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The Ancient Cemetery of Tiberias jew

As you enjoy a walk along the lakeside promenade south of  you will notice the large cemetery climbing the slope across the street. Some tombstones here are so old their inscriptions cannot be read; others are more recent, as the ancient burial ground is still in use.

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As you enjoy a walk along the lakeside promenade south of Tiberias you will notice the large cemetery climbing the slope across the street. Some tombstones here are so old their inscriptions cannot be read; others are more recent, as the ancient burial ground is still in use.
 
This cemetery is very sacred due to a tradition that the resurrection of the dead will begin here. The tradition comes from the Babylonian Talmud, which notes that Tiberias is the lowest of all cities and will “arise” even before Jerusalem (Isaiah 52:2). Maimonides wrote that the resurrection in Tiberias would begin precisely 40 years before anywhere else.
 
The cemetery in Tiberias goes back to the time when Herod Antipas founded what he hoped would be a showcase Roman city, but contrary to Jewish law, he built it on top of graves. Consequently, no self-respecting Jew would live there at first. Eventually, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, rebel against Rome and author of the Zohar, came to bathe in Tiberias’ hot springs and was cured of a skin ailment. He then conducted a ceremony to “purify Tiberias of its dead,” after which the city rose to prominence
 

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