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  6/1/2014, Sivan 3, 5774

Group: No Security Worries at Rabbi's Mt. of Olives Tomb


Sunday night marks the yahrzeit (anniversary of the passing) of medieval scholar Rabbi Ovadiah MiBartenura, and the Jerusalem Cemetery Foundation called on Jews to pay their respects to the rabbi by visiting his grave. Rabbi Ovadiah MiBartenura is buried on the Mount of Olives cemetery, just a few minutes' walk from the Western Wall, Foundation officials said.

Rabbi Ovadiah MiBartenura, born in Italy in 1445, is best known for his commentary on the Mishna, the main body of sacred literature in the Oral Torah. In 1488, he immigrated to Jerusalem, helping to expand the Jewish community there, which saw a significant revival and growth in population in the 1490s, after the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492.