Amidst war and Devastation, Prophet Nahum Respected by all Faiths

Historically, while there were many different Jewish pilgrimages across Iraq during Shavuot—one of three such holidays—the largest was always to Nabi Nahum during Eid al-Ziyara, or the “festival of the pilgrimage.”  The community was known to have a famous saying, “Those who have not made the pilgrimage to Nahum’s tomb have not yet known real pleasure!”

Read more here in Philos Project

Jewish Shrine Defies ISIS ON War’s Edge

Kweskin confirmed facts about the tomb of Nahum reported by journalists from National Geographic and Haaretz newspaper during the last two years. Jews in the area were forced to flee AlQosh in 1948, at which time the iron keys to the tomb were handed to an Assyrian-Christian man named Sami Jajouhana who agreed to look after it…”

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Praying at a Jewish Tomb in the Shadow of ISIS

Back when they still lived in Iraq, Kurdish Jews had a famous saying about the ancient synagogue believed to house the tomb of a biblical prophet in this beleaguered town on the high northern plateau of Nineveh province.

On Shavuot they said, “He who has not made the pilgrimage to Nahum’s tomb has not yet known real pleasure.”

Read more here in the Forward

and here (Hungarian)