Daily Israel Report

Video: Simchat Torah Dancing at Cave of the Patriarchs Main Hall

For the first time in many years the Yitzchak Hall in Hebron was open for Jews on the night after Simchat Torah. Watch the 2nd Night Hakafot
By Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 10/10/2012, 3:44 AM

Jews rejoiced with the Torah in Isaac's Hall (Ulam Yizchak) in Hevron on Monday night for a second round of Hakafot, an Israeli tradition that combines identifying with the Diaspora's Simchat Torah night and the added festive atmosphere of live bands and sound systems at the dancing, forbidden on the holiday itself. 

The celebration was the first of its kind at the site in many years.

Ulam Yitzchak is the main hall of the Cave of the Patriarchs (Me'arat Hamachpela) and it has been closed to Jews since 1994, Dr. Baruch Goldstein opened fire on Muslim worshippers in the hall, killing 29,before he was killed by Arabs present in the hall.

Although an investigation proved that Goldstein acted alone, ever since the incident, the hall is opened for Jews only on specific dates in the Jewish calender. For the first time, the 2nd Night Hakafot was added to these designated days.