April 7, 2011
Electricity cut to Rambam’s tomb
Visitors to the tomb of Jewish scholar and philosopher Moses Maimonides have been left in the dark.
That’s because the rabbis who manage the site in the Israeli city of Tiberias neglected to pay the electric bills over a long period of time.
The Israel Electric Corp. cut electricity to the site after the mounting bills passed the $11,500 mark.
Visitors usually come to pray at the tomb around the clock. The tomb currently is closed to night visitors due to what a sign on the tomb is calling “a power glitch.”
Maimonides, known as the Rambam, was born in Spain around 1138, where he wrote famous works of Jewish law, philosophy and medicine.
He died in Cairo in 1204 and his remains were said to be reburied in Tiberias, on the banks of the Sea of Galilee.