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Touring the Streets of Jerusalem - Together

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Mother Rachel

If you happened to look at the Hebrew Calendar today you would have noticed that it is the 11th of Cheshvan, the anniversery of the Jewish Matriarch Rachel's death.

As this is a blog about Jerusalem, we aren't going to show you Rachel's Tomb as it lies just outside Jerusalem's municipal's borders in Bethlehem.

But, we will show you the road that leads to the tomb, Derech Hevron.

It has always been a mystery to me as to why the road that leads to Bethlehem is called Derech Hevron, while the parallel road is called Derech Beit Lechem (which if that road didn't end in a junction it would go straight onto Hevron).

The buses were lined up all the way down the road for those that wanted to visit.

And the buses were packed.

Rumor has it that 60,000 people visited Rachel's Tomb today.

Here is a visitor tent that was set up on the road.


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