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Yisrael Rutman

On the eve of the huge, annual gathering on Lag B’omer at Meron in Eretz Yisrael, Jr. asks the question that everybody asks every year and nobody ever seems to have the answer to: How many people were there? And while we’re talking about that big crowd, we have some questions — and answers — about some other big crowds, too.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Meron The biggest annual gathering of Jews in the world isn’t where you might expect it to be, like the Kosel, or the center of a major city, or a large stadium. Instead, it’s in a little village in the north of Israel called Meron, about 15 miles northwest of Tzfas. Why there? Because that is where Rabi Shimon bar Yochai (1st century CE), author of the Zohar, is buried. Jews visit Meron year-round to daven at his kever and those of other sages in the area, and to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. But on Lag B’omer, hundreds of thousands stream to Meron to commemorate Rabi Shimon’s yahrtzeit. For on the day he departed this world, he revealed to his disciples the mysteries of the Zohar, part of our sacred heritage ever since.

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