Hebron Slichot services break attendance records

Pop singers, soldiers, rabbis join in song and prayer at the historic site.

8.10.19, 00:33
(PHOTO: Din Din Aviv and Ruhama Ben Yosef on stage in Hebron. Photo credit: Tzvi Epstein.)
A record-breaking 16,500 visitors came to Hebron for the Central Slichot services led by the two Chief Rabbis of Israel days before Yom Kippur.


The Hall of Isaac and Rebecca, the largest in the Tomb of the Patriarchs complex was open to the general public throughout the day. In the evening, Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef and Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau led a spirited slichot service with traditional prayers and songs for the Ten Days of Repentance.

The event ended a series of large-scale events for the High Holidays which began a week and a half ago with Rosh Hashanah.


The annual HaChi Krovot LeEma - Closest to Mother event featured top-selling Israeli singer Din Din Aviv, who initially gained fame for her work with the Idan Raichel Project and Gaia before becoming an award-winning solo artist. She was joined on stage by singer Ruhama Ben Yosef and popular motivational author and lecturer Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi.
Women from Israel and around the world joined in song and prayer for the special gathering.


Kobi Peretz, a top-selling mega star in the Israeli pop scene led a slichot service at the Tomb of the Patriarchs accompanied by young singer Ben Snof. Joining them in the crowded historic site were Israel Defense Force soldiers, rabbis, and visitors from around the country.


Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz made his annual pilgrimage to Hebron to recite slichot prayers at the ancient burial site of the Biblical Patriarchs.

He stated the visit had special significance since it came a day after his return from a speech at the United Nations in New York where he stressed the connection of the Jewish people to its indigenous homeland.

Katz stated that Hebron was "where Jewish history began almost 4,000 years ago, where the fathers and mothers of the nation are buried. I feel the connection to the roots and eternity of the Jewish People."

The annual gathering of the Karlin Hasidic movement attracted 2,500 to Hebron for prayers led by the Karliner Rebbe. Other hasidic leaders also held services at the holy site.


IDF Lieutenant General of Coordination and Liaison in Hebron, Moshe Tetro said of the event, "the Cave of the Patriarchs is a significant and important focus for all populations, so we invest our best efforts to allow freedom of worship and religion at the site." He added, "throughout the year, we work for the safety of the residents and improve the fabric of life in the area."
The Jewish community of Hebron is now gearing up for the annual Succot music festival which draws tens of thousands and features top-name acts from Israel and the Jewish music world. For more information follow us on Facebook and Instagram. 

Central Slichot Service with the Chief Rabbis. Photos: Uriah Heller, David Wilder, Elimelech Karzen | 56 Images
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