Tomb of Rambam to be Declared Heritage Site (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/03/12)
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has instructed his office to add
the tomb of the Rambam (Maimonides) in the city of Tiberias to the
list of Israeli heritage sites.
The Rambam was one of the greatest halakhic authorities, philosopher,
scientist, physician, and researcher.
Netanyahu’s decision came following a visit to the city of Tiberias
last week, during which he was given a tour of the tomb of Maimonides.
Netanyahu was especially impressed by what he saw at the path leading
to the tomb. Seven planks have been placed on either side of the
path, and each plank has the name of one of the 14 books written by
Naming the tomb of Rambam a heritage site will be done as part of a
development program in the city of Tiberias, marking its 2000th
anniversary. Netanyahu has also instructed Education Minister Gideon
Sa’ar to examine the possibility of including visits to the tomb of
Maimonides as part of the curriculum studied in schools.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said during the visit, “Maimonides was a
philosopher, theologian, physician, astronomer, and a spiritual
leader. His universal spirit is great and you cannot ignore his
burial place. Maimonides is buried in Israel, in Tiberias, and we
need to take care of his burial place.”
Last week, the government approved a NIS 145 million plan for tourism
development of Tiberias.
The plan, which includes investment in the development of tourist
sites, will feature construction of a promenade along Lake Kinneret –
the Sea of Galilee.
Developers will also link Tiberias with the Christian tourist site at
Capernaum, as well as other heritage sites in and around the city.
Grants of up to 28 percent of the investment will be provided to
private entrepreneurs to encourage construction of new hotels,
The city, home to some 45,000 residents, is located on the western
bank of Lake Kinneret and features a shore that stretches a bit more
than seven and a half kilometers long.
Tiberias mayor Zohar Oved recently announced that the city plans to
build a new school of pharmacy in the city, which will be named after
the Rambam. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/03/12)
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