For the first time, pilgrims to Rachel’s Tomb will be allowed to walk the entire perimeter. This Tuesday, the 11th day of the (Jewish) month of Cheshvan marks the “hillula” (annual memorial of the death of a special individual) of Rachel The Matriarch. Tens of thousands are expected to visit the holy site. Vehicles will be forbidden entry.
In an interview with Arutz Sheva, the Director of the National Center for the Development of Holy Sites, Rabbi Yosef Shwinger said that vehicles had already started to arrive last night after the Sabbath, to avoid the overcrowding expected on the day itself.
Rabbi Shwinger said that most of the logistics had been completed, as they had learned from previous experience to coordinate ahead of time with the police, IDF, Egged, medical rescue organizations and charity institutions.