Thousands at Joseph’s Tomb in Kabbalistic Celebration (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Maayana Miskin 05/18/12)
INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS
INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS Articles-Index-Top
More than 3,000 worshipers were allowed to visit Joseph’s Tomb (Kever
Yosef) in Samaria on Thursday night to mark the 41st day of the
counting of the Omer. According to Jewish mystical tradition as
recorded in the kabbalah, the forty-first day is characterized by a
double dose of “yesod,” meaning “foundation” or “bonding.”
Jewish tradition states that the “yesod” energy was personified in
the biblical Joseph.
Among the visitors were several Members of Knesset, a Chassidic
rebbe, rabbis from around the country, and IDF soldiers. War hero
Aharon Karov was there, as was Shmuel Rein.
Karov fought in the Cast Lead counterterror operation in Gaza, which
began the day after his wedding, was critically wounded and
experienced a miraculous recovery. Rein lost his son Benaya in the
Second Lebanon War.
The visitor who inspired the most emotion, however, was a young boy.
The three-year-old son of Ben Yosef Livnat, who was murdered by
Palestinian Authority armed forces after visiting Joseph’s Tomb, was
at the tomb Thursday night for his first haircut. Many Jews have the
custom of not cutting a boy’s hair before the age of three; at three,
the hair is cut in a festive ceremony called a halake.
The IDF provided security during the late-night prayers. New Samaria
region commander Colonel Yoav Yarom, who was sworn in just hours
earlier, was at the scene and was welcomed by residents of the region.
Palestinian Authority terrorists threw two firebombs over the course
of the night, but neither attack resulted in injury.
“I hope that this moving and uplifting visit by thousands will be
another stage in restoring full Israeli sovereignty over Joseph’s
Tomb,” said Samaria regional council head Gershon Mesika. “I call to
all government ministers to join in and come here to Shechem, to
Joseph’s Tomb, and to push for a full return to the Tomb, to this so
holy place, one of the three places about which it is said that the
other nations of the world cannot claim that we stole it.”
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/18/12)
Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY