Friday, November 5, 2010

New Street for COHANIM in Tiberias (Tverya)


The northern Israeli town of Tiberias (Hebrew: Tverya) has countless graves of Zaddikim. I am not going into the subject now whether it is the real location of a Zaddik or not (e.g. Rabbi Akivah's wife Rachel or the RAMBAM).

Generally, Cohanim (Temple Priests) are not allowed to go to a cemetery due to purity reasons. However, there are ways where the Cohen can get around the Halacha. In a halachic way, of course. Just look at the Toldot Aharon Rebbe when he was visiting the grave of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in Meron.

The city of Tiberias at the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) is building an entire street for Conahim right downtown near the Rambam's grave. The street at the Central Bus Station, Rehov HaYarden, is going to be built in a halachic way so that Cohanim are able to pass. The Israeli govenrment as well as the Tiberias Municipality are investing 20 million Shekels (approx. 6 million Dollar). A local told me that almost the entire city of Tiberias is built an graves from more than 2000 years ago and we are basically all walking and living on graves. 

Now more concrete is being put onto the road in order to pave the halachic way for Cohanim.


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