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Underground Wonder Grounds

Shira Yehudit Djalilmand

When you enter a cave, you enter an entirely different world — an interesting, wonderful, and mysterious underground world — Ready to go in …?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Caves have been used by Jews for centuries, for Torah study and for burial. The most famous cave is probably Mearas HaMachpeilah inHebron. That’s where Adam HaRishon and Chava, and the Avos and Imahos — Avraham and Sarah, Yitzchak and Rivkah, and Yaakov and Leah — are buried.

Rabi Shimon Bar Yochai secluded himself in a cave in Pekiin for 13 years to study Torah, and you can find graves of tzaddikim in caves all over the north of Israel. Jews also used caves to hide from their enemies. During the Bar Kochba revolt in the 2nd century, many cave complexes in central Israel, including those in Beit Guvrin and Hazan, were lived in by Jews fleeing from the Romans. These cave complexes had everything — synagogue, oil press, water cisterns, storage rooms, and secret passageways to escape through. 

 

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