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  7/20/2012, Av 1, 5772

400 Pray at Elazar Hacohen's Tomb next to Shechem


About 400 people inaugurated the Jewish month of Menachem Av, Thursday evening, by praying at the grave of Elazar Hacohen the son of Aaron the priest, in the village of Awarta, next to the Jewish community of Itamar near Shechem. The worshippers were escorted by the Israel Defense Forces and there were no unusual incidents.

The first of Menachem Av is the anniversary of the death of Aaron, whose grave is in Jordan. The date is the only one specifically mentioned in the Torah (Numbers 33:38, which is read this week, although Aaron's death was detailed a few weeks ago).