Love of the Land

Telz Stone - Ein Charod

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Love of the Land
Selections from classical Torah sources
which express the special relationship between
the People of Israel and Eretz Yisrael


When Gideon rallied an army of 32,000 to battle against a Midian-led invasion, he was commanded by Hashem to reduce the number of his soldiers so that there would be no possibility for assuming that the Divinely orchestrated Israelite victory was due to their own power. The selection process described in Shoftim (7:1-7) took place at the spring called Ein Charod, and Gideon's tiny remaining force of 300 won a miraculous victory.

It was at this spring that the Mongol invasion of the Middle East was stopped in 1260 by the Mamluk army of Egypt.

In 1921 Kibbutz Ein Charod established its home near this historical site and split into two communities in 1953 over ideological differences that then swept the socialist kibbutzim in Israel.

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