Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Footage of a surreptituous Kever Yosef pilgrimage

Yediot Aharonot journalist Akiva Novick traveled with Ben Yosef Livnat z"l to Kever Yosef, four days before he was killed by terrorists masked as policeman on a subsequent trip on the second night of Pesach. In the video below, Novick documented the drive to the grave in the middle of the night, which included driving at a speed of 230 km/hour to evade Israeli army vehicles restricting access to the area which is currently under Palestinian "control". Later in the video, the journalist and a group of Breslov Chasidim dash from their cars into the grave of Yosef Hatzaddik (Joseph, of the book of Genesis) to dance and pray on his grave on the eve of Erev Pesach.

The incident at Kever Yosef is a tragic event for all of the Jewish people. Note that the victim has a special connection to Yosef, rooted in his name, Ben Yosef. The significance of Joseph to the holiday of Passover is also noteworthy. When the Jewish people stood before the Red Sea, chased by the Egyptians, the sea split only after witnessing the awesome vision of two arks - the ark of the Torah, and the ark of the bones of Joseph.

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