Over 35,000 Jews came to Hebron to celebrate Abraham’s purchase of Hebron but the joyous atmosphere that was marred by several incidents of hooliganism.
This Shabbat, tens of thousands of people are expected to converge on Hebron and its adjacent sister city, Kiryat Arba to celebrate the purchase of the Machpelah Cave of the Patriarchs described in the Bible. This week Jews around the world are reading the Torah portion of Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1–25:18) describing the purchase of […]
A short story based on the weekly Torah portion tells of Avraham, an old Yemenite Jew, who comes to pray at the Cave of the Patriarchs. He meets a group of Emirati businessmen who have come to the holy site for the very same reason. A product of political progress, the men discover that the Abraham Accords are bringing a prophetic reality that emanates from the ancient cave.
A record crowd at the annual gathering signals a period of rebirth for the City of the Patriarchs.
Rosh Hashanah begins Sunday evening and ends Tuesday evening. The second day of the Jewish holiday coincides with the Arabic Hijri New Year. Though not considered a major Muslim holiday, the Israel Police has decided that Hijri takes precedence over the Jewish holiday and have closed the Temple Mount to Jews.
When Jews were excluded from the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron on a day of Muslim prayer, Mezuza scrolls were stolen and desecrated.
A group of 15 Jewish families in Hebron took up residence in two buildings situated near the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs (Ma’arat HaMachpela) on Monday night, which they have named Beit Rachel (the House of Rachel) and Beit Leah (the House of Leah).
This Shabbat, the 1,000 Jewish residents of Hebron will host 25,000 of their brethren who are coming to hear the reading of the portion of the Torah dealing with Abraham’s purchase of the Machpelah Cave as a burial place for Sarah.
The Jewish settlers have occupied the building before in the past, but have been evicted twice, in 2009 and 2015.
The PA claims the site is in danger of destruction by the “occupying force,” citing a number of Israeli moves including the erection of a concrete casting at the site as proof.