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Parshat Chayei Sarah, Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, Nov 2017

The Jewish community of Hebron hosted a record-breaking crowd of some 35,000 people in Kiryat Arba and Hebron this past Shabbat (Sabbath), for the Torah portion of the week relating to the passing of the Biblical matriarch Sarah, Parshat Chayei Sarah.

Parshat Chayei Sarah, Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, Nov 2017

The Cave of the Patriarchs in the ancient city of Hebron was open to Jews. The families of the community opened their homes to the tens of thousands of guests, with the gracious cooperation of the IDF and Israel Police.

Parshat Chayei Sarah in Hebron, Cave of the Patriarchs

The Jewish Community of Hebron, which recently received the status of a local municipal authority, has just launched ‘Operation Machpela’ to promote a new construction project approved in recent weeks and set to receive new funding.

Hospitality tents for Shabbat Chayei Sarah in Hebron 2017

Thousands of tents and hundreds of caravans were placed in the streets and city parks around the Tomb in which the Biblical patriarchs and matriarchs are interred. Chabad of Hebron hosted some 4,000 guests in its huge hospitality tents.

Israeli government ministers who joined the event included Minister Ze’ev Elkin, Minister Uri Ariel, Minister Gila Gamliel, and Deputy Minister Eli Ben-Dahan. The chief rabbis of Jerusalem, Tzefat and Be’er Sheva also attended, along with other community rabbis from around the country and abroad.

Guests heard lectures, nigunim and performances from vocalists and cantors including Dov Heller, Dudu Fisher, Hezki Sofer and numerous others.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.