5 He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Yaakov whom He loved. Selah.
yiv-khar LA-nu et na-kha-la-TAY-nu ET g’-ON ya-a-KOV a-sher a-HAYV SE-lah
ה יִבְחַר־לָנוּ אֶת־נַחֲלָתֵנוּ אֶת גְּאוֹן יַעֲקֹב אֲשֶׁר־אָהֵב סֶלָה׃
47:5 Pride of Yaakov
“The Pride of Yaakov” was the name of a famous academy of Torah learning in the Land of Israel. Also, called Yeshivat Eretz Yisrael, it lasted from the sixth until the twelfth century CE. It began in Tiveria (Tiberias), the center of Jewish intellectual life from the second to tenth centuries CE, under the tutelage of Rabbi Yehuda Nesiah, grandson of Rabbi Yehuda the Prince. Tiveria was the last headquarters of the High Court of Israel, called the Sanhedrin, which left Yerushalyim after it fell to the Romans in 70 CE. It saw the development of the Jerusalem Talmud, the diacritics for Hebrew writing, cantillation and many other Jewish intellectual activities. The academy went through many iterations and was housed in different locations but maintained a strong, central position in Jewish life and scholarship for close to six hundred years.