Dr. Mehmet Oz and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach visited the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron as well as the ancient city of David in Jerusalem on Monday, before participating in a symposium discussion at the newly launched Jerusalem Press Club on Monday evening.
“The Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron is one of the only places on earth where one can see both Jews and Muslims praying together at the same site, said Rabbi Boteach.
Dr. Oz added that he believed the English translation of the word 'Hebron,' is 'connected. “Being here connects us to the roots of our shared beliefs, the very spot were Abraham, the father of monotheism is buried,” he said.
"We pray for the day when we will all pray together as brothers, just as Dr. Oz and I have done today," added Boteach.
Upon exiting the cave, Rabbi Boteach and Dr. Oz’s group joined an impromptu Hora dance circle with local residents and took photographs with some the IDF soldiers stationed there.
Later, at a Jerusalem press conference Dr. Oz told media, “you’re catching me at the end of a truly life-changing day... What changed my life is traveling through a country that has been traumatized, yet sees so much hope,” said Oz of his first trip to the country
Dr. Mehmet Oz and his family are being hosted by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach for their first trip to Israel. Boteach invited Dr. Oz on a voyage of Jewish values through the Holy Land.
The two American media personalities originally met as colleagues while working as radio hosts on the Oprah Show.