Chevron and the Gush!

We spent an educational and inspiring day touring the hills of Yehuda with Eytan, our tour guide. We began the day in Chevron where we had the opportunity to learn about the complex dilemmas facing Israel in the ongoing discussions regarding Yehuda and Shomron. The ancient and modern history of Chevron kept us enthralled as we walked the same streets as our Avot and Imahot so many years ago. We visited a roof top with a breathtaking view over the city, the cemetery, Beit Hadassah and the Avraham Avinu shul. We were privileged to hear from the father of our madricha – Tehilla – who at a young age made Aliyah to Kiryat Arba, the Jewish settlement near Chevron. We ended our tour of Chevron at Me’arat HaMachpela where we gained an insight into the history of the cave and then had time to daven mincha and say Tehillim in this holy site. From there, we travelled to Gush Etzion where we had the amazing opportunity to visit the lone oak tree which was a symbol of hope to the exiled residents of Gush Etzion in 1948 who, for 19 years, dreamed of returning to their homes. Eytan gave us an insight into the geo-political background of the area. We ended a busy and meaningful day with a visit to Kever Rachel. After an explanation of why Rachel was buried on the roadside, the madrichot gave each a girl a small book of Tehillim and we had time to daven by the kever of Rachel Imenu.