Hundreds of Israelis go to Cave of the Patriarchs with WZO for Slichot – The Jerusalem Post

Posted By on August 28, 2021

Hundreds flocked to the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron Thursday night to say the Slichot prayers, thanks to the initiative of the World Zionist Organization (WZO).

The trip to Hebron could be seen by many as controversial, as the city is located in the West Bank and has a large number of Palestinian residents. In particular, the Cave of the Patriarchs has been an issue of some contention recently, notably with Israel's plans to add an elevator and make it wheelchair accessible.

"The return of the Jewish people to Hebron is a miracle that happened thanks to the power of those Jews who did not give up on Hebron as well as the national spirit that the Zionist movement instilled in them," WZO Department of Hebrew and Culture head Ifat Ovadia-Luski said in a statement.

"Those who are voicing opposition to the event in Hebron should read the history's pages and learn about the roots of the connection between the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish community in Hebron."

The Slichot prayers are said every year ahead of the High Holy Days and are important prayers asking for forgiveness.

Worshipers visit the Western Wall for Slichot, on August 26, 2021. (Video credit: Western Wall Heritage Foundation)

Also Thursday, many flocked to the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City for Slichot, though the worshipers abided by government COVID-19 regulations.

Worshipers were guided by police and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation on routes to and from the Western Wall to avoid overcrowding.

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