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Nisan 26

January 4, 2010 | by

Yahrtzeit of the biblical Joshua, Yehoshua Bin Nun, in 1243 BCE. Joshua was born in Egypt, and he led Israel in the first decisive battle against Amalek (Exodus ch. 17). Joshua was Moses' prime disciple, and accompanied him partway up Mount Sinai. Joshua was also one of the 12 spies sent by Moses to explore the land of Canaan. Before Moses died, God had him appoint Joshua as his successor. When Joshua led the Jewish people into Israel, the Jordan River miraculously split. Joshua's first conquest was Jericho; after circling the city for seven days and blowing shofars, the city walls collapsed. These and other events are described in the Book of Joshua.

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