As part of a covert expedition to restore Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzeira’s tomb, which has been neglected for years, a delegation of Israeli volunteers left for Egypt on Monday.
Volunteers cleaned the burial site and its surroundings, repaired broken windows, and painted the tomb’s walls at Damanhur in cooperation with Egyptian authorities, according to Ynet.
After Abuhatzeira’s family spent years pleading with Egyptian officials to approve the renovation, the renovations took several hours to complete.
The Abuhatzeira family is hoping that Egyptian authorities will now be more receptive to possible Israeli pilgrims who visit the burial place once a year.
Egyptian authorities outlawed this custom in 2012 owing to “moral violations” allegedly committed by Jewish visitors.
Following the ban, David Govrin, a former Israeli ambassador to Egypt, was the first person to go there in 2017 and take pictures of the grave’s appalling state.