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The Tomb of Rabbi Judah Nesiah

Rabbi Judah Nesiah was head of the Sanhedrin in Tiberias, but according to tradition asked to be buried in Tzippori.

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Rabbi Judah Nesiah was the grandson of Rabbi Judah the Prince, who lived from about 230 to 270 CE.
He was head of the Sanhedrin in Tiberias, but according to tradition asked to be buried in Tzippori.

Judah Nesiah was known for stressing the importance of Torah education and for reconciling opinionated sages. Some traditions associate this tomb with that of Rabbi Judah the Prince himself, the redactor of the Mishnah (the first book of the Talmud), who headed the Sanhedrin when it was headquartered in Tzippori.

Pilgrims have been visiting this tomb at least since the Middle Ages, when it was reconstructed. However visitors can clearly see elements of the original Roman tomb: the thick stone doorway flanked by two rows of burial niches and a “standing pit” for mourners in the middle. On a shelf opposite the doorway prayer books can be found along with notes left by worshippers praying for healing.

 

Access to the Tomb of Rabbi Judah Nesiah is via Moshav Tzippori and two remote-operated iron gates .To open the first gate call the moshav office at 04-655-6440. Drive along the main road to a second gate, and call the cell phone number posted on Hebrew sign. The tomb is located just beyond it.



 

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