Love of the Land

For the week ending 23 February 2008 / 17 Adar I 5768

Kerem Ben Zimra - Named for a Sage

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
Located about eight kilometers west of Tsefat is the Moshav Kerem ben Zimra, which Jews built on the site of the village, evacuated by the Arabs during the War of Independence.

The name of the moshav stems from the tradition that buried in that area is the Talmudic Sage Rabbi Yossi ben Zimra.

One of the statements for which this Sage is famous goes like this:

"Just as a woman is not ashamed to ask her husband for the needs of her family, so too are the prophets not ashamed to ask G-d for the needs of His people."

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