“And the seventh lot came out for the children of Dan, according to their families. And the coast of their inheritance was Zorah, and Eshtaol, and Ir-Shemesh, and Shaalabin, and Ajalon and Jethlah…,” (Joshua 19:40-42).
Ein Ayalon has taken on a new lease of life recently. The square pool, which has a shade over it, is full of water, and the mound, which is identified with the Biblical Ayalon, rears up to the north of it. Ayalon in Biblical times was a major city in the portion of land allotted to the tribe of Dan, and it has bestowed its name upon the large valley at its foot. Situated at the crossroads on the way up from the Coastal Plain to Jerusalem, the city enjoyed wealth, prestige, fertile surroundings and an abundance of water.