The Neve Dekalim yeshiva, formerly the largest yeshiva in Gush Katif, commemorated four years since the Disengagement from Gaza this week. The yeshiva, which is now located in Ashkelon, believes the next eviction can only be prevented by educating all Israelis about the religious value of the Land of Israel.
“The spirit of Gush Katif centered on combining Torah and life, spirituality and hard labor,” Yeshiva head Rabbi David Gavrieli told the 400 people who attended the commemoration ceremony. “Today, our mission is more complicated because we are no longer in an insular religious community. We must now disseminate these same values to the entire public in the State of Israel.”