Israel Guide: Meron

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The mountain of Meron is the highest one in the Galil. It is more then 4,000 feet high. It gets its fame on account of the many great tzaddikim buried here The large domed building is the burial place of Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai and his son Rebbe Elazar. There are also the kevorim of Hillel and Shamai, as well as their students. Up to the right is the burial place of Rebbe Yochanan Ha’sandler.

Here one can also see the remains of one of the oldest shuls in the country. It dates back to the time of the 2nd Bet Ha’mikdosh. It has three entrance gates all facing in the direction of Yerushalayim.

Thousands of people come here on the 33rd day of the Omer where they celebrate the Hilulah of Rebbi Shimon. They sing, dance, light bonfires, feast and study here. Many have the custom to give their three year old boys their first haircut at this holy spot.

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

Lived in Eretz Yisrael, 2nd century CE. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the saintly Tanna of the mishnaic period and author of the Holy Zohar, was a disciple of Rabbi Akiva. Rabbi Akiva was put to death by the Romans for…

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Some Awesome Lag B’Omer Pics On the Internet

Questions for Lag B’Omer Test in a Satmar school. Sweet child, circle the correct answer 1: When is the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai? A: Rosh Chodesh Iyur B: Pesach Sheini C: Lag B’Omer 2: What…

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Rabbi Berel Wein – How Authentic is the Zohar?

Rabbi Berel Wein giving a lecture on the origins of the ZOHAR (Book of Splendor, published in 1290 by Rabbi Moshe DeLeon in Spain). The lecture took place at Yeshivas AISH HATORAH. In 9 Minutes, Rabbi Wein brings down R’…

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7 Instant Steps How to Be a Fake Mekubal/Healer

Kabbalah is an ancient tradition allegedly hearkening to the days of Adam HaRishon. Aside from the Zohar (commonly attributed to R’ Shimon bar Yochai), many other Kabbalistic works have abounded, such as the Sefer Hakanah and Sefer HaPliah. However, today…

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Israel Guide: Meron

The mountain of Meron is the highest one in the Galil. It is more then 4,000 feet high. It gets its fame on account of the many great tzaddikim buried here The large domed building is the burial place of…

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R’ Pinchas ben Yair

Rebbi Pinchas ben Yair was the son in law of Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai. The gemorah (Chulin 7) tells that he was extremely careful never to partake from someone else’s meal. He also refused to accept support from others. He…

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Praying at the Grave of a Tzadik

Eretz Yisroel is full of many holy grave sites, and from time to time, during our many trips, we will be making stops at the kevorim of some of the very great tzaddikim. It is therefore of immense importance to…

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R’ Shimon Bar Yochai

The name Rebbi Shimon can be found practically on every page throughout the entire Talmud. Whenever it mentions the name Rebbi Shimon without giving us the name of his father, it usually refers to none other than the great Tanna…

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Devar Torah Parshas Emor – The Counting of the Omer

On the second day of Pesach we were required to bring a special korban mincha from the newly grown barley. It consisted of one tenth of an Efah. ( An Efah is a measurement equal to the volume of 432 eggs. )…

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Lag Ba’Omer – One Big (Printing) Mistake?

Every Lag Ba’Omer, thousands of Chassidim and others travel to Meron to the grave of R’ Shimon Bar Yochai to celebrate his death. The only problem is, we have never heard of someone celebrating the death of a person! The Chasam Sofer reportedly even once asked, “Since when is it that the day a tzaddik dies is a holiday?”

Apparently it’s all based on a misprint from something the Ari”ZL wrote. It was the Ari’s practice to visit R’ Shimon Bar Yochai’s grave, since it has been common practice to visit the graves of Tzaddikim for centuries. Now, when R’ Chaim Vital recorded the Ari”ZL’s writings, he kept them private.

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