Category: Places

Israel Guide: Ein Gedi

Right near the Dead Sea is the beautiful oasis of Ein Gedi, mentioned in Shir Ha’Shirim. This is the place where Dovid Ha’melech hid from Shaul Ha’melech.King Shaul along with an army of 3,000 men gave chase to Dovid, who…

Israel Guide: Birchot Meshushim

One of the most magnificent places is Birchat Meshushim-the Hexagon Pool which combines magnificent six-sided cliffs with refreshingly chill waters . As you approach the water you will see brightly colored oleander, wild raspberry bushes, willow trees and Syrian ash.…

Israel Guide: Banyas Waterfalls

Another beautiful place to visit, which is very close by, is the Banyas, sometimes called the Panyas. The upper part of the Banyas begins in a cave which the Gemarah says is the very beginning of the Yarden river. In…

Israel Guide: Ari Ha’kodosh

The Ari Ha’kodosh, Rabbeinu Yitzchok Luria, was born in the year 1534 in the old city of Yerushalayim. The name Ari is an acronym for Eloki Rabbi Yitzchak. Others say it stood for Lion, for he was the lion of…

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…

R’ Yochanan Ben Zakkai

Rebbi Yochanan ben Zakkai was born approximately 110 years before the destruction of the second Bais Ha’mikdosh. He saw it in its great beauty and, unfortunately, witnessed its destruction. He lived to the ripe old age of 120 years, spending…

R’ Meir Ba’al Ha’nes

His Life The gemorah tells us (Gittin 56) that when the Roman Caesar Nero led his army into battle against Yerushalayim he wanted to determine if he would be successful in destroying her. He therefore shot arrows in all four…

R’ Yosef Karo

Rabbi Yosef Karo was born in Toledo, Spain in the year 1488. In the year 1492, when he was only four years old he was forced to flee Spain with his family and the many other thousands of Jews that…

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…