Помните, как в "Братьях Карамазовых адвокат говорит свидетелю: "Стаканчика полтора чистенького спиртику — оно ведь очень недурно, как вы думаете? Можно и «райские двери отверсты» увидеть, не то что дверь в сад?". Так вот, в нашем уезде один муж правды и совета таки узрел райские двери - причем, заметим, безо всякого спирта:
In 1979, Yaish Ohana, an employee of the Beit She’an municipality’s maintenance department, issued a dramatic announcement to the public. In the backyard of his home in the city’s Dalet neighborhood, he wrote, nothing less than the entrance to the Garden of Eden had been revealed. “In my first dream, a tzadik [holy man] appeared to me and told me to dig in my backyard,” he wrote, describing the course of events. “I started digging, and suddenly an opening was revealed to me. I walked through the opening, and splendid things were revealed before my eyes. I saw a pool of fresh water surrounded by a great deal of greenery. I continued to walk and I saw a wondrous garden containing all that is good, and all around us were rabbis strolling.”
In the wake of this vision, Ohana began to cultivate the small garden behind his house, and for a few years the place was considered a holy site; the garden vegetation in it was thought to possess healing powers, and people paid visits to the site in order to pray or to receive a blessing.
“It was a typical local healing shrine,” says Yoram Bilu, emeritus professor of anthropology at the Hebrew University, who extensively investigated Ohana’s story of the gate to the Garden of Eden. “Not far away is a medical clinic, and many people saw them as two places that complemented one another; it was a lively site.”
But over the years the site’s fortunes have declined. In 1997, when the small synagogue that had been built near the garden burned down, Ohana refused to repair it. He subsequently left Beit She’an, and the faithful have abandoned the gate to the Garden of Eden. Nonetheless, the place has not lost all of its holy qualities: One of the neighbors, Rachel Ben Hamo, herself a former frequent visitor to the site, has become a familiar figure in the “healing” of barren women.
История про сон, разумеется, сразу заставляет вспомнить псаломщика о. Шавельского, о котором мы писали в прошлом постинге. Но мы же понимаем, что это совсем другое дело!
Ну и еще одна святыня, на этот раз вполне традиционная - могила праведника:
One of these sites lies not far from the Stone of the Destruction in Eshtaol. The grave, which was originally that of a Muslim sheikh, Sheikh Gharib, became famous in the 1980s when it was identified as the grave of Dan, son of the patriarch Jacob. Residents of the area began to upgrade the site, structures for a synagogue and a yeshiva were erected, benches were installed and a water pipe was laid. But in the meantime, another grave near Mount Tabor has been recognized as the “authentic” grave of Dan son of Jacob – and the status of Eshtaol tomb was undermined. About six months ago, the Israel Lands Authority demolished the structures erected near the grave, and three months ago the building holding the tomb itself was sealed.
The masses have abandoned the site, which is now strewn with trash. However, at least in the opinion of a small group of Bratslav hasidim, the site’s sanctity remains intact. They have broken into the sealed building, and have renewed prayers at the site. A visit to the grave last week confirmed that the site still suffers from physical neglect, but two young men were inside, praying with great spiritual devotion.
С упомянутым Камнем разрушения, кстати, тоже связано прекрасная история. Но об этом будет отдельно, так что следите за рекламой.