Amukah, grave-site of Rabbi Yonatan Ben Uziel
Praying at the resting place of Rabbi Yonatan ben Uziel is known to draw down blessing in the search for a soulmate.
The Hillulah of Yonatan be Uziel is on the the 26th of the month of Sivan. Each year thousands of people visit the Kever throughout this 24-hour period and the surrounding three days.
A prayer to Rabbi Yonatan ben Uziel's gravesite in Amuka is a well-known remedy!
Amukah is located on the western edge of the Biriya forest and contains the ancient gravesite of the Talmudic scholar Rabbi Yonatan Ben Uziel. There is also a small village, called “Amukah” within a few minutes’ walk of the gravesite.
Rabbi Yonatan Ben Uziel was a student of Hillel the Elder. In the Talmud tractate Sukkah it is written that when birds flew over his head they burned due to the presence of the angels who came to hear Yonatan Ben Uziel study Torah.
Yonatan Ben Uziel is best known for his Translation of the Prophets, the “Targum, into Aramaic, the vernacular of his day. The Talmud tractate Megilla writes that he planned to author a translation and commentary on the Ketuvim as well but the heavens prevented this from happening because they did not want him to reveal the secrets of the final redemption.
Tradition Regarding Marriage
Jewish tradition relates that Yonatan Ben Uziel never married because he preferred to dedicate all of his time to his Torah studies. Toward the end of his life he regretted this, so in order to encourage marriages he gave a blessing that all those who are unmarried will find their soulmates within a period of one year if they visit his resting place. His gravesite at Amukah is a compelling pilgrimage site for singles who pray that, through Rabbi Ben Uziel’s intervention in the heavens, they will meet their soulmate.
Stories abound regarding individuals who pray at Amukah seeking a match. A number of stories revolve around people who intentionally “forgot” their “siddur”, prayer book with their name and contact details. The siddur was picked up and contact was initiated with a possible match. Other singles who had searched for their match for many years describe miraculously meeting someone very soon after their visit to Amukah and consider Yonatan ben Uziel to be their Shadchan.