Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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Mincha at Shmuel

I merited to be at Kever Shmuel HaNavi, the tomb of the biblical prophet Samuel, for mincha (the afternoon prayer) today.  Here’s a few pictures…

The kever is surrounded by ruins of an ancient town, which has new archeological diggings going on.  The building houses a mosque and the kever area – which are newly separated with separate entrances.

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The Jewish area is down in a small room in the basement.

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Fortunately it has good air conditioning and lighting.  There are separate sides and entrances for women and men, no issues of crowding even though it’s a small space.

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A mixed crowd of chassidim, sephardim, and litaim all take advantage of the holy site.

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AFTER tefila (after the prayer service), people are saying tehillim (psalms) at the kever.  Why do I point out AFTER?  People are NOT praying to the tomb, they are praying by the tomb to invoke the merit of the holy prophet and gain attention for their prayers at the holy location.  You’ll notice in the picture above, during the afternoon prayer service, they are facing away from the kever and towards the Temple Mount.

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May the merits of our holy ancestors, prophets and tzaddikim stand for all Klal Yisroel for a good and sweet judgment for the new year.

Gmar Ksiva Tova!

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