Love of the Land - Beth El
Selections from classical Torah sources
which express the special relationship between
the People of Israel and Eretz Yisrael
Avraham's first encampment upon entering Eretz Yisrael was east of this city (Bereishet 12:8). (The same name meaning "House of G-d" was applied by Yaakov to Mt. Moriah where the Beit Hamikdash would eventually be built.) It was in Beth El that the patron angel of Esav who wrestled with Yaakov (Bereishet 32:25) eventually conceded to the patriarch Yaakov that he was entitled to the blessings he received from his father Yitzchak in place of Esav (Hoshea 12:5). The modern settlement bearing this name is the home of a Yeshivat Hesder.
Written by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach, Dean, Ohr Somayach Institutions
General Editor: Rabbi Moshe Newman
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