Nach Yomi for Avraham

A worldwide project aimed at developing beki'ut in Tanach, inspired by, and as zechut for, R' Avraham Norin (Avraham Dov ben Golda)

Friday, April 21, 2006

Yehoshua Chapter 24- Nissan 24- (Shabbos April 22)

Yehoshua - Chapter 24 with Rashi (English)

Yehoshua assembles the nation in Shechem, and recounts Jewish history, beginning with Hashem choosing Avraham and bringing him into Eretz Canaan, and continuing through slavery in Egypt, the exodus, the splitting of the Red Sea, the battles on the East Bank, the struggle with Balak and the conquest of Canaan. He then challenges them to accept Hashem as their God and to reject idolatry. The nation pledges their faith to Hashem, and Yehoshua makes a new covenant with them.  In an intriguing passage, we are told that he  gives them “chok u-mishpat” (24:25) , writes this down ”in the book of the Torah of Elokim,” (see Abravanel for a number of  options)  and erects  a great stone under the alah (see Rashi for two opinions).
Yehoshua dies, and is buried in Timnas Serach, and we are told that Bnei Yisrael were loyal to the Torah during the entire time of the elders. We are told that Yosef’s bones were buried in Shechem, and that Elazar the Kohen Gadol dies and was buried in Givas Pinchas in Har Efrayim .  
Hadran alach Sefer Yehoshua!

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