April 14, 2020

Grave of Rav Ovadia of Bartenura desecrated

Jerusalem Worshipers on the Mount of Olives recently noticed that the grave of Rabbi Ovadia of Bartneora, author of the renowned commentary on the Mishna had been desecrated, with the headstones broken and scattered in the vicinity.

Worshipers reported the event to the Jerusalem Police who said they had launched an intensive and rapid investigation to find the rioters.

"Cameras and other security measures must be placed in the vicinity of the tomb, as is the case throughout the Mount of Olives, which has resulted in tomb vandalism having completely ceased on the Mount of Olives," said Rabbi Zuriel Crispel, Chief of the Cemetery Council.