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December 1, 2019
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
Where were the stones from and what happened to them?
וַיִּפְגַּ֨ע בַּמָּק֜וֹם וַיָּ֤לֶן שָׁם֙ כִּי־בָ֣א הַשֶּׁ֔מֶשׁ וַיִּקַּח֙ מֵאַבְנֵ֣י הַמָּק֔וֹם וַיָּ֖שֶׂם מְרַֽאֲשֹׁתָ֑יו וַיִּשְׁכַּ֖ב בַּמָּק֥וֹם הַהֽוּא׃
He came upon a certain place and stopped there for the night, for the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of that place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place.
The 12 stones that Yaakov took were from the Altar upon which Yitzchak was bound.
The stones started quarrelling, each one wanting Yaakov to rest his head on it. So Hashem made a miracle and combined them all into one.
This stone became known as the foundation stone, the Even Hashetiyah, upon which the Temple was later built. The stone protruded in the Holy of Holies, and upon it, the Aaron was placed.
This is the first time that Yaakov (who hadn’t slept in a bed for 14 years) lied down to get a proper sleep.
(Pirkei deRabbi Eliezer, Chulin 91b, Rashi, Zohar Chadash, Zohar on Noach, Meam Loez, Berachot 3b)
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Dedicated Today Leiluy Nishmat Shmuel ben Gershon
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