Hebron Succot festival returns!

Popular musicians were eager to return to Hebron for the annual music concert.

19.9.21, 22:12
After last year’s lockdown due to COVID-19, the annual Hebron Succot festival returned. Thousands of people attended the music concert and prayer services and visited archeological sites.

The Hall of Isaac and Rebecca, the largest section of the Tomb of the Patriarchs & Matriarchs, was open for two days. This area includes the opening into the underground caves where the Biblical forefathers and mothers Abraham Isaac and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca and Leah are buried.

The concert took place on Thursday and featured Yonatan Razel, who performed his hits Vehi Sheamah, Katonti and more. Israeli singing sensation Haim Israel performed as usual, and got the crowd dancing. Children’s choir the Kinderlach sang, as well and new up-and-coming musicians Kobi Brummer, Yonatan Shainfeld, Aharale Nachshoni and more. Manny Hollander the “haredi mentalist” also took the stage.
The Egged bus company provided special transportation for the event which was co-sponsored by the Jewish Community of Hebron with support from the Israeli Ministry of Religious Affairs, Committee of the Maarat HaMachpela, Radio Kol BaRama and other organizations.
On Sunday morning, the annual Hallel prayers at dawn took place led by Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Chief Rabbi of Tzfat with musical accompaniment by Rabbi Uriel Saieed. Participants raised their lulav and etrog as they sang and danced outside the Cave of Machpela complex in the early hours of the morning. The service is usually inside the Hall of Isaac, but due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it was moved outside. This was still a far cry from last year when the country went into full lock-down and a bare minimum of participants were allowed entry even to the outdoor courtyard. As usual, the event was live streamed on the Hebron Facebook page.
After Simchat Torah ended, the annual Second Hakafot celebrations took place that evening with singing and dancing, both inside the Hall of Isaac and outside in the courtyard of the Machepla complex. As usual, musician Mendi Jerufi led the crowd in fast-paced, lively traditional music.  
All events were conducted in adherence to the Israeli Ministry of Health directives and participants were asked to present a green pass or negative COVID-19 test before entering the Machpela complex. Magen David Adom paramedics were on hand to administer corona rapid tests.
The Jewish community of Hebron would like to thank all those who worked hard to make these Succot experiences successful and look forward to many more happy occasions in the City of Abraham.
Wednesday Sep, 22, 2021 – Hall of Isaac & Rebecca open.
Thursday Sep. 23, 2021 - Hall of Isaac & Rebecca open. Concert 2:00pm – 7:00pm.
Sunday Sep 26, 2021 - Vatikin Shaharit 6:00am

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Chag sameach and happy Succot!
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Succot Prayers with Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu outside the Cave of the Patriarchs 2021 Photos: Elisha Grossberg | 67 Images
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