Har Brakha

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Har Brakha
הַר בְּרָכָה
Har Brakha is located in the West Bank
Har Brakha
Har Brakha
Coordinates: 32°11′34.07″N 35°15′55.08″E / 32.1927972°N 35.2653000°E / 32.1927972; 35.2653000Coordinates: 32°11′34.07″N 35°15′55.08″E / 32.1927972°N 35.2653000°E / 32.1927972; 35.2653000
District Judea and Samaria Area
Region West Bank
Affiliation Jewish
Founded 1983
Founded by Nahal
Population (2011) 1,769
Name meaning Mount of Blessing

Har Brakha (Hebrew: הַר בְּרָכָה, lit. Mount [of] Blessing) is a communal village and an Israeli settlement located on the southern ridge of Mount Gerizim at an elevation of 870 metres above sea level, in the West Bank's Samarian mountains near Nablus. Har Brakha is named after one of the two mountains that are mentioned in Deuteronomy on which half of the twelve tribes of Israel ascended in order to pronounce blessings[1] and shares the Mount Gerizim ridge with Kiryat Luza, the main Samaritan village.

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[2]

Har Brakha was first established as a pioneer Nahal military outpost, and demilitarized when turned over to residential purposes on Yom Ha'atzmaut in 1983. Currently, over 300 families live in this Orthodox Jewish community which is within the municipal jurisdiction of the Shomron Regional Council. The rapid expansion of the village is universally attributed to the Yeshivat Har Brakha that was built in 1991 as well as its rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, who is also the chief rabbi of Har Brakha. While the vast majority of students (about 150 annually) are not originally from settlements, many graduates of the yeshiva return to live on the settlement.[citation needed]

Until the yeshiva was built, Har Brakha was almost in danger of abandonment. Because of its location, isolated from Israeli population centers and lacking modern amenities in the 1980s, most families that came to live left soon after, even with incentives such as low-interest mortgages and grants. Even now that these housing subsidies are not available, demand for residence outstrips the supply of homes, the building of which is limited by the Civil Administration of the Israeli Defense Forces which sometimes completely forbids any new building, effectively stopping any expansion.[citation needed] Evangelical Christians from the United States have joined the community, with the support of Rabbi Melamed, and their presence has aroused some controversy among residents.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deuteronomy 27:11-13
  2. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Tzofia Hirschfeld, 'Har Bracha Residents: Christians Out!,' at Ynet 2 December 2011.

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