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July 29, 2016 / 23 Tammuz, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Cave of the Patriarchs’

Muslims Stole the Silver Mezuza From Maarat HaMachpela

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

On Friday, during the Muslim prayer time at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, The Muslims stole the beautiful and ornate silver Mezuza that was attached to the entrance to the building, according to a TPS report.

In addition, they broke into the storeroom and stole saplings worth thousands of shekels.

As it was part of the Ramadan holiday, Israeli police were not stationed on site, and “protection” of the site was under control of the Waqf.

In 1929, following the massacre of the Jewish community of Hebron by their Arab neighbors, and similarly after 1948 in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Arabs ripped out the Mezuzas from the doorposts of the Jewish-owned homes, but in many cases, you can still see where the Mezuzas used to be located.

The Jewish community of Hebron is demanding that the exclusive Muslim days at the tomb be cancelled until the Mezuza is returned.

The Mezuza:

The silver Mezuza at the entrance to Maarat HaMachpela

The silver Mezuza at the entrance to Maarat HaMachpela. Source:HotNews1



Jewish Press News Briefs

Tomb of the Patriarch Closed to Jews on the Following Dates

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Due to the Islamic month of Ramadan, access for Jews to the Tomb of the Patriarch in Hebron will be forbidden on the following dates:

Friday: June 10 Friday: June 17 Friday: June 24 Friday: July 1 Saturday: July 2 Wednesday: July 6

There may be changes to the Saturday and Wednesday lockouts.

Jewish prayers on those dates will be held at the plaza of the 7th Step. It is called the 7th step, as when the tomb was under Islamic control, Jews were not allowed into the tomb, and not allowed to step higher than the 7th step.

The Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron is the burial site of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rivka, Leah, Adam and Eve (and the head of Eisav).

It is sacred to Jews, and also to Muslims, who revere Abraham as a prophet and father of Ishmael.

For more information on scheduling changes, the Tomb of the Patriarchs administration can be reached at: 050-647-7776

Jewish Press News Briefs

Cave of the Patriarchs Closes to Jews for Muslim Holiday

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

The administration of the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron has announced it will close its doors to Jews on Wednesday (May 4, Nisan 26) due to the Islamic holiday of Lailat al Miraj.

Both Jews and Muslims pray at the site, where it is believed the Biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca and Leah are buried, as well as Adam and Eve.

The holiday of Lailat al Miraj commemorates the Islamic prophet Muhammad’s nighttime journey from Mecca to the ‘farthest mosque’ in Jerusalem, from where Muslims believe he ascended to heaven, was purified, and was given the instruction for Muslims to pray five times a day.

“Prayers and visitation will take place on the Seventh Step,” the administration said in its statement.

The Temple Mount will also be closed to Jews on Wednesday for the same reason.

On Thursday the Cave of the Patriarchs will reopen to Jews beginning at 4 am as usual.

Hana Levi Julian

Tens of Thousands Stream into Hebron for Passover Festival

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Tens of thousands of Jewish civilians, lawmakers and senior rabbis have been streaming into the ancient holy city of Hebron on this third day of Passover for the annual holiday festival celebrating the city’s ancient Jewish heritage.

The Jewish community of Hebron is hosting a celebration at the Cave of the Patriarchs to mark the upcoming half-century year since the restoration of the city to Jewish hands by Israeli forces during the 1967 Six Day War.

Attending Monday’s festivities will be Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi David Lau, Bayit Yehudi Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Deputy Defense Minister Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan. Also attending will be Likud Deputy Minister of Regional Cooperation Ayoub Kara, a spokesperson said.

Music, refreshments and more have been the order of the day, as the Passover Chol HaMoed festivities erased the frequent tensions felt among Jewish residents in the divided city.

In the wee hours of Monday, Israeli security personnel arrested at least four Hamas terror suspects around Hebron, prior to the day’s events.

Millions of visitors come each year to pray at the Cave of the Patriarchs, burial site of the Biblical forefathers and matriarchs Avraham, Yitzhak, Ya’akov, Sarah, Rivka and Leah (Rachel’s Tomb is located at the entrance to Bethlehem). It is said that even Adam and Eve are interred there.

Muslims also revere the site, since their ancestor, Ishmael, is a son of Avraham.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Demolishes Hebron Home of Genady’s Killer

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Israeli security forces and engineers destroyed the Hebron home of the Arab terrorist who murdered a Kiryat Arba resident on December 7, 2015.

Genady Kaufman, z’l, 40, was repeatedly stabbed in the chest by Abed al Rahman Masoudah, 20, as he carried out his vicious terror attack outside the Cave of the Patriarchs in Judea.

Kaufman was critically wounded barely a ten minute walk from his home in nearby Kiryat Arba. He died of his wounds three weeks later, after fighting for life in Jerusalem at Shaare Zedek Medical Center’s intensive care unit.

He was the 25th Israeli victim to fall under the current wave of terror.

The terrorist was immediately shot dead on site by security forces.

The question now is whether Iran will pay this terrorist’s family $30,000 for the destruction of its home, as recently promised. If so, how and when will that international sponsor of terror against Israel manage to channel the funds to the family?

