The Negev, the Jew and the land

Ben-Gurion recognized that the Negev was simply the largest area in which the world would allow the Jewish people to grow and develop.

By DAVID GEFFEN
September 28, 2017 08:36
4 minute read.
Shmuel Adler, who with his wife, Daffy, and three children (pictured) joined nine other couples in c

Shmuel Adler, who with his wife, Daffy, and three children (pictured) joined nine other couples in creating a community in the Negev for religious and secular families.. (photo credit: PR)

The drama of the Negev is played out on a daily basis. Its shifting sands, multi-colored craters and occasional oases create a vivid pageant far greater than the eye can behold. The city dweller, frequently unaccustomed to these elements of the wilderness, must shake away his reveries when descending into this striking part of Israel.

As Yom Kippur is observed, we also must focus on the scapegoat which, after all our sins are placed upon it, is released into the wilderness. This creature has a potent meaning for us because it means that our transgressions have now been carried away into the shifting sands. We have prayed poignantly, asking God to forgive us our trespasses, but this act of physically freeing ourselves from sins into a wilderness adds to all the words we have spoken with great fervor.

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