Category: Lag B’Omer

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…

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…

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’ 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…

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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