Several thousand people ascended to the Tomb of Joshua on Tuesday night, the anniversary of his passing. Visitors told Arutz Sheva’s Yoni Kempinski what the trip meant to them.
Joshua’s life is particularly relevant today, as Jews return to the land of Israel, explained Avi Zimmerman, director of American Friends of Ariel.
Renowned leader and scholar Rabbi Ovadia Yosef expressed his longing to visit the tomb this week when doctors told him he could not take part in Tuesday's event. "Do we have any tomb like that of Yehoshua [Joshua] son of Nun?... He was among the greatest of the first prophets, he spoke to G-d directly,” Rabbi Yosef said.
Soldiers protected the many worshipers at the site, which is located in the Palestinian Authority-controlled town Kifl Hares, near the Israeli city of Ariel. The tomb has been repeatedly vandalized by locals, but PA forces recently claimed they will protect it in the future.