“Then Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the Lord brought you out from this place…’” (Exodus 13:3)
Hundreds of families are expected to gather at Hebron’s “Peace House” on Wednesday and Thursday, the intermediate days of Passover. The mass celebration will be in part due to the festival and in part to celebrate the inauguration of the building under newly ratified Jewish control.
The High Court of Justice earlier this year conclusively ratified the legality of the purchase of the building, which had been under dispute for some 10 years. The celebration will include a screening of a newly made movie outlining the history of the site as well as the rest of the Jewish owned buildings in Hebron, and include special Passover activities for children.
The Mayor of Kiryat Arba and Hebron, Malachi Levinger, told a local Hebrew newspaper Srugim, “We’ve returned home. And you are all invited on the Holiday of Passover and redemption to come and join us at ‘The Peace House’. We bought the building over ten years ago, and today we can finally begin to use it.”
The city of Hebron is no stranger to Jews purchasing land in the ancient city. Abraham purchased the Machpela Cave (Cave of the Patriarchs) from the local population back in biblical times, and has since been the home to such charismatic Jewish biblical leaders as Caleb, Otniel, and King David who ruled there for 7 years before moving his capital to Jerusalem.
Levinger encouraged everyone to come in and join the festivities. “We invite everyone to come join us in celebrating the redemption of the city. This is a huge opportunity for us and no one should miss it,” he said. “We call upon all of our brethren who for many decades have been redeeming the land of Israel to come and celebrate with us this redemption as well.”
Hebron recently put out a call for donations to help provide food for Passover for those in the community who need financial assistance in preparation for the holiday. While they reached their established goal, officials said there is much more work to be done.