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