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ACCORDING to tradition the burial place of famous Rabbi Jonathan ben Uzziel is to be found near Amuka, which is located in Upper Galilee near Safed, in the North of Israel, just east of the valley where the Arab village Ammuqa was located until its depopulation in 1948. It is reported, that the Arab population too, had honored the grave of Rabbi Jonathan ben Uzziel. The Rabbi was one of the eighty tannaim, Rabbinic sages, who studied under Hillel the Elder, more than 2000 years ago. Some people attribute special powers (segulot) to him. Segulot being a protective or benevolent charm or ritual in Kabbalistic and Talmudic tradition. Today there is a shrine inside the ruin of a building raised around the burial place, which is said to have been a synagogue.

By the way, the visitors pray at Rabbi Jonathan ben Uzziel’s graveside for a good marriage partner, for children, satisfaction from one’s children, a good livelihood, health, and happiness.

The Hula Valley with the Jordan River, which in summer is often nothing but a small creek, separates the Upper Galilee from the Golan Heights. Even though the latter is a small and notoriously disputed and dangerous plateau because of its utmost military importance, has nonetheless a few trails for hiking, waterfalls, and creeks to offer. From the top of Merom Hagolan, a strategic hill in the north of the Golan Heights, one has a panoramic view over this tight neighborhood, the north of Israel till Mount Hermon, Lebanon, and Syria.

 

The famous Opuntia cactus, known in Israel as "tsabar" (sabra) near Amuka
The famous Opuntia cactus, known in Israel as “tsabar” (sabra) near Amuka

 

The shrine of Rabbi Jonathan ben Uzziel near Amuka
The shrine of Rabbi Jonathan ben Uzziel near Amuka

 

The shrine of Rabbi Jonathan ben Uzziel from inside out
The shrine of Rabbi Jonathan ben Uzziel from inside out

 

The neighborhood of Rabbi Jonathan ben Uzziel's shrine
The neighborhood of Rabbi Jonathan ben Uzziel’s shrine

 

Forest near the shrine of Rabbi Jonathan ben Uzziel
Forest near the shrine of Rabbi Jonathan ben Uzziel

 

Olive tree grove near Amuka in the Upper Galilee
Olive tree grove near Amuka in the Upper Galilee

 

View from the Golan Heights over the Hula Valley towards the hills of the Upper Galilee in the distance
View from the Golan Heights over the Hula Valley towards the hills of the Upper Galilee in the distance

 

Golan Heights near Devora Waterfall
Golan Heights near Devora Waterfall

 

Flower on the way to Devora Waterfall - No. 1
Flower on the way to Devora Waterfall – No. 1

 

On the way towards Devora Waterfall
On the way towards Devora Waterfall

 

Flower on the way to Devora Waterfall - No. 2
Flower on the way to Devora Waterfall – No. 2

 

View towards the Hula Valley and the hills of the Upper Galilee on the opposite side
View towards the Hula Valley and the hills of the Upper Galilee on the opposite side

 

Flower on the way to Devora Waterfall - No. 3
Flower on the way to Devora Waterfall – No. 3

 

Tree, rocks and dry vegetation on the way to Devora Waterfall
Tree, rocks and dry vegetation on the way to Devora Waterfall

 

Thornbush on Golan Heights
Thornbush on Golan Heights

 

Tree, rocks and dry vegetation on the Golan Heights
Tree, rocks and dry vegetation on the Golan Heights

 

Golan Heights near Devora Waterfall
Golan Heights near Devora Waterfall

 

Devora Waterfall - No. 1
Devora Waterfall – No. 1

 

Devora Waterfall - No. 2
Devora Waterfall – No. 2

 

Swimming at the Devora Waterfall
Swimming at the Devora Waterfall

 

Around Devora Waterfall
Around Devora Waterfall

 

Water running from Devora Waterfall towards the Hula Valley and the Jordan River
Water running from Devora Waterfall towards the Hula Valley and the Jordan River

 

Water running from Devora Waterfall towards the Hula Valley and the Jordan River
Water running from Devora Waterfall towards the Hula Valley and the Jordan River

 

View from Merom Hagolan towards Mount Hermon, Lebanon, and Syria - No. 1
View from Merom Hagolan towards Mount Hermon, Lebanon, and Syria – No. 1

 

View from Merom Hagolan towards Mount Hermon, Lebanon, and Syria - No. 2
View from Merom Hagolan towards Mount Hermon, Lebanon, and Syria – No. 2

 

The news in Merom Hagolan
The news in Merom Hagolan

 

View towards Damascus from the top of Merom Hagolan
View towards Damascus from the top of Merom Hagolan

 

View towards the south from Merom Hagolan
View towards the south from Merom Hagolan

 

Hula Valley near the banks of the Jordan River
Hula Valley near the banks of the Jordan River

 

Hula Valley next to the Jordan River with Golan Heights ascending behind
Hula Valley next to the Jordan River with Golan Heights ascending behind

 

Hula Valley around the Jordan River
Hula Valley around the Jordan River

 

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