A Record 15,000 at Kever Yehoshua for Yahrtzeit


kever-yehoshuaA record 15,000 people visited the kever of Yehoshua bin Nun last night to mark his yahrtzeit. Yehoshua is buried in Heres, in Samaria, a village dating back to Biblical times which is now a Palestinian Authority-controlled town. His kever lies next to those of Nun, his father, and Calev ben Yefuneh.

Last night’s visitors included Jews from across the religious spectrum, both men and women, of all ages, both Israelis and tourists.

Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger was present, as were Minister of Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein and four Members of Knesset, Danny Danon (Likud), Uri Ariel (Ichud Leumi), Aryeh Eldad (Ichud Leumi) and Michael Ben-Ari (Ichud Leumi).

It was organized by several groups, among them the Samaria Regional Council, Shechem Echad, the Samaria Religious Council, and Yesod Olam.

Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, the chief rabbi of Samaria, led the many thousands in the tefillah of “Aleinu L’shabeyach.”

Rabbi Metzger spoke of Yehoshua and Calev’s greatness as the only two of the 12 meraglim who remained faithful to their task and confident in G-d’s ability to bring them into the land. He also called on the government to provide more regular access to kever Yehoshua and to kever Yosef which, he noted, was supposed to be under Israeli control under the Oslo Accords.

Read more at Arutz Shevah.

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