By COLlive reporter
Israeli authorities allowed a small group of Jews to make the trip to visit Yosef‘s Tomb, on the outskirts of the Arab city of Nablus, once the biblical city of Shechem.
The Regional Council of Shomron together with the tomb’s Jewish management coordinated the trip on Sunday for visiting Jews from Russia.
The group was led by Rabbi Yitzchak Kogan, Rabbi of the Bolshoy Bronnaya Synagogue in Moscow who is known by his pious title of “the Tzaddik of Leningrad” for his self-sacrifice.
“Rabbi Kogan, who is one of the most important rabbis in Russia, came with a delegation to gather strength from Yosef Hatzadik who is the unifier,” commented the council’s chairman Yossi Dagan.
“We remember the Yeshiva that operated here, Od Yosef Chai, and we anticipate its return,” he said.
Following recitation of Tehillim and other prayers, Rabbi Kogan personally blessed the visitors and the people who protect the holy site which has been the target of Arab terror.
Trips to the tomb are organized once every 2 weeks and visitors are shuttled by a bulletproof bus accompanied by the Israel Defence Forces.
“This is one of the holiest places in Israel,” Rabbi Kogan commented. “Whoever knows the story of Yosef knows that he is an example of how to live in exile and remain Jewish.”
Rabbi Kogan added: “Even when Yosef thought about his last day, he wanted to be buried in the land of Israel. We are here today at Kever Yosef and this gives us the power to live and fight for the nation of Israel.”