The seventh step in ‘ Mearat Hamachpela ‘ – Hebron
For around seven hundred years, until the Six Day War in 1967 Jews were not allowed to enter Mearat Hamachpela (The Cave Of The Patriarchs) in Hebron and were allowed only up to the Seventh step leading to the entrance (today the entrance is on the other side of the structure)
This was the ruling of the Mamluke Muslim regime that ruled the region of Israel. Jews prayed for years to be able to enter the magnificent structure of The Patriarchs Tombs.
But we knew how to make lemonade out of lemons…To be honest the Tombs of our ancestors Avraham, Yitzchak, Yaacov, Sarah, Rivka and Leah are very close to that Seventh step for they stand across the lower area of the structure that according to tradition is where they are buried.
Therefore that Seventh step left a room in the heart of Am Yisrael and still today on the way to pray many people stop on that very step.
On our tours to the Cave of machpela we can actually stand on that spot and Thank God also enter the structure.
Video from our trip in Hebron: