Love of the Land

For the week ending 28 August 2010 / 17 Elul 5770

Wadi Ara Echoes of the Past

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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A 2000-year-old round bronze tablet discovered 13 years ago in the Nachal Iron area popularly known as Wadi Ara may be a clue to the location of a major battle recorded in Sefer Shoftim.

Archeologists studying this tablet suggest that it was part of a linchpin that held the wheel to a war chariot sent to battle against the Jews by the Canaanite general Sisera.

The irony of this discovery is that engraved on this tablet is the face of an unknown woman. It was a woman, the Prophetess Devorah, who organized the army that defeated Sisera and another woman, Yael, who killed him when he fled from the battlefield to her tent.

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