In the Torah
is mentioned as the youngest son of Aaron
the High Priest. After the death of his two eldest brothers Nadab and Abihu
, Ithamar served as a priest along with his elder brother, Eleazar
. During the travels of the Israelites
in the desert, Ithamar stood at the head of the children of Gershon
, the carriers of the Tabernacle
. He was also in charge of the work of the Levites
in general. Ithamar and Eleazar are regarded as the direct male ancestors of all Kohanim
The burial site of Ithamar is associated with the Hill of Phinehas as related in the Bible and is attributed with the location of the village of Awarta in the Samarian section of the current day West Bank. Due to the uncertain security situation, the Israel Defence Forces limits visits by Jews to one annual night close to the 5th of Shevat on the Hebrew calendar (around January-February).
Other people named Ithamar
Today, the name Itamar is a masculine name common in Israel.
It was used as the baptismal name of the first Saxon holder of the bishopric of Rochester.