Love of the Land

For the week ending 16 February 2008 / 10 Adar I 5768

Har Hazeitim Tomb of Prophet Zechariah

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
At the bottom of the Jewish cemetery in the Kidron Valley on the slopes of Har Hazeitim is the tomb of the last of the prophets.

Zechariah lived during the return to Eretz Yisrael from Babylonian exile and was a member of the august Anshei Knesset Hagedolah (Members of the Great Assembly) who played such a major role in rabbinical legislation and leadership.

All who visit his tomb pray for the fulfillment of his prophetic vision of "Elderly men and women will once again sit in the streets of Jerusalem… and the streets of the city will be filled with little boys and girls playing." (Zechariah 8:4-5)

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