Selections from classical Torah sources
which express the special relationship between
the People of Israel and Eretz Yisrael
This Biblical city was built by Omri, King of Israel, on Mount Shomron which he purchased from Shemer and named after him (Melachim I 16:24). Although Omri "did evil in the eyes of Hashem," our Sages point out that his good deed in adding a city to Eretz Yisrael gained for him the distinction of being the first of the rulers of the Kingdom of Israel to be succeeded to the throne by both his son and grandson (Sanhedrin 72b).
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