Why Do Orthodox Jews Flock to the Mt. Meron Tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai?

At least 45 people were crushed to death at Lag Ba'Omer disaster overnight Thursday in northern Israel

Judy Maltz
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Judy Maltz

The catastrophe at Mount Meron in northern Israel took place during the annual hillula – a celebration marking the anniversary of the death of a famous sage – for Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai. Also known as the Rashbi, Rabbi Shimon is believed to have died on the Jewish holiday of Lag b’Omer.

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