Love of the Land

Mount Tavor

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Love of the Land
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MOUNT TAVOR

When the Prophetess Devorah called upon Barak ben Avinoam in the name of Hashem to gather the thousand soldiers from the tribes of Naftali and Zevulun in order to free Israel from the yoke of Canaanite oppression, she directed him to confront the mighty forces led by Sisra at Mount Tavor. It was on this lofty mountain in the north of Eretz Yisrael that Hashem granted the outnumbered and outarmed Israelite forces a miraculous victory over their enemies. (Shoftim 4:6-15)

Because it was destined to be the scene of such a great miracle, Mount Tavor asked that the Torah be given to Israel upon it. Its claim was rejected, says the Midrash (Bereishet Rabbah 89:1), because idols had been worshipped upon it. In the end of days, however, it will regain its glory, for Hashem will bring Mount Tavor together with Mount Sinai and Mount Carmel and build the Beit Hamikdash upon them. (Midrash Tanchuma 36:6)


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