Courtesy of JNS Tens of thousands of Jews converged on Hebron for Parshat Chayei Sarah, the weekly Torah portion describing the death of the Jewish matriarch, Sarah, and her husband Abraham's purchase of a burial plot for her in Hebron, Nov. 22, 2019.

Courtesy of JNS

Tens of thousands of Jews converged on Hebron for Parshat Chayei Sarah, the weekly Torah portion describing the death of the Jewish matriarch, Sarah, and her husband Abraham's purchase of a burial plot for her in Hebron, Nov. 22, 2019.

 

(JNS) Jews from around the world made a pilgrimage to the city of Hebron in Judea and Samaria over the weekend to pay homage to the Jewish biblical matriarch Sarah, whose death led to the purchase by her husband Abraham of a burial plot in Hebron, a transaction recounted in last week’s Torah portion of Chayei Sarah.

An estimated 40,000-50,000 Jews converged on Hebron and its adjacent sister city of Kiryat Arba over the weekend, with festivities centering around the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, the edifice built 2,000 years ago by King Herod atop the burial cave, which according to the Bible is the final resting place not only of Sarah, but also of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, as well as Rebecca and Leah.

Just before the beginning of Shabbat, Hebron Jewish Community spokesman Yishai Fleisher tweeted a picture of Jews holding a large banner which thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for his support for Jewish life in communities in Judea and Samaria, such as Hebron.

Multiple high-ranking Israeli officials and dignitaries arrived to take part in the event.

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