Deuteronomy 33:12
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12  Of Binyamin he said: Beloved of Hashem, He rests securely beside Him; Ever does He protect him, As he rests between His shoulders.

l’-vin-ya-MIN a-MAR y’-DEED a-do-NAI yish-KON la-VE-takh a-LAV kho-FAYF a-LAV kol ha-YOM u-VAYN k’-tay-FAV sha-KHAYN

יב  לְבִנְיָמִן אָמַר יְדִיד יְהֹוָה יִשְׁכֹּן לָבֶטַח עָלָיו חֹפֵף עָלָיו כָּל־הַיּוֹם וּבֵין כְּתֵיפָיו שָׁכֵן׃

 33:12   As he rests between His shoulders

Model of the Second Beit Hamikdash, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Immediately before his death, Moshe blesses each of the tribes with a blessing corresponding to its unique qualities. These words make reference to the fact that the Beit Hamikdash was built in the part of the city of Yerushalayim which belongs to the tribe of Binyamin. One reason offered to explain why Binyamin merited the Beit Hamikdash in his portion is that while all the other sons of Yaakov were born outside Israel, the youngest son, Binyamin, was born in the land (see Genesis 35:18). Therefore, he merited the special privilege of having the Temple in his territory.


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