Hana Levi Julian

Hebron Struggles: 5 Years, 2 New Buildings, 1 Endangered Family

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

An Arab businessman is being forced to decide between certain torture and death, or the lives of his son and brothers, as 17 Jewish families prepared Sunday to move into new homes in Hebron.

The two renovated apartment buildings were purchased from the businessman, once a resident of Hebron, near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Judea’s ancient city where the Biblical patriarch Avraham himself “paid silver” to buy the cave as a burial site for his wife and family, for eternity.

They even have keys, which they received after purchasing the homes, signing the proper documents and receiving original contracts.

But  as the government slowly digs its way through the tangled red tape of Israeli bureaucracy, the world waits to see whether Jews will really be allowed to move into the buildings in Hebron.

International voices are clamoring to prevent this from happening, calling it more “provocation” and “settlement expansion” that upsets Arab residents of the city that has become a nesting place for agitators and a safe haven for terrorist organizations who set up regional headquarters there.

Meanwhile, “Enlarge the Place of Thy Tent,” a local Jewish NGO, continues its work to seek out as many properties for sale as possible and set about purchasing them legally. The group maintains the sale documents to these House of Rachel and House of Leah are 100 percent “clean.”

The former property owner and seller certainly hopes so. He has given up his future in the city and that of his family for the deal. He, his wife and several children are staying in central Israel in a safe house, since he faces the death penalty in the Palestinian Authority for having sold property to Jews.

His 17-year-old son, who refused to leave Hebron with the rest of the family when he was warned to do so, and several brothers are being held by PA security as hostages to pressure him into returning to face death. “They will never see the light of day again,” he’s been told, if he does not return to take their place, Ynet reported Sunday.

It’s Hobson’s choice: this man is a wealthy business owner and for five years he has made careful plans to leave this place with all of his family, to start a new life abroad. Because of his stubborn teenage son, he now faces the choice of accepting torture and a death sentence, or sending his son and guiltless brothers to life in a Palestinian Authority prison.

This all began five years ago, after a Gentile representative of the NGO approached the property owner to see if he might be willing to sell two buildings to Jews. At that time, both were for sale but were dilapidated and had stood empty for years near the Cave of the Patriarchs. The owner was willing to talk about it, and the conversation began.

It’s not the first time such a deal has been considered by an Arab resident – there are more ready to sell than one might imagine – but the process is not simple. Documents might not be valid, the seller might not actually be the legitimate owner; any number of factors can torpedo a transaction.

Rabbi Shlomo Levinger, son of the late Hebron Jewish community leader Rabbi Moshe Levinger, z’l, is a member of the NGO, which works to purchase property in Hebron, an ancient Biblical city. Levinger lives in the Hebron Jewish neighborhood of Tel Rumeida. The conversations between Jews and Arabs in Hebron

In addition to gently checking with property owners about their willingness to sell, the NGO nowadays is also approached by Arab residents who have reached the point where they too are willing. It is no secret that the Jews will pay more for a home in Hebron than might a fellow Arab. Many want to leave, fearing what the future might bring.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu: ‘We Will Hold On To The Cave of the Patriarchs For Eternity’

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday to abandon its foolish dreams of extracting the Jewish presence from Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs.

Speaking in opening remarks at a meeting of the government cabinet, Netanyahu sent his condolences to the family of an Israeli who succumbed in the morning from wounds suffered Dec 7 in a terror attack in Hebron.

“I ask that you convey my condolences to the family of Genady Kaufman,” Netanyahu began at the start of the meeting. “Genady was the gardener of the Cave of the Patriarchs,” Netanyahu explained. “He was stabbed in a murderous attack a few weeks ago. To our sorrow, he did not win the battle to recover [from his wounds.]”

The Cave of the Patriarchs, a sacred place in Judaism, is located in the ancient Biblical city of Hebron. It is written in the Torah that it was purchased by the patriarch Avraham upon the death of his wife, the Biblical matriarch Sarah, to be used as a burial site. Eventually the Cave became the Tomb for nearly all of the Biblical patriarchs and matriarchs: it is believed to be the burial place of Avraham, Sarah, Yitzchak, Rivkah, Yaakov, Leah and it is also believed to be the ancient grave site of Adam and Eve. Muslims revere the site since Avraham is considered to be a prophet in Islam, as the father of Ishmael.

The site – and the city surrounding it – has become a flashpoint for Arab violence. Hebron was divided into Arab and Jewish areas under the Oslo Accords, with the Arab areas kept under the control of the Palestinian Authority. But the city which was occupied by Jordan from 1948 to 1967, may once again become a battleground as Arab terrorists escalate their attacks against Jews in and around the city – and particularly at the site of the Cave of the Patriarchs, where Muslims continue to insist Jews should not be allowed to pray at all. Moreover, Hebron has in recent years become a stronghold for various terror organizations which have planted planted regional offices in the city.

“Even this morning, I say to each person who tries to uproot us from the Cave of the Patriarchs: We have been there – with the exception of a few years in the previous century – for four millenia.

“We will be there forever. You cannot defeat us.”

Hana Levi Julian

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