Love of the Land

For the week ending 5 May 2007 / 17 Iyyar 5767

Bar'am Tomb of Prophet Ovadiah

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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In the north of Israel near the Hiram Junction is the village of Bar'am where there is a tomb that is believed by many to contain the remains of the Prophet Ovadiah.

Our Talmudic Sages describe Ovadiah as an Edomite proselyte whose prophecy, recorded in the Book of the 12 “Minor Prophets”, is entirely directed against Edom.

He managed the household of the idol-worshipping King Achav and Queen Izevel and managed to save a hundred true prophets from their murderous hands by hiding them in two caves and supplying all their needs.

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