Ohel (grave)

Ohel (grave)
The graves of Grand Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter (right) and his son, Grand Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Alter (left) in an ohel adjacent to the Sfas Emes Yeshiva in downtown Jerusalem.

Ohel (Hebrew: אוהל‎; plural, ohalim, literally, "tent") is a structure built over a Jewish grave as a sign of prominence of the person buried within. Ohalim range from small wooden, brick, or plaster structures to large buildings which include one or more graves and area for visitors to sit and meditate.


Landmark ohalim

The graves of some (but not all) prominent Hasidic Rebbes and Jewish community leaders in Europe, North Africa, America and Israel are covered by an ohel. One or more graves may be included in the same structure. Landmark ohalim include:

Single-grave ohel

Multiple-grave ohel

Biblical figures and Talmudic sages

Rachel's Tomb, covered by a distinctive, dome-shaped ohel, as it appeared circa 1910.

Biblical figures and Talmudic sages are typically buried in ohalim:

See also

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