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The Patriarchs and the Matriarchs
Photograph by Richard T. Nowitz

Revered by three faiths, the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron functions as both synagogue and mosque, sometimes in the course of a single day. In times of intense Israeli-Palestinian conflict, however, authorities close off this West Bank shrine, believed to hold the remains of three pairs of biblical patriarchs and matriarchs: Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob and Leah.

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