5 There, too, you shall build a mizbayach to Hashem your God, a mizbayach of stones. Do not wield an iron tool over them;
u-va-NEE-ta SHAM miz-BAY-akh la-do-NAI e-lo-HE-kha miz-BAKH a-va-NEEM lo ta-NEEF a-lay-HEM bar-ZEL
ה וּבָנִיתָ שָּׁם מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ מִזְבַּח אֲבָנִים לֹא־תָנִיף עֲלֵיהֶם בַּרְזֶל׃
27:5 There, too, you shall build a mizbayach
Moshe commands the Israelites that upon entry into the land, they are to perform a ceremony recommitting themselves to Hashem and His Torah. This ceremony is to take place on Mount Gerizim and Mount Eival, located near the city of Shechem, also known today as Nablus. Indeed, the fulfilment of this command is documented in Sefer Yehoshua (8:30-35). In addition to the ceremony, the Jewish people are commanded to build an altar on Mount Eival. They are to inscribe the Torah on its stones and, according to the Sages, then dismantle the altar and place the stones in Gilgal, their first station in the Land of Israel (Sotah 36a). According to Rabbi Yitzchak Abrabanel, these stones inscribed with the Torah text, placed at the entry to the land, indicated to all that this is the land of the Torah. They served as a reminder that the purpose of living in Eretz Yisrael is to practice the Torah’s commandments, and that all success in the land comes from Hashem. In the modern State of Israel, Bible studies are a mandatory part of the curriculum in the state’s educational system. As Zalman Shazar, third president of the State of Israel and then minister of education, said in his address to Knesset after the passing of the Compulsory Education Law in 1949, “Rich or poor, only children or large families, single or married — we must all carry the burden of Torah study.” This quote, as well as a portrait of President Shazar, are featured on the 200 shekel bill first printed in 1999.