Joshua 4:20
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20  And Yehoshua set up in Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken from the Yarden.

v’-AYT sh’-TAYM es-RAY ha-a-va-NEEM ha-AY-leh a-SHER la-k’-KHU min ha-yar-DAYN hay-KEEM y’-ho-SHU-a ba-gil-GAL

כ  וְאֵת שְׁתֵּים עֶשְׂרֵה הָאֲבָנִים הָאֵלֶּה אֲשֶׁר לָקְחוּ מִן־הַיַּרְדֵּן הֵקִים יְהוֹשֻׁעַ בַּגִּלְגָּל׃

 4:20   And Yehoshua set up in Gilgal the twelve stones

Gilgal Argaman, proposed location of biblical Gilgal

Yehoshua establishes a monument from twelve stones taken from the Yarden, each representing one tribe. Rabbi Shlomo Aviner notes that this monument represents the “unity but not uniformity” of the Jewish people. There are twelve individual stones, which symbolize the diversity of the tribes. But the stones are not scattered. Together, they form a unified monument. This “unity but not uniformity” is one of the keys to Israel’s success. Israel is an extremely diverse country. Yet her people have unified to create a society that is truly a “light unto the nations.”

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