Restoration and refurbishment work has been completed at the site of Samuel’s Tomb, thought to be the resting place of the Prophet Samuel located north west of Jerusalem just outside the neighborhood of Ramot.
The work was carried out by the National Center for the Development of Holy Sites, operated by the Ministry of Religous Services, and the IDF’s Civil Administration, and included preservation work and the reinforcement of the building’s infrastructure and was financed by donations from the Falik family of Miami and Panama as well as the Civil Administration itself.
Furnishings and decoration were also added to the site during the general upgrade.
According to the National Center for the Development of Holy Sites, the Jerusalem Police Department intends to allocate police personnel to Samuel’s Tomb on a permanent basis for the protection of the site.
The completion of the renovation was marked by a ceremony last week attended by Chief Rabbi David Lau, Supervisor of the Western Wall and the Holy Places Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, as well Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel and MK Uri Maklev.
“Samuel’s Tomb serves as the mezuzah for the gateway to Jerusalem,” said Rabinowitz.
“[The biblical figure of] Hannah said about her son Samuel ‘for this child I prayed’, and taught us how to pray, and it is therefore not for nothing that this place serves as a central site for prayer,” the rabbi added.