The Secrets of the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron

Yishai Fleisher, international spokesman for the Jewish community of Hebron, takes us on a tour of one of the oldest cities in the world and one of the most significant in Jewish history.

The most famous building in Hebron is, of course, the Cave of the Patriarchs, built by King Herod 2,000 years ago.

The ancient cave underneath this impressive Second Temple-era building was purchased by Abraham as a burial ground for his wife and eventually became a burial place for his family, including his son Isaac, his grandson Jacob and their wives, the Matriarchs.

Hebron is also home to one of the oldest existing staircases in the world, from the early Bronze age. The staircase led to the gate of a Hittite city, which existed 700 years before Abraham arrived in Hebron.

Hebron is an incredible city with mind-blowing history. Be sure to visit and be prepared to be awed.

 

Published: November 28, 2016
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