Love of the Land

Nebi Samuil (Tomb of the Prophet Shmuel)

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When the prophet Shmuel passed away he was buried in Ramah (Shmuel I 28:3). Tradition has it that his tomb is marked by the large building with a spire which the Arabs called Nebi Samuil, Arabic for Shmuel the Prophet.

During the Six-Day War the Jordanians shelled Jerusalem from a military installation near this tomb. Not far from the tomb is the large Ramot section of Jerusalem which was built after the war.

The Crusaders had another name for the area -- Mount of Joy -- which expressed their delight in catching from this high spot their first glimpse of Jerusalem.

The recovery of this sacred site from the hands of the Arabs has enabled Jews to resume their age-old custom of visiting the tomb of this great prophet and praying there.

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