מזבח יהושע בן נון בהר עיבל
(Updated with some minor corrections)
As a service to bloggers in Israel this Chanuka, I'm posting a special Chanuka tiyul/tour offer which I received today.
The tiyul will be to Har Eval (Eval Mountain) on Sunday, the 7th day of Chanuka (Sunday Jan 1rst). What's so special about Har Eval? Has Jameel totally lost it for good? Where the heck is Har Eval, why would anyone go there, and it sounds mega scary...
Backing up - a bit of history. When Bnei Yisrael entered the land of Israel under the leadership of Yehoshua, one of the first commandments they were supposed to do was to go to Har Greizim and Har Eval. 6 tribes would stand on either mountain top, with the Levi'im in the valley below (Shechem), and they would read the brachot and klalot written in sefer Devarim. Yehoshua also built a mizbe'ach on Har Eval.
Many archeologist believe that the structure found on Har Eval in 1983 by archaeologist Adam Zertal is that of the mizbe'ach actually built by Yehoshua. The tiyul which is under the safety, security and auspices of the IDF will take people to the mizbe'ach on Har Eval.
In light of the current political climate, I can't say when we'll have another opportunity for such a great tiyul. If G-d forbid, this area is given to PA control, we can easily assume that this historic find will suffer the same sort of treatment as the shuls in Gush Katif and Kever Yosef.
For more information, please email me. I'm not organizing this and will NOT to post all the details for security reasons.
Hat-tip to MM the kiwi for the corrections.
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael