Sightseeing in the Parsha - Kfar Yehoshua
At the end of the book of Devarim and the end of a long time in the desert, Moshe, the undisputed leader of Israel, begins to transfer the leadership to the next generation. In our Parasha, Moshe commands Yehuoshua bin Nun: “Be strong and courageous because you shall bring the people to the land.” Moshe is telling Yehoshua that he will be the next leader, and that Yehoshua is the one who will bring the children of Israel to the Promised Land.
In 1900, there was another Jewish man wandering around the Land of Israel, who was named after Yehoshua bin Nun – this was Yehuoshua Hankin. Hankin was born in the Ukraine, moved to Israel at a young age, and began purchasing land all over the country. He rushed to establish a settlement on every piece of land which he purchased. This is how Rehovot, Hadera and various neighborhoods in Jerusalem were founded. One of the settlements which was founded on land he purchased is Kfar Yehoshua, a Moshav which was founded in 1927 in the Jezreel Valley. This settlement is named after Yehoshua Hankin. The settlement has an ideology which combines the cooperative style of the kibbutz with individual liberty. Today, there are about 900 residents in the settlement, with 90 separate farms. The settlement continues to preserve the legacy of the pioneers who built it at the beginning of the previous century. Just like Yehoshua bin Nun who conquered the land 3,000 years ago, Yehoshua Hankin helped conquer the land to establish the modern Jewish state and continued the legacy of his namesake Yehoshua bin Nun.