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    As in the past so it remains today - we were and still are under the selfsame commitment to adhere to the directions of the Gedolei Yisrael, who stand guard against breaches of purity threatening our camp. When we were required to ask – we asked. When we were instructed to depart – we left. The moment we are summoned back to raise the flag, every other consideration is pushed to the side and we answer: We are ready!

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  • Harav Yisrael Friedman zy”a, the Rebbe of Husyatin

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    The ancestral chain of Harav Yisrael Friedman, the founder of the Husyatin chassidic court, originates with the holy Baal Shem Tov. The Husyatin chassidus has its roots in Galicia and eventually came to Tel Aviv, during the turbulent years between the two World Wars.

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    In honour of Chanukah, we will discuss a fascinating, ongoing investigation attempting to establish the place of burial of Mattisyahu Kohen Gadol and his family.

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After Rabban Gamliel to Yavneh!

In the center of the country, between the cities of Rechovot and Ashdod, the city of Yavneh is situated. In the heart of Yavneh, in the midst of a large park, stands an ancient grave which is attributed to Rabban Gamliel.

Mordechai Zeevi 15/06/2009 12:00
In the Gemara, tractate Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Yehudah Bar Idi relates: "And Rabbi Yochanan said: 'the Divine Providence went through ten voyages and against that the Sanhedrin has gone through ten exiles…from Lishkat Hagazit to Chanut, from Chanut to Jerusalem and from Jerusalem to Yavneh.'"

During the period of the destruction of the Second Temple, the Nassi Rabban Shimon Ben Gamliel, who was one of the Ten Martyrs, was murdered at the hands of the Romans. After his murder, the Romans refused to accept his son, Rabban Gamliel, as Nassi, instead appointing Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakai who had begged Vespasian to spare the city of Yavneh and its wise men. Following the end of the Vespasian Dynasty rule in Rome, Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakai returned the title of Nassi to Rabban Gamliel.

Rabban Gamliel was appointed Head of the Sanhedrin, and during his leadership many new rulings were implemented, among them the Blessing of the Gentiles in the Amidah prayer.

Today's city of Yavneh is located over the ruins of an Arabic village which bore the same name. In close proximity to the city, near the local train station on a small hill called Tel Yavneh, an ancient tower is situated. No archeological diggings have been conducted in the area; however the tower is widely believed to originate from the ancient city of Yavneh, where Rabban Gamliel headed the Sanhedrin.

Adjacent to the train station, at the entrance to the city, stands a magnificent tent. The tent is decorated with bows and stone engravings, and is, according to tradition, the burial place of Rabban Gamliel. The gravestone is situated in the middle of the tent, half in the men's section and half in the women's section. Surrounding it are several marble stones where various famous sayings of Rabban Gamliel are engraved. A synagogue is active inside the tent and many Jews visit the site daily. The tent stands in the middle of a large park named 'The Park of the Sanhedrin', and at the entrance to the park stands an ancient stone coffin. It is assumed that the coffin dates back to the time of the Second Temple, when it was customary to bury the dead in similar coffins. The park is surrounded by large grass fields and at one end of the park stands a structure artistically painted with a breathtaking mosaic presentation of the Six Orders of the Mishnah.