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Benebarak ("Sons of Barak") is claimed by the Book of Joshua to be one of the cities allocated to the Tribe of Dan[1]. In later times, Beneberak became famous as the seat of the court of Akiba ben Joseph[2], and in the Passover Haggadah is identified as the site of the all-night Seder of Akiba ben Joseph and his distinguished colleagues[3].

The city had an agricultural dimension as well, as appears from the Talmudic account of the sage Rami bar Yechezkel, who declared that he understood the meaning of the Torah's description of the Land of Israel as a "land flowing with milk and honey", after witnessing a scene during a visit to Beneberak[4]. In this account, he observed goats grazing beneath fig trees[4]; the honey oozing from the very ripe figs merged with the milk dripping from the goats and formed a stream of milk and honey[4].

The Palestinian village of Ibn Ibraq ("Son of Ibraq/Barak") preserved the name of the ancient site. Its Arab villagers renamed it al-Khayriyya, to distinguish it from the Jewish agricultural settlement of Bnei Barak established 4 kilometers (2 mi) to the south in 1924.[5] Al-Khayriyya was depopulated during a military assault as part of Operation Hametz during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. A very large waste transfer station, known as Hiriya, was built at the ancient/modern site.

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Coordinates: 32°2′12.03″N 34°49′39.61″E / 32.036675°N 34.8276694°E / 32.036675; 34.8276694


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