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      Photos: Sanz Rebbe in Hevron

      The Sanz-Klausenburg Rebbe visits Hevron prior to his son's wedding. Hundreds accompany the rebbe for his emotional visit.
      By IsraelNN staff
      First Publish: 10/14/2009, 10:12 PM / Last Update: 10/14/2009, 11:19 PM

      David Wilder

      The Sanz-Klausenburg Rebbe visited the city of Hevron on Wednesday and prayed at the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Me'arat Hamachpelah). The Rebbe – and several hundred of his followers – visited the Tomb in advance of the Rebbe's son's wedding in another two weeks.

      The visitors arrived on dozens of buses. The Rebbe was visibly moved by the opportunity to pray in the Tomb of the Patriarchs, one of Judaism's holiest sites and the burial place of most of the biblical patriarchs and matriarchs.

      Following the afternoon (mincha) prayers and the recitation of Psalms, the Rebbe and his followers held a festive tisch (chassidic gathering) outside the Tomb. The Rebbe spoke on several topics, including the holiness of the city of Hevron and the importance of gratitude.

      The Rebbe expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to enter the Tomb of the Patriarchs – an opportunity that Jews were denied for centuries when the building was under exclusive Muslim control.

      Photos courtesy of David Wilder.