Secret night renovation at Joseph's Tomb

Shomron Regional Council renovates Joseph's Tomb in Shechem under cover of night. 'Privilege to preserve historic places of Jewish people.'

Mordechai Sones ,

Nighttime renovation
Nighttime renovation
Roi Hadi

Joseph's Tomb in Shechem may be one of the most important spiritual and historical treasures of the Jewish people, but it also sits in a place that makes it very difficult to guard and maintain.

Joseph's Tomb is located in the heart of Shechem, ostensibly under Palestinian Authority responsibility. However, the Samaria Regional Council, which maintains regular visits to the site to benefit all citizens of the State of Israel, repeatedly encounters the neglect and dilapidation that characterize PA custodianship of the holy place.

In light of this the Council, together with the Director of Joseph's Tomb and the Holy Sites in Samaria and with the help of the IDF, conducted a lightning renovation of the site in the darkness of night to fix the great entrance of the Tomb of Joseph and the entire compound.

Next Thursday night (26 Iyar), the day dedicated to "Joseph the Righteous" in the Omer countdown from Passover to Shavuot, is called Yesod sh'bYesod according to the teachings of Kabbalah. The Divine attributes of righteousness and purity embodied by Joseph resonate pervasively and all-encompassingly on that day, making it an especially auspicious time for spiritual efforts, prayers, and resolutions in that area.

Helping with last night's renovation, among others, were: Shomron Regional Council head Yossi Dagan, his deputy David Ben Zion, Samaria Brigade Commander Col. Gilad Amit, Judea and Samaria Regional Officer Elytzur Trabelsi, Regional Defense Officer of the Samaria Brigade Major Shlomi Cohen, members of the Joseph's Tomb Administration headed by Netanel Snir, Samaria residents, and workers. Among other things they smoothed the stones, laid out new linens, levelled the area, and laid stepping stones and gravel.

"It's a wonderful feeling to know you can work for the People of Israel, to repair and improve a place that for generations and generations we've dreamed of and longed for," said Shomron Regional Council head Yossi Dagan.

"Unfortunately, the Palestinian Authority has 'difficulty' to say the least in preserving the place. It's our duty as residents of the region to take charge of the place, to preserve it for the benefit of all citizens of Israel and the Jewish people, and I'm glad the IDF and Samaria Brigade, under the command of Gilad Amit, facilitated this important deed, which is rich in spirit and strengthens settlement."