No one can learn the Bible better than being in Israel, as second graders from Samaria learned by experiencing the uniqueness of living in Israel and learning the Bible through a visit to the traditional grave of Joshua.
The students from the Ben Porat Yosef Talmud Torah at Yitzhar, in northern Samaria (Shomron) celebrated their completion of the Book of Yehoshua (Joshua) by visiting his grave, located north of Jerusalem and between Ariel and the Barkan in Samaria.
IDF Brigade Colonel Ran Kahane and Major Shimon Sheetrit accompanied the children through Arab villages to celebrate their completion of learning the book. The brigade commander congratulated them and said he hopes they will follow Joshua’s path of combining strength with spiritual wisdom.
The children in turn wished the IDF commander the blessing bestowed on Joshua to keep the Torah and “do everything that is written” in order to succeed.
Towards midnight, the IDF officers joined the children, their parents and relatives in dancing and singing, “This is the time of mercy to do His will before You (HaShem).”
The Shomron Regional Council and One Shechem coordinate with the IDF several times a year to visit the burial site.