Why travel 6,000 miles to Hevron?

Thousands defied Arab terror to visit the Cave of the Patriarchs for Shabbat Chayei Sara; one American pilgrim explains why he's not afraid.

Eliran Aharon ,

David Lubin
David Lubin
Eliran Aharon

Among the thousands of Jewish pilgrims to Hevron this past Shabbat were a large number of Jews from the Diaspora, who traveled all the way to visit the Cave of the Patriarchs in honor of Shabbat Chayei Sara, when Jews throughout the world read the Torah portion recounting Abraham's purchase of the Cave to bury his wife Sarah.

One of them was David Lubin, who traveled 6,000 miles from New York. He told Arutz Sheva that despite the escalation in Arab terrorist attacks - much of which has centered inside or around Hevron over the past several weeks - he was determined to make the trip.

He was speaking less than a day after two shooting attacks - one targeting worshipers at the Cave of the Patriarchs - in which three people were wounded by Arab terrorists.

But rather than deterring him, such attacks only made him more determined to go and show his solidarity.

"All the more reason... now is the time to come to give chizuk [encouragement] to the people who live here and every day have to deal with this.

"Even with all that's going on... now especially is the time to come."



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