Making Something out of Nothing

August 20, 2021

As the leader of the people, Joshua waits until the end of the process of dividing the land before receiving his own inheritance. Just like Caleb, he requests and is granted a specific portion of land.

Joshua asks for Timnath-serah in the mountains of Efraim, and through the divine lots is granted his request. Timnath-serah is identified with the contemporary Palistinian village of Kifl Hares which is on the Trans-Samaria Highway near the settlement of Ariel.

Not only did Joshua inherit and settle Timnath-serah, he was buried there as well (Joshua 24:30). However, when referring to Joshua’s burial place in the Book of Judges it is called Timnat-heres, which means the portion of the sun, instead of Timnat-serah. It was given this second name because of the image of the sun that was engraved on Joshua’s tombstone; an allusion to the incident when Joshua stopped the son at Gibeon in order that the Children of Israel would be able to complete their military victory over the Amorites.

Unlike Caleb and others who inherited existing towns already built by the Canaanites, Joshua was not able to simply move into Timnat-Serah and settle down. He first needed to build the city as mentioned in today’s verse. This is the task of leaders — to build something where nothing currently exists.

In contemporary Israel, many modern religious, political and business leaders have followed this model of building something out of nothing, and like Joshua, have been blessed by God 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.

Rabbi Tuly Weisz

Rabbi Tuly Weisz is the founder of Israel365 and the editor of “The Israel Bible,” the first Bible dedicated to highlighting the relationship between the Land and the People of Israel. Rabbi Tuly is a columnist for Israel365news, the Jerusalem Post, Fox News and Newsmax who writes passionately about Israel, the Bible and Jewish-Christian relations. In addition to his writings, Rabbi Tuly has appeared alongside Alan Dershowitz on ILTV, on CBN’s “700 Club”, Daystar, Israel National News, TBN and numerous other television appearances. Rabbi Weisz attended Yeshiva University (BA), Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (Rabbinic Ordination) and the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law (JD) and served as the Rabbi of the Beth Jacob Congregation in Columbus, Ohio before making Aliyah to Israel. Rabbi Tuly lives with his wife and is blessed with 6 children and lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel.

Rabbi Tuly Weisz

Rabbi Tuly Weisz is the founder of Israel365 and the editor of “The Israel Bible,” the first Bible dedicated to highlighting the relationship between the Land and the People of Israel. Rabbi Tuly is a columnist for Israel365news, the Jerusalem Post, Fox News and Newsmax who writes passionately about Israel, the Bible and Jewish-Christian relations. In addition to his writings, Rabbi Tuly has appeared alongside Alan Dershowitz on ILTV, on CBN’s “700 Club”, Daystar, Israel National News, TBN and numerous other television appearances. Rabbi Weisz attended Yeshiva University (BA), Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (Rabbinic Ordination) and the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law (JD) and served as the Rabbi of the Beth Jacob Congregation in Columbus, Ohio before making Aliyah to Israel. Rabbi Tuly lives with his wife and is blessed with 6 children and lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel.

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