Joshua 19:50
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50  At the command of Hashem they gave him the town that he asked for, Timnath-serah in the hill country of Efraim; he fortified the town and settled in it.

al PEE a-do-NAI na-t’-NU LO et ha-EER a-SHER sha-AL et tim-nat SE-rakh b’-HAR ef-RA-yim va-yiv-NEH et ha-EER va-YAY-shev bah

נ  עַל־פִּי יְהֹוָה נָתְנוּ לוֹ אֶת־הָעִיר אֲשֶׁר שָׁאָל אֶת־תִּמְנַת־סֶרַח בְּהַר אֶפְרָיִם וַיִּבְנֶה אֶת־הָעִיר וַיֵּשֶׁב בָּהּ׃

19:50   They gave him the town that he asked for

Tomb of Yehoshua in Kifl Hares, thought to be biblical Timnat Serach

As the leader of the people, Yehoshua waits until the end of the process of dividing the land before receiving his own inheritance. He asks for Timnat Serach (Timnath-serah), in the mountains of Efraim, and through the lots, Hashem grants his request. However, unlike others who inherited existing towns built by the Canaanites, Yehoshua would not be able to simply move in; first, he needs to build the city. This is the task of leaders — to build something where nothing currently exists. In contemporary in Israel, many modern religious, political and business leaders have followed this model, and like Yehoshua, have been blessed by Hashem with success. In the context of the miraculous growth of the State of Israel, many communities, schools, organizations and institutions, as well as fertile farmland and stunning landscapes, have risen out of nothingness.


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