Jerusalem – Thousands Of Jewish Worshipers Set To Flock To Rachel’s Tomb

Jerusalem – Thousands of Jewish worshipers are expected to flock to Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem over the weekend to mark the anniversary of the Biblical matriarch.

The event is expected to draw less people than in past year because of the wave of terror currently sweeping through the country.

Rabbi Yosef Shvinger, director-general of the country’s holy sites, urged people to come in spite of the security situation. Hundreds of security forces were protecting the area.

“This is the time to come and pray and cry about our troubles,” Shvinger said.

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  1. Joe Levin
    Joe Levin says:

    Early vatikin prayers held at dawn on Friday morning saw thousands of Jews visit Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, Judea, where the Jewish matriarch is buried.

    The special visit comes a day ahead of the day of Rachel’s passing, Marcheshvan 11 in the Jewish calendar, which falls this Saturday.

    Giving a special poignancy to the prayers is the fact that UNESCO just this Wednesday passed a Palestinian Authority (PA) resolution, listing Rachel’s Tomb and the Cave of Machpelah in Hevron – where the rest of the Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs are buried – as “Muslim sites.”

    The motion also condemned Israel for excavations near the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism and the site of the First and Second Temples.

    Driving the PA’s attempt to claim Rachel’s Tomb is the recent Muslim revision according to which the tomb is the grave of Bilal ibn Rabah, a companion of Mohammed, who was never in the Land of Israel.

    An initial draft of the resolution had also called for the Kotel (Western Wall) to be listed as an Islamic site – or more specifically as an “extension of the Al Aqsa Mosque” – but that detail was hastily withdrawn after widespread condemnation, including from UNESCO’s own Director-General.

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