Shem Va'Ever Cave

Cave of Shem and Ever

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Location: Zefat (or Tzfas), Galilee. Close to the bridge above Rehov Yerushalayim and close to Rehov Palmach.
Classification: SubterraneaCave Tomb
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Zefat is located in northern Israel, about 850m asl, which makes it a rather cool and pleasing place in summer. The name Zefat means to look. One sight of this city is the cave of Shem and Ever.

From Jerusalem Street, climb the stairs up to the bridge that carries HaPalmach Street to reach this holy cave where Noah's son and great grandson supposedly studied the Torah.

According to Muslim tradition, it was here that a messenger told Jacob of the death of his son, Joseph. The Arabs therefore call the cave "Place of Mourning", and they believe that the messenger lies buried here.

The cave is presided over by an old man who recites prayers, after which he expects a donation.

Text by Tony Oldham (2004). With kind permission.