Hannukah in Hebron 2019

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett was a surprise guest, joining soldiers, residents and tourists for a fun, joyous holiday season.

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Activities for the whole family at the 'Touching Eternity' Visitor Center, festive candle lighting ceremony every night at the Tomb of the Matriarchs and Patriarchs.
Come experience the ancestral city!
The 'Touching Eternity' Visitor Center at Beit Hadassah is open Sunday - Friday and features a 4D movie and museum of Hebron's history.

To pre-arrange a visit call - 072-221-3660.
Hebron Tour and family-friendly experiential game.
Now at 50% off the second ticket!
Visit the historic the alleys of the city of the founding fathers and mothers. Decipher challenging puzzles using technology aids as you visit various Hebron sites. Tablets, layered reality technology, dedicated touch screens and more.
A thought-provoking combination of heritage for an unforgettable tourist experience!
To book call 072-221-3660.
The Cave of the Patriarchs is open from 4:00AM to 8:45PM. Sufganiot donuts are free.
Menorah lighting times:
Sunday, December 22, 2019 - First Candle:
4:45pm - In the Brit Milah Hall - Mayor of Hebron Hillel Horowitz
6:30pm - In the Machpela courtyard - Rabbi Noam Waldman, Head of the Nir Kiryat Yeshiva, with the yeshiva students and the Mechina Meitarim Lachish pre-military preparatory academy students
Monday, December 23, 2019 - Second Candle:
4:45pm - In the Brit Milah Hall - Rabbi Zion Elmaleh
6:00 - In the Machpela courtyard - IDF Judea Brigade Commander Col. Itamar Ben Haim and Head of the Shavei Hebron Yeshiva Rabbi Hananal Etrog with the yeshiva students
Tuesday December 24, 2019 - Third Candle:
4:45pm -  In the Brit Milah Hall - Rabbi Yoni Cohen
6:00pm - In the Machpela courtyard - Border Patrol Commander Lieutenant Aviad Katafi with police officers and commander
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 - Fourth Candle:
4:45pm - In the Brit Milah Hall - Dr. Ya'akov Ben Triya
4:30pm - In the Machpela courtyard - Deputy Police Commander of the Hebron District Dudi Hayon, Lieutenant Colonel Alon Magen of the Samaria-Judea District, and officers
Thursday, December 26, 2019 - Fifth Candle:
4:45pm - In the Brit Milah Hall - Rabbi Mordechai Sayyid
Saturday night December 28, 2019 - Seventh Candle:
In the Machpela courtyard - Chabad of Hebron
7:00pm - Holiday stories, dancing with musician Mordechai Yitzhar and Chabadniks
7:45pm - Lighting candles with Rabbi Mordechai Halinger and prizes for children
8:30pm - Melava Malka and festival meal
Sunday December 29, 2019 - Eighth Candle:
4:45pm - In the Brit Milah Hall - Rabbi Shlomo Levinger
6:00pm - In the Machpela courtyard - Hebron Hill District Brigadier Lt. Col. Moshe Tetro, with officers and soldiers of the Civil Administration
The public is welcome. Happy Hanukah!
Hebron was the site of a decisive battle during the rebellion of the Hasmoneans against the invading Seleucid Empire. The story of Hanukkah in which the heroic Maccabees fought to reclaim the Temple from the imperialist Antiochus is well known.
Hebron's role in the Maccabean Revolt is mentioned in the apocryphal Book of the Maccabees and in the works of the great historian Josephus.
Many of the Hasmonean battles took place in the Mount Hebron region, known today as the Hebron Hills, or Har Hevron regional council. Communities such as Beit Tzur were sites of fierce battles won by the Judean rebels.

"Afterward went Judas forth with his brethren, and 20 fought against the children of Esau in the land toward the south, where he smote Hebron, and the towns thereof, and pulled down the fortress of it, and burned the towers thereof round about."
The Antiquities of the Jews by Josephus Flavius Book 12 Chapter 8 paragraph 6 states: 
"But Judas and his brethren did not leave off fighting with the Idumeans, but pressed upon them on all sides, and took from them the city of Hebron, and demolished all its fortifications, and set all its towers on fire, and burnt the country of the foreigners, and the city Marissa."

The Jewish War by Josephus Flavius Book IV Chapter 87, paragraph 7 states: 
"Simon, having thus, beyond expectation, penetrated into Idumaea without bloodshed, first of all, by a sudden attack, made himself master of the city of Hebron, where he possessed himself of a vast booty, exclusive of the large supplies of corn which he seized."
"If we are to credit the inhabitants, Hebron is not only a town of greater antiquity than any in that country, but even than Memphis in Egypt, its years being computed at two thousand three hundred. They relate that Abram, the progenitor of the Jews, here fixed his abode after his departure from Mesopotamia, and that from hence his posterity went down into Egypt. Their monuments are still shown in that town, of the most beautiful marble, and of exquisite workmanship. At the distance of six furlongs, is pointed out an immense turpentine-tree, which, if tradition is to be believed, has continued there from the creation until the present time."
* House of the Hasmoneans: The People of Israel in the Land of Israel in the Hasmonean Period by Uriel Rappaport 
To visit Hebron:
United States contact info:
1760 Ocean Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230

In Israel contact the offices of the Jewish Community of Hebron at:
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