Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb’s new community is named for Emek Ha’Ela, the Ela Valley, which is situated just on the outskirts of Beit Shemesh, Israel.
Emek Ha’Ela is where the battle of David and Goliath took place (Book of Samuel 17).
The story is that Saul and his army were camped in Emek Ha’Ela when Goliath the giant challenged them daily to one-on-one combat to settle the battle with the Philistines. David took up the challenge. Without any armor, but rather with a slingshot and the help of God, he triumphed over the giant.