The Jewish Sites That Became Sacred Overnight and Lost That Status Just as Quickly

Israel had a shortage of holy sites for people to visit after the formation of the state, so one man, Shmuel Zanvil Kahana, stepped up to create dozens of Jewish shrines

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Elijah's Cave in the northern Israeli city of Haifa.
Elijah's Cave in the northern Israeli city of Haifa.Credit: Gil Eliahu
Nir Hasson
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The Stone of Destruction, situated on a hill in the Eretz Hachaim Cemetery, near Moshav Eshtaol.Credit: Emil Salman
Elijah's Cave in the northern Israeli city of Haifa.Credit: Gil Eliahu
David’s Tomb.Credit: Moshe Gilad
The new holy places suffered a setback in their status following the occupation of the truly significant holy places – the Western Wall, Rachel’s Tomb and the Tomb of the Patriarchs (pictured)Credit: Wikipedia commons
Tombs of the Sandhedrin in Jerusalem.Credit: Emil Salman
The Lion’s Cave.Credit: Emil salman
At the site that has been proclaimed as the gate to the Garden of Eden there is now a shed, situated in the city of Beit She'an. Credit: Gil Eliahu

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