News Brief 8/21/2013, Elul 15, 5773
2,500 Jews Gather to Pray at Joseph's Tomb Overnight
Overnight, 2,500 Israelis attended services at the ancient tomb of Joseph in the outskirts of Shechem. The service was coordinated by the IDF Civil Administration and border police.
At the last minute, the army attempted to bar entrance to the site to the worshippers. However, Gershon Mesika, Mayor of the Shomron Regional Council, insisted that the site's entrance be available consecutively from now until the High Holidays (the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur) due to the high expectancy of worshipers visiting Joseph’s tomb.