"Explore the Old Jewish Cemetery" Mount of Olives Tip by WStat
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The tombs seen at the Mount Olives Hebrew Cemetery are from the 16th century on, but the beginning of the cemetery dates back to the period of the first Temple.
There are two reasons people want to be buried here. First, the view to the old city is spectacular. Second, when the Messiah arrives, all the dead will be resurrected, and since the messiah will arrive through the golden gate, then people who are buried on Mount of Olives will be 'First in line' to rise from the dead.
Many Jews saw the benefits of Mount of Olives as a burial place, and came here especially to be buried.
During the 1948 war, the cemetery was taken by the Jordanian Legion, together with the Old City of Jerusalem. The stones of the ancient tombs were used by them for construction purposes.
Among the famous people buried on Mount of Olives: Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Boris Shatz, David Yelin, Rabbi Cook, Yoel Moshe Solomon, Menachem Begin and others.
Address: Mount Olives
Directions: Old City Jerusalem
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