3,692 years after our father Abraham purchased the Cave of Machpela, we are excited and honored to announce the arrival of a new Chabad Shaliach to The Mearat Hamachpela! Rabbi Yoni Attiya with his wife Chani and daughter Ahavati joined the staff here at Chabad, serving the tens of thousands of visitors to Judaism’s 2nd holiest site with Tefillin, smiles and words of inspiration.
Rabbi Yoni, son of veteran Shaliach Rabbi Victor and grandson of the world-renowned Baruch Nachshon, was born and raised in Kiryat Arba, growing up in the spirit of Shlichus in the city. Once he finished his studies, Yoni joined the IDF and was stationed in Hebron. It’s only natural that he would continue his connection to the city, in this new chapter of its history.
We would like to bless Rabbi Yoni with much success in his new undertaking.
More than 100 years ago, the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, known as the Rebbe Rashab, made an appeal to his Chassidim in the Holy City of Hebron. “Please purchase the right to light the main Lag B’Omer bonfire in Hevron on my behalf” he instructed them.
Following in this tradition, as the privileged representatives of Chabad in Hebron today, our team sponsors and hosts the main Lag B’Omer festivities in Hebron annually. This year we are looking forward to our crowds being bigger than last year, and we want to ensure that the message of this unique holiday is touching as many people as possible!
You can be a part of our unique Lag B’Omer endeavors today by helping us fulfill the Rebbe Rashab’s wishes by ‘purchasing’ the ability to light that flame. Just click here to donate. n
The astonishing crowd of 2,500 guests in the massive Chabad tent with catered Shabbat meals was not the full extent of our “guest list.” As a result of the excitement of the publicity of this huge tent and the plans for 3 lavish Shabbat meals, thanks to the unimaginable generosity of our anonymous donor, there were another 1,000 guests who showed up after the registration was closed. We put up another huge tent to feed those guests… since, of course, our desire was to mirror the very highest level of hachnasat orchim, that of Avraham Avinu!
Being that it is the 50th year celebrating the liberation of Hebron, it was entirely appropriate that it was commemorated by such a stupendous turnout. Hebron’s year-round residents truly felt this was a perfect reflection of such an important anniversary.
As always, a picture is worth a thousand words, so please enjoy these pictures… just a small taste of this historic Shabbat!
As they always do for large events in Hebron, this upcoimg weekend the IDF will be sending many reinforcements to the city to make sure everything will run safely and smoothly. In addition to making sure that all the guests are fed properly, Chabad of Hebron will be working around the clock to offer all the additional soldiers and police officers proper care.
If every day is a good day to give tzedakah, surely the week of Chaye Sarah is an auspicious time to help Chabad take care of the soldiers and security personnel all year round. Donate Today at https://secure.usaepay.com/interface/epayform/1KCR2DTttnRG8Y0RFCE6269k5550B0b7/
Every year on Shabbat Chayei Sarah, tens of thousands of Jewish people from around the world come to Hebron. During the Shabbat , Parshat Chayei Sarah, the story of the Patriarch Abraham purchasing the Cave of Machpela as a burial place for his wife, Sarah, is read. Guests sleep in people’s homes, floors of classrooms, and pretty much anywhere they can find a spot. Some people even pitch tents just to be in Hebron for the special occasion.
The recurring challenge each year is being certain that the tens of thousands of visitors have all three Shabbat meals properly arranged.
This year, thanks to an anonymous sponsor, a Chabad Chassid, who shares the passion that the Rebbe had for Hebron, every visitor will be able to find three, delicious, home cooked Shabbat meals in a massive 26,000 sq. foot tent outside the Machepla. And what’s more, this will all be provided for FREE! All these meals are being hosted by Chabad of Hebron.
Of course, when we’re talking about Avraham Avinu, a host par excellence, and Chabad of Hebron coming together, we’re surely not talking about a simple meal. It’ll be a meal that will make Avraham Avinu proud and will ensure that all our guests are satisfied!
If you, or anyone you know, will be in the Holy Land and is looking for an amazing and inspiring experience, sign up today by visiting www.2hebron.co.il