Tzaddikim Graves, Tiberias

About this place

The Graves of Pious Jews in Tiberias are visited by Jews from across the country who come to pay their respects and pray. The Talmud tells us that praying at the graveside of a pious Jew increases the chance that your prayers will be answered. When praying at the graves of these great Sages and famous Rabbis your prayers are said to have more merit. Many believers have testified to miracles and abundant blessings following a visit to one of the "Kevra Tzaddikim" in Tiberias. 


The Maimonides Tomb, Tiberias

Perhaps the most famous and popular Kivra Tzaddikim in Tiberias is the tomb of Moshe ben Maimon also known as "Rambam and as Maimonides." Rambam came from Cordova, Spain and traveled through North Africa, living and working as a doctor in Egypt where he died in 1204. It is said that on his death bed Rambam told his sons that he wanted to be buried in Israel.  The Rambam's remains were brought to Israel by camel and he was buried where the camel stopped. Rambam's grave is centrally located and easy to find although some of the other graves are best visited with a Jewish Israel tour package. Alongside Maimonides's grave are the tombs of Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai and Isaiah Horowitz (c.1555-1630).


Rabbi Meir Ba'al HaNess Tomb

In the ancient Tiberias cemetery is the grave of Rabbi Meir Ba'al HaNess, also called the Miracle Maker. This great Sage studied under Rabbi Akiva in the 2nd century and took part in the Bar Kochba Revolt. Also in the ancient Tiberias cemetery is the tomb of Rabbi Haim Abulafya who founded the Jewish settlement in Tiberias in around 1740. 


Rabbi Akiva Tomb

One of the most important graves in Tiberias is that of Rabbi Akiva (50-135AD). This famous tzaddik was a leading scholar and a contributor to the Mishnah and Midrash HaLacha. He is even called the Chief of the Sages in the Talmud. Rabbi Akiva is said to have taken park in the Bar Kokhba Revolt against the Romans (Third Roman-Jewish War) which resulted in his execution. Today his tomb is a popular pilgrimage site especially on the eve of Yom Kippur. The Tomb of Rabbi Akiva is located at the western entrance to Tiberias.


The Mothers' Tomb 

At the Mothers' Tombs are the graves of Zilpah and Bilha, mothers to four sons fathered by Jacob; Yocheved, daughter of Elisheva and Levi as well as Zipora, Moses' wife. These righteous women are buried in the Kiriat Shuel neighborhood of Tiberias. These tombs are particularly popular with women praying for fertility.

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