The West Bank is better known in Israel as Yehuda v’Shomron, or Judah and Samaria. Why do the Jewish People have their own name for this area of Israel? What is the Jewish connection to this area, dating back millennia? Knowing the history, from ancient times to modern day, sheds light on the contested settlements and geo-political reality in Israel today.
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“Where is our Hebron — have we forgotten her?! Where is our Shechem, our Jericho — where? — Have we forgotten them? And all that lies beyond the Jordan — each and every clod of earth, every region, hill, valley, every plot of land, that is part of Eretz Israel — have we the right to give up even one grain of the Land of God?”
One of the results of the Six Day War was that the Biblical cities mentioned by Rabbi Kook a month before the war broke out were returned to the Jewish people. Do you agree or disagree with Rabbi Kook’s assessment that we deeply need Hebron, Shechem, Jericho, etc. to foster a deep connection to the “Land of God” as he calls it?
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