Jewish Holy Tombs of Tiberias Israel

Jewish holy tombs are also known as kivrei tzadikim which means the tombs or grave of the righteous. These graves belong to the greatest Jewish scholars and rabbi of all time and are often considered Jewish pilgrimage sites with many religious Jews visiting the holy tombs to ask for blessings. The graves are especially popular during Jewish holidays when Jews gather to ask the pious Jews to intercede on their behalf before God to ask for his blessing or forgiveness. Jews often visit the holy tombs when they are looking for good health, a marital partner, success in business, to fall pregnant or financial prosperity. There are Galilee tours which take you to the various kivrei tzadikim and some of the Touryourway Galilee tours include these holy tombs in tours which cover more general sites in the north. The most famous graves of pious Jews in the north re located in both large well known cities like Haifa, Safed and Tiberias and in lesser known sites which are often overlooked by general Galilee tours like Mount Meron. There are almost 100 kevrei tzadikim in Israel and other tours take you to places like Bethlehem where you can visit the Tomb of Rachel; Jerusalem to visit the Tomb of Shmuel Hanavi and Hebron to the Tomb of the Patriarchs. Tiberias in particular holds several important tombs of pious Jews and is often part of Jewish Galilee tours.

Tiberias Holy Tombs

Rabbi Ben Yosef Akiva (c.50AD-132AD) grew from a humble illiterate shepherd to one of the greatest Jewish minds and a wise Torah scholar. He contributed to the Mishnah and in the Talmud he is called the “Chief of all Sages.” Visitors to Rabbi Akiva’s grave ask for the blessing of wisdom and knowledge. You will see the greatest number of worshipers here on the eve of Yom Kippur which is said to be when he died at the hands of the Romans following the Bar Kokhba Revolt.

Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon (also known as Maimonides and as Rambam) and was one of the most prolific Jewish scholars of his time. Rambam was a Sephardic philosopher, astronomer and physician who was born in Cordova, Spain in 1135 and traveled through Morocco to Egypt where he died in 1204. From there his body was brought to Tiberias for burial alongside Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakkai. Maimonides codified the Pirush Ha’Mishnah L’Rambam, Yud Gimmel Ikrim, the Book of Mitzvot, Yad Ha’Chazaka and also influenced the Muslim and gentile world of science, philosophy and medicine. His grave is often visited by those asking for good health and healing.

Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakkai (30AD-90AD) also known as Ribaz was a Jewish sage in the Second Temple era and a major contributor to the laws of Rabbinical Judaism as set down in the Mishnah. His burial site is within the Maimonides Tomb Complex although buried more than 1,000 years before the Rambam. Within the same complex is the grave of Isaiah Ben Abraham Horowitz (c.1555-1630) who was a prominent mystic and Levite Rabbi who wrote halachic, homiletic and Kabbalistic works including Shenei Luhot HaBrit (The Two Tablets of the Covenant).