II Samuel 15:30
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30  David meanwhile went up the slope of the [Mount of] Olives, weeping as he went; his head was covered and he walked barefoot. And all the people who were with him covered their heads and wept as they went up.

v’-da-VID o-LEH v’-ma-a-LAY ha-zay-TEEM o-LEH u-vo-KHEH v’-ROSH LO kha-FUY v’-HU ho-LAYKH ya-KHAYF v’-khol ha-AM a-sher i-TO kha-FU EESH ro-SHO v’-a-LU a-LOH u-va-KHOH

ל  וְדָוִד עֹלֶה בְמַעֲלֵה הַזֵּיתִים עֹלֶה וּבוֹכֶה וְרֹאשׁ לוֹ חָפוּי וְהוּא הֹלֵךְ יָחֵף וְכָל־הָעָם אֲשֶׁר־אִתּוֹ חָפוּ אִישׁ רֹאשׁוֹ וְעָלוּ עָלֹה וּבָכֹה׃

 15:30   David meanwhile went up the slope of the [Mount of] Olives

Mount of Olives

In distress, King David ascends the Mount of Olives, Har HaZeitim (הר הזיתים), the mountain just east of the Temple Mount that later becomes a very significant location for the Jewish people. During the time of the Beit Hamikdash, the red heifer, whose ashes are needed for complete ritual purification, is to be slaughtered on Har HaZeitim, in view of the Temple. Har HaZeitim is also home to the most important Jewish cemetery in Israel, due to its proximity to the Temple Mount. In fact, there is a tradition, based on a verse in Zecharya (14:4), that those who are buried on Har HaZeitim will be the first to be resurrected in the times of Mashiah. Har HaZeitim gets its name from the many olive trees that once grew there. According the Sages, the olive branch brought back to Noach in the mouth of the dove was taken from an olive tree on Har HaZeitim.

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