Love of the Land - Ein Gedi
Selections from classical Torah sources
which express the special relationship between
the People of Israel and Eretz Yisrael
Ancient Ein Gedi was the wilderness area where David and his men found refuge from the pursuing forces of King Saul. It was there that David waived the opportunity of slaying his royal adversary who had inadvertently entered alone into the cave where David was hiding. Rather than slay his pursuer, David contented himself with secretly snipping off the edge of King Saul's coat in order to later prove that such a situation had existed.
Modern Ein Gedi is a small settlement established in 1949 as a stronghold near what was then the border with a hostile Jordan.
The natural beauty of the area finds expression
in Shir Hashirim (1:14) where King Solomon describes
the vineyards of Ein Gedi covering the surrounding mountainsides.
Although the Roman historian Pliny later lamented that Ein Gedi
was, like Jerusalem, "a heap of ashes," the Prophet
Yechezkel (47:10) foresaw an Ein Gedi blessed with an abundance
of fish, symbolic of the eventual restoration of the Holy Land.
Written by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach, Dean, Ohr Somayach Institutions
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