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Peduel is a religious community located in the southwestern part of Samaria, known for its spectacular views of the whole State of Israel. The community was established in the summer of 1984 by 9 families, who were either alumni or associated with the yeshiva (advanced Bible seminary for Jewish men) Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shvut. The name Peduel comes from the Biblical phrase in Isaiah, “And the ransomed [peduyeii] of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion (Isaiah 35,10 and 51,11).”
The community is comprised almost entirely of young families between the ages of 20-50. The community places a focus and priority on Torah education and has a variety of schools and educational facilities. Among the various educational programs that residents can conveniently attend, Peduel also houses Yeshivat Eretz Tzvi, which is both a pre-military preparatory yeshiva and a yeshivah for post-army students.
To Israeli residents, in particular, Peduel is associated with the spectacular views of the whole country. A section of the outskirts of the community has been dubbed “HaMarpesset Shel Medina” or “The Balcony of the State”. From the balcony, there are binoculars that visitors can use to see the coastal plain of Israel to the west, the cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod to the south and Carmel to the north. The name “HaMarpesset Shel Medina” was given to the site by former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who used to bring senior figures from Israel and the world to the lookout site.
The community of Peduel falls under the jurisdiction of Shomron Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 1,682. The community is located in the portion of Israel that was designated for the tribe of Efraim (Ephraim).