Hebron Chanukah Candle-lighting 2023 - 5784

Lighting the menorah at the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in Hebron

6.12.23, 13:29
Chanukah Candle-lighting at the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in Hebron

Thursday December 6, 2023 / 24th of Kislev 5784
4:40pm – Brit Milah Hall
Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Schwartz, Chief Rabbi of Hebron-Kiryat Arba
6:30pm – Central Courtyard
Noam Waldman, head of the Nir Yeshiva of Kiryat Arba with the participation of teachers and students.

Saturday December 9, 2023 / 26th of Kislev 5784
8:00pm - Central Courtyard
Tzvika Mor, father of captive Eitan Avraham Mor

Sunday December 10, 2023 / 27th of Kislev 5784
4:40pm – Brit Milah Hall
Rabbi Yosef Dayan, Yosef Dayan, head of the regional religious council.
5:45pm – Central Courtyard
Lt.-Col. Yishai Rosilio, Amitai Cohen of the Judea Brigade,
Amitai Cohen, head of the Religious Council of the Tomb of the Ancestors

Monday December 11, 2023 / 28th of Kislev 5784
4:40pm – Brit Milah Hall
Yisrael Zev, long-time veteran of Machpela minyan
5:30pm – Central Courtyard
Rabbi Mishael Rubin, and the students of Yeshivat Shavei Hevron

Tuesday December 12, 2023 / 29th of Kislev 5784
4:40pm – Brit Milah Hall
Rabbi Simcha Hochbaum, Tourism Director, Hebron Fund
5:00pm – Central Courtyard
Barak Mordechai, district police commander
Police Chief Shadi Saank
7:30pm – Central Courtyard
Chabad of Hebron

Wednesday December 13, 2023 / 1st of Tevet 5784
4:40pm – Brit Milah Hall
Rabbi Itamar Leshem, Yeshivat Nir, Kiryat Arba
6:00pm – Central Courtyard
IDF Lt. Col. Asher Yosef and IDF Lt. Col. Akram Mansour and soldiers of the Judea Brigade.
Thursday December 14, 2023 / 2nd of Tevet 5784 
4:40pm – Brit Milah Hall
Yonatan Sharet, Tomb of the Ancestors staff
5:00pm – Central Courtyard
Yosef Golan, Air Force with district officers and police


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.
I Maccabees 5:65  states:
"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."
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