Love of the Land

For the week ending 25 July 2009 / 3 Av 5769

Antipatrus The Great Confrontation

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

Near Petach Tikva is a hill called Antipatrus at whose base is the source of the Yarkon River which flows through Tel Aviv to the Mediterranean Sea.

This is the site where the great confrontation between the Kohen Gadol Shimon Hatzaddik and Alexander the great took place.

The Macedonian king was leading his army to Jerusalem where he planned to destroy the Beit Hamikdash. But his march was intercepted by the appearance of the high priest who had marched all night to confront him. When he saw Shimon Hatzaddik he descended from his chariot and prostrated himself before him, explaining that what he saw before him was the vision that accompanied him in every one of his battles.

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