Dozens of people traveled to northern Samaria this week, avoiding police along the way, in order to attend a festive gathering with Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsberg. The gathering was held in Sa-Nur, one of the cities demolished in the 2005 Disengagement.
Those who reached Sa-Nur were not only veteran Land of Israel activists, but also citizens from across the country. The group met with Rabbi Ginsberg in an ancient structure that, prior to the destruction of Sa-Nur, served as an artisans' gallery.
The meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Homesh, another community that was torn down in 2005. However, as would-be celebrants approached Homesh, they saw that Border Police had gathered there in hopes of preventing Israelis from congregating at the site. Instead of clashing with the police officers, the group simply changed its destination and continued to Sa-Nur.
Participants reported that the gathering was emotionally charged, with feelings of joy mingling with sadness over the destruction of the once thriving community and hope that it would soon be rebuilt.