Adurayim, in southern Judea: In March of this year, it was abandoned; in early June, a policeman was murdered nearby by terrorists; and in late June, Jewish pioneers started – and have not stopped – making sure it will remain Jewish.
Tomorrow morning, the second day of Chanukah, dozens of Jews who care about the Land of Israel will converge on Adurayim, as they have done nearly every week for the past six months, and “restore light to Adurayim in honor of the Festival of Lights.”
The efforts are being led by Women in Green and The Committee for a Jewish Adurayim, who succeeded via similar pioneering persistence in restoring a permanent Jewish presence to Shdema, north of Gush Etzion, earlier this year. They are also active in Netzer, in the heart of Gush Etzion, which faces the threat of Arab take-over.
Punctuating the Chanukah celebrations at the site will be Rabbi Dr. Matanya Ben-Gedalya from the nearby town of Beit Haggai, who will be speaking in Hebrew on "The Influence of the Maccabbees’ Sanctification of G-d’s Name Upon Future Generations."
Other residents of the area who have lectured at Adurayim in recent weeks have included Attorney and former MK Elyakim HaEtzni of Kiryat Arba, Rabbi Yitzchak Ideles of Tene-Omarim, Oz Vered of Otniel, Rosh Yehudi founder Yisrael Ze'ira from Maaleh Chever, Rabbi Dan Mertzbach of Otniel, and Kiryat Arba-Hevron Chief Rabbi Dov Lior.