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)

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Yehoshua Chapter 6- "The Walls Come Tumbling Down"- 6 Nissan (Tuesday April 4)

Yehoshua - Chapter 6- English text with Rashi


Hashem reassures Yehoshua that although Yericho (Jericho) seems impenetrable, they will be able to conquer it. Hashem tells Yehoshua what he should do. All the warriors, led by seven Kohanim (priests) with shofars, as well as the Aron (ark), should circle the walls of the city once a day for six days. On the seventh day they are to circle the city seven times, and the Kohanim are to blow the shofars. When the people hear the shofar blasts, they will give a mighty shout, the walls of the city will collapse, and the people will be able to enter Yericho. They follow this procedure, and capture Yericho.
All the property in Yericho is placed in cherem (meaning dedicated to G-d and destroyed--the people are not allowed to take any loot). Yehoshua is careful to warn the people not to harm Rachav, in order to fulfill the promise the spies made to protect her. Rachav and her family are taken to B'nai Yisrael's camp, and the city of Yericho is destroyed. Yehoshua declares that Yericho is not to be rebuilt, and that a curse will be on anyone who attempts to do so.

Links:
· What is the significance of the
shofar in the siege of Jericho?
·
R' Yisrael Rozen on the significance ofYericho in the thought of Chazal (Hebrew)

Points to ponder:
The Yerushalmi (Sukkah 4:3) connects the practice of hoshanos on Sukkos and the siege of Jericho.

What is the significance of this connection?
1) The Aruch laNer suggests that since Sukkot is a time of Hallel (praise for Hashem), and we have a general principle that Hallel is primarily for miracles in Eretz Yisrael, it is appropriate to celebrate the fall of Yericho on Sukkot as well.
It is interesting to note that in
Nechemyah 8:17, Yehoshua is seen as the last time Sukkot was properly celebrated, perhaps strengthening the sense of Sukkot as connected to the conquest of Eretz Yisrael (the connection between the Sukkos of Yehoshua and the Sukkos of Shivas Tzion, etc.) See also the Moreh Nevuchim 3:43 and Shu”t Chasam Sofer Orach Chayim 185.
2.)Alternatively, see the tefillah found in siddurim for recitation during chibut aravah, which talks about toppling the iron wall separating between us and Hashem.

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