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Rabbi Hershel Schachter has a yutorah mp3 on the Gaza Disengagement. The southern Biblical border described in the end of Numbers is "Nachal Mitzrayim", generally understood to be Wadi-al-Arish; by that definition, Gush Katif would be included. The borders listed in the Mishna in Gittin reflect which parts of the land were consecrated during the times of ...


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Bottom line, it's a machlokes.. Dose of Halacha writes: While R’ Benzion Abba Shaul (Ohr Letzion 2:14:40n) writes that one should say ..oseh maaseh bereishis upon seeing the Dead Sea, R’ Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (Halichos Shlomo 23:n43) and R’ Shmuel Wosner (Shevet Halevi 9:47) held that one doesn’t recite a beracha as it was not created during the Six ...


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The Midrash Tanchuma in Parshas Lech L'cha (8) writes: עָשׂוּ מִלְחָמָה אֶת בֶּרַע, שֶׁהָיָה רַע לַשָּׁמַיִם וְלַבְּרִיּוֹת. בִּרְשַׁע, שֶׁנַּעֲשָׂה רָשָׁע. שִׁנְאָב, שֶׁהָיָה שׂוֹנֵא לָאָב שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַיִם. שֶׁמְאֵבֶר, שֶׁאָמַר אֶעֱלֶה בָּאֵבֶר עַל בָּמֳתֵי עָב. כָּל אֵלֶּה חָבְרוּ אֶל עֵמֶק הַשִּׂדִּים, שֶׁהָיְתָה מְנִיקָה אוֹתָן כְּשֵׁם שֶׁשָּׁדַיִם ...


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It is mentioned in the Torah (Bereishis 14:3) כָּל אֵלֶּה חָבְרוּ אֶל עֵמֶק הַשִּׂדִּים הוּא יָם הַמֶּלַח: All these joined in the valley of Siddim, which is the Dead Sea. There, Rashi comments that the Dead Sea wasn't part of the original creation, but the sea flowed into it later. He also quotes a Midrash that the rocks split and rivers flowed into it. ...



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