Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Shavuot Peregrination to the Tomb of Ruth
It is Shavuot, the feast of the new harvest in Israel, the best weather of the year. This is the time when Ruth the Moabite slept in the fields and happened to call the attention of Boaz, her wealthy employer, so the King David dynasty was born. Ruth's Tomb is on a hill overlooking Hebron, and a cult has developed in the last twenty years: converts from all the nations, who adopted the Jewish people as their own like Ruth did, visit the tomb during this time of the year. The tomb itself consists of a number of underground chambers and the entrance is the ruin shown on the pic. The tomb is on asmall hill between Tel Rumeyda (the Jewish settlement) and the city of Hebron, near the old Jewish cemetery. On roof of the tomb there is a Zahal post guarding the entrance to the Jewish settlement.