Tel Rumeida’s real name, according to the Jews who returned to live there, is Tel Hebron. It is the site of the ancient home of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs, as well as King David. Archeologists have suggested there is positive evidence that Jews have lived in this area since the days of Abraham and Sarah.
The land was purchased from Arabs in Hebron in 1811 by Rabbi Haim Bajaio. Earliwer, in in 1807, Rabbi Bajaio also bought land adjacent to the Jewish Quarter, known today as the Avraham Avinu neighborhood. But the property was first used as residential quarters in the summer of 1984, when Israel’s Defense Minister, on behalf of the Israeli government, agreed to a Jewish presence at the site.
During excavations conducted under Jordanian occupation in the early 1960s, many ancient artifacts were uncovered, including giant walls dating back to the days of Joshua.
Did you notice how we skillfully avoided politics for one day of a blessed snow?
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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