Changing Jewish Pilgrimage Sites in the Galilee Region during the Medieval Period

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Four reasons led to the change of the main Jewish pilgrimage sites in Galilee from ͑Araba and Dalata to Meron during the twelfth century. The Jewish population abandoned ͑Araba and the community of Dalata declined. During the eleventh century, pilgrims from the Diaspora preferred to participate in a central annual event on the Mount of Olives, organized by the Yeshiva of the Land of Israel, which simulated pilgrimage to the temple. During the twelfth century, the Jewish regional center in the Upper Galilee region had shifted from Jish to Safed. Consequently, the main regional pilgrimage shrine changed from Dalata to Meron. The pilgrimage to Meron was a result of the Frankish ban on Jewish presence in Jerusalem and the Frankish takeover of important shrines venerated by Jews outside the Galilee region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-45
Number of pages20
JournalAJS Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2024

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