The Homesh Yeshiva is bustling with life and learning after being reopened at a permanent location on government land.
Homesh was one of four Jewish communities in Samaria which were destroyed as part of the 2005 Disengagement. The Disengagement Law barred Jews from returning to those communities for nearly two decades until its repeal earlier this year.
The yeshiva has been demolished multiple times over the years in accordance with the Disengagement Law, but now that the relevant parts of the law have been repealed, the government has worked to find accommodations for the yeshiva and to bring an end to the institution's legal troubles.
The result: last week, the yeshiva reopened on nearby, undisputed State land, just a few hundred meters away from its original location, without fear of another demolition or eviction.
Shmuel Wendy, the yeshiva dean, said: "The voice of the Torah is heard at the highest level in Homesh. A week ago we had the privilege of taking another step in the complete return of the people of Israel to Homesh and northern Samaria. We will continue to study with all our might and pray for the flourishing of the yeshiva in anticipation of the regulation of the entire settlement of Homesh soon."
When the construction of the new Beit Midrash was completed in late May, Yossi Dagan, the head of the Samaria Regional Council, affixed a mezuzah at the entrance to the yeshiva study hall.
"This is a historic moment - steps towards rectifying the terrible injustice of the expulsion in Samaria. Since the expulsion, we have been working day and night to rectify the injustice, which is not only personal against the expellees but against the entire people of Israel," said Dagan.
“Two months ago, the Knesset correctly removed the Mark of Cain of the expulsion from the number of laws in the State of Israel. This is another step towards complete rectification. We will reach the Ganim, Kadim and Sa-Nur," he said.