Druze tradition honors this modest white-domed tomb in the heart of
the large Western Galilee mountain town of Yirka as that of Joseph, son
of Jacob. Interestingly, Jewish pilgrims since the 18th century have
identified it as the final resting place of Hushai the Archite, friend
and courtier of King David (2 Samuel 16:16; 1 Chron. 27:33).
For easiest access to the tomb, park your car in the town center, ask directions, and walk to it (approximately 700 yards).
to the frequency of both Jewish and Druze visitors to this town of some
12,300, when you ask how to get to the tomb, you’ll get friendly
directions no matter which historic name you mention!
knows when the tomb was built; some believe it dates back to the seventh
century CE. Also mysteries are when Hushai, from the southern tribe of
Benjamin moved north, and how the tomb of Joseph came to have two
locations (the other is in Nablus, the biblical Shechem). But it’s the
tradition that counts, as you’ll sense when you enter the tiny,
well-kept room in the center of which is the triangular tomb marker,
covered with a scarlet cloth.