Love of the Land

For the week ending 19 January 2008 / 12 Shevat 5768

Chatzor Ha-Gelilit Tomb of the Circle Marker

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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Near the northern community of Chatzor there is the tomb of one of the most colorful of the Talmudic Sages.

Choni Ha-Me'agel was famed for his ability to successfully pray for rain in a time of drought. It is related in the Talmud that he drew a circle and stood in its center, refusing to leave that spot until his prayers were answered – hence the surname Ha-Me'agel (the circle marker).

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