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)

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Yehoshua Chapter 8 - 8 Nissan (Thursday April 6)

Yehoshua - Chapter 8- English text with Rashi

Hashem assures Yehoshua that they should not be afraid, and that He will now deliever Ai into their hands. Yehoshua takes all of the forces with him. He sends thirty thousand men to ambush the city from behind. The main fighting group, led by Yehoshua draw the attention of the king of Ai. When he and all of his men rush out to fight Yisrael, the troops retreat, drawing the fighting power of Ai away from the city, leaving it unprotected. The ambush troops capture the city, and the main troops turn around to fight the the men of Ai, who are now trapped between the troops of B'nai Yisrael on both sides. All of the population of Ai is killed, and the city is burnt down. The king is captured and brought to Yehoshua, and then hung. B'nai Yisrael are allowed to take some of the loot of the city, because Hashem had told Yehoshua earlier that they could do so.
Yehoshua builds a mizbeach (altar) on Har Eval, and inscribes a copy of the Torah there. All of B'nai Yisrael participates in a ceremony on Har Eval, and a neighboring mountain, Har Gerizim, "as was written in the Torah".

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