Judges 1:13
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13  His younger kinsman, Otniel the Kenizzite, captured it; and Kalev gave him his daughter Achsah in marriage.

va-yil-k’-DAH ot-nee-AYL ben k’-NAZ a-KHEE kha-LAYV ha-ka-TON mi-ME-nu va-yi-ten LO et akh-SAH vi-TO l’-i-SHAH

יג  וַיִּלְכְּדָהּ עָתְנִיאֵל בֶּן־קְנַז אֲחִי כָלֵב הַקָּטֹן מִמֶּנּוּ וַיִּתֶּן־לוֹ אֶת־עַכְסָה בִתּוֹ לְאִשָּׁה׃

 1:13   His younger kinsman, Otniel son of K’naz, captured it

This verse, describing the conquest of Kiryat Sefer, demonstrates Otniel the Kenizzite’s power as a military leader. However, Otniel is more than just a strategic tactician. The classic commentator Rashi (Joshua 15:15) notes that Kiryat Sefer, which means ‘the  city of the book,’ gets its name from an incident that occurred after Moshe’s death. Due to the people’s profound sadness, many biblical laws were forgotten. However, Otniel, with his great intellectual prowess, relearns and restores these commandments. Hence, we see that Otniel is not only a great warrior; he is also a great Torah scholar. Similarly, today’s Israeli army has many soldier-scholars who combine “the book and the sword” in their service of God and the Jewish people.

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  • Joe

    Isra'el should never force the ultra-orthodox into military service. This is tantamount to sending priests into war and wholly unappropriate and just another reason why the left is trying so hard to depose Bibi so they can enact a sweeping draft over the Haredim. I shudder to even think about it happening.

  • PAULINE ALLEN

    OTHNIEL THE SON OF KENAZ, CALEBS YOUNGER BROTHER, CAPTURED IT, SO HE GAVE HIM HIS DAUGHTER ACHSAH AS A WIFE.

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