Love of the Land - Yosef's Tomb
Selections from classical Torah sources
which express the special relationship between
the People of Israel and Eretz Yisrael
When the Israelites left Egypt they took along the bones of Yosef and eventually buried them in Shechem (Yehoshua 24:32). Our Sages (Mesechta Sotah 13b) explain that it was from where Yaakov's family lived in Shechem that he was abducted by his brothers and sold into slavery, so it was to Shechem that his remains were returned.
One of the earliest casualties of the recent Palestinian uprising was Jewish control of this tomb, and Jews throughout the world pray that this theft too will soon be returned.
Written by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach, Dean, Ohr Somayach Institutions
General Editor: Rabbi Moshe Newman
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