The Settlement of Homesh

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Homesh Water Tower
Homesh Water Tower

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The community was named after five villages that were there in the times of the Mishna and the Talmud, and its Greek name was preserved in the name of the village Pentakomia (Penta= five in Greek). In 1978 Homesh was established as a Nahal nucleus by the name of “Ma’ale Nahal” on a high mountain looking out over wide plains “from Hadera to Gadera” (650 meters above sea level). In 1981 the place was naturalized and became a secular community in the Shomron regional council as part of the National Worker Settlement Movement. In the 90s, a large group of families from the former USSR joined the founding nucleus, and in the 2000s some young religious couples came to the community and became part of the special social fabric of the place and even established a Yeshiva in the community.

Rabbi Meir Goldmintz connects this area to the area owned by the Biblical Tribe, Menashe. He also finds a connection between the Hebrew name of this area and the five daughters of Zelophchad that were granted portions in the land of Israel by Moshe.

He contends, the daughters of Zelophchad are symbols of affection for the land. They were trailblazers in the laws of inheritance, and Hashem agreed with them. It is without question that this place, Homesh is the greatest symbol today of affection for the land and advancing forward.

For more about what he said in Hebrew see

הישוב חומש – רב מאיר גולדמינץ – קדושת ציון

The author of this post has not studied the issue sufficiently to determine how strong is the connection between Homesh and the five daughters of Zelophchad.

Recently Naftali Bennett’s Left-Wing Government Gave A Prize to Terrorism in Homesh

Recently, Israeli Border Police and army following orders from Naftali Bennett’s left-wing government (which takes orders from President Joe Biden) demolished the homes of some families and other buildings in the Homesh settlement. The forces also demolished the building that serves as a dorm for yeshiva students.

The Homesh Yeshiva stated: “It is a prize for Terrorism!”… “Unfortunately, we see that the Israeli government has decided, following the attack in which Yehuda Dimentman was killed, to cancel the yeshiva in Homesh. The terrorists are achieving their goal through the contractor – the Israeli government.”

MK Avi Maoz responded: “The equation of the left-wing government led by Bennett, according to which Jews are evacuated from the place where a Jew was murdered, is a reward for murderous terrorism. This equation gives Arabs the feeling that they are the lords of the land”… “Kill a Jew – and the Jews will flee.”

Results of Bennett's Destruction in Homesh
Results of Bennett’s Destruction in Homesh – picture by Homesh Yeshiva


This post was  written by Shlomo Moshe Scheinman