Yam Kinneret (Sea Of Galilee)
Selections from classical Torah sources
which express the special relationship between
the People of Israel and Eretz Yisrael
YAM KINNERET (SEA OF GALILEE)
Also referred to in various cultures as the Sea of Galilee and the Sea of Tiberias, this beautiful harp-shaped lake is one of the most beautiful sites of the Land, and one of its most important sources of fresh water and fish.
Some say that its very name comes from its similarity to the kinor (Hebrew for harp), either because of its shape or the musical sound of its waves.
Lying 212 meters below the level of the Mediterranean, this lake is 13 miles long and 8 miles at its greatest width, with a circumference of 33 miles.
The beauty of the area and the swimming and boating that the lake affords have made the Kinneret region a popular resort area for Israeli residents as well as visitors from abroad. The city of Teveria (Tiberias) is the most important of the cities in the area and the site of some famous tombs.
Written by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach, Dean, Ohr Somayach Institutions
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