Hebron's Jewish Community
Jewish worshipers praying in the Issac hall of the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Ma'arat HaMachpela) during the Haye Sarah Shabbat. The majestic prayer hall, and other parts of the site are only accessible to Jews ten days during the year for special occations. Thousands of Jews, including a large number of settlers, come to Hebron for the highly symbolic event during which the story where Abraham purchases land and a cave in order to bury his wife Sarah, and subsequently himself and his decendents, is read from the Torah. The Tomb of the Patriarchs is said to stand on the site. Some six hundred Jews live in the heart of Hebron's old city surrounded by over 160,000 Palestinian inhabitants.
Hebron, Israeli Occupied Palestinian Territories
Photo © J.B. Russell