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Who was king of Eretz Yisrael at a time when every single Jew knew even the most difficult of Torah laws? Don’t know? Hint: He was the ruler when the enemy armies surrounding Yerushalayim were defeated without the Yidden firing even one arrow or picking up a single sword. STILL DON’T KNOW? Then let Zeidy Zakon tell you all about …Chizkiyahu HaMelech!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

crownWhen Chizkiyahu was king, the Jews lived in Eretz Yisrael and the Beis HaMikdash built by Shlomo HaMelech still stood. Every day, the people in Yerushalayim saw the smoke rising from the Mizbeiyach. Visitors to the Beis HaMikdash would watch the Kohanim dressed in white going about their holy service and listen to the sweet song of the Leviim. The Jews were prosperous, devoted to Hashem, and happy.

The most fascinating story in the life of King Chizkiyahu was when Eretz Yisrael was invaded by Sancheriv, King of the Assyrian empire. This is what happened:

“We are happy to report that we have been victorious over these Jews. We have conquered their cities, villages, and towns and are now nearJerusalem, their capital city.”

“Well done,” said Sancheriv to his generals. “I would like to see this famous city that I have heard would be so difficult to conquer.”

Because it was difficult to see Yerushalayim from where they were camped, the soldiers piled mattresses one on top of the other, making a high tower.

Sancheriv climbed to the top.

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