Over 25,000 Jews visited the Patriarchs' city of Hevron over Pesach (Passover).
The visitors toured various historical sites in the city, enjoyed the "Lagaat Banetzach" (literally, "to touch eternity") exhibit, and were even able to visit rarely-open sites, such as the grave of the first Biblica Judge, Otniel ben Knaz and the ancient "Kasbah" neighborhood.
Hevron Jewish Community Spokesman Noam Arnon said that despite having to cancel the main event due to forecasts of rain, people flocked to the city in droves.
"Thank G-d, this year we merited to see complete families, from all sectors of Israeli society: secular, traditional, and religious," Arnon said. "This is part of our goal: to emphasize Hevron's tourist sites and attractions, which are appropriate for the entire family."
Touring Hevron's alleyways/ Credit: Mearat Hamachpela Authority
On Thursday morning, Israelis from all over the country came to Hevron for the morning prayers.
Hevron Jewish Community Leader Uri Karzen said, "There is a constant increase in the number of visitors who come to Mearat Hamachpela (the Cave of the Patriarchs) and the Jewish community in Hevron.
"We are looking forward to the event which will mark 25 years since the liberation of the Cave of the Patriarchs. Various ministers, Knesset members, and public figures will participate in the event, and we will host a musical performance and famous artists. We will also hold a special ceremony honoring the area's first Jewish settlers."
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