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Har Bracha (the Mountain of Blessing) is located approximately 90 kilometers North of Shiloh, where the ancient Tabernacle was first placed in Israel. The location of Har Bracha is one of the oldest locations referenced in the bible. The name Har Bracha comes from the blessings that Moses commanded the Jewish people to read upon Mount Gerizim just prior to his passing (Deuteronomy 11:29). Today, our Mountain of Blessing is located on the Southern ridge of the Biblical Mount Gerizim.
Before Har Bracha was a residential community, the area served as an army outpost. In 1982, the government decided to turn the area into a civilian community. Unlike other communities, there was no previous establishment of a group of families ready to move to there, and therefore, a number of families from surrounding communities were called upon to help inhabit the new community. Approximately four years later, the majority of families had left the mountain, leaving just three families to maintain the community. After a few months, a group of families from the yeshiva (Jewish seminary) Machon Meir arrived to help get the community grow and flourish. Five years later, in 1992, the Hesder yeshiva (advanced Jewish seminary that prepares students for both Torah observance and army service) of Har Bracha was established. Since the establishment of the Hesder yeshiva, the community has grown consistently.
In addition to Har Bracha’s Biblical connection, Har Bracha is also known for the Har Bracha Winery. Har Bracha Winery produces some of the best wines in all of Israel. Wine from Har Bracha has been one of the products in a number of previous Lev Haolam Monthly Packages and the Winery was one of the handful of featured wineries from Judea and Samaria at the Jerusalem Wine Festival in previous years.
Har Bracha is located within the jurisdiction of the Shomron Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 2,339. The city is located in the portion of Israel that was designated for the tribe of Menashe (Manasseh).