The Cave of the Patriarchs stand over the tomb that Abraham purchased, as recorded in the Book of Genesis. The Cave of the Patriarchs was built by Herod the Great over 2,000 years ago and is still standing and in use up to this day. These caves are the burial plots of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Bible; Abraham & Sarah, Isaac & Rebekah, and Jacob & Leah. For 700 years, from 1267 to 1967, Jews were barred from entering the Cave of the Patriarchs. In 1967, Rabbi Shlomo Goren reclaimed Jewish control over the Cave of the Patriarchs in the name of the Jewish people, and people of all faiths can now freely enter and worship at the holy site.
An estimated 40,000-50,000 Jews from around the world converged on the city of Hebron and its adjacent sister city, Kiryat Arba, over Shabbat in honor of Sarah, the biblical matriarch of the Jewish people.