|Name meaning||Binyamin Memorial|
Yad Binyamin (Hebrew: יַד בִּנְיָמִין, lit. Binyamin Memorial) is a community settlement in central Israel. The seat of Nahal Sorek Regional Council, it is located adjacent to the junction of three major highways: Highway 3, Highway 6, and Highway 7. In 2017 it had a population of 4,049.
Yad Binyamin was founded on the land of the depopulated Palestinian village of Al-Mukhayzin. The land had been used as a Ma'abara Nativa which was abandoned as a religious settlement and educational center in 1962 by Poalei Agudat Yisrael, in partnership with the municipality of Nahal Sorek. It was named after the former Minister of Postal Services, Binyamin Mintz, who had died the previous year. For many years, the community was a center of higher Jewish learning, based around the yeshiva.
Following the disengagement plan, around 200 families from Gush Katif moved into temporary pre-fabricated housing in Yad Binyamin. Some later moved to a new village named Ganei Tal after the former settlement by the same name. Many other families have moved to Netzer Hazani.
Yad Binyamin is located 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the Re'em Junction on Highway 3, and one kilometer from the intersection of Highway 6 and Highway 7. Israel Railways plans to upgrade the tracks of nearby Tel Aviv–Beersheba line and build a station at Kfar Menahem to serve the area, which is scheduled to be completed by January 2018. A number of Egged bus routes provide transport links to Jerusalem, Ashkelon, and other cities.
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- For the derivation of "yad" (normally "hand") meaning a memorial, see http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/judaica/ejud_0002_0021_0_21157.html
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