Tents for those attending the event
Photo: Hagai Aharon
A peek at Mt Meron annual celebration
Hundreds of thousands gather near Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai’s tomb in Mt Meron to celebrate anniversary of his death

Each Lag Ba’omer, nearly 250,000 people from all across Israel gather at Mount Meron to celebrate the anniversary of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yoachai’s death at his tomb.


On Saturday evening, the traditional Hilulah was opened at the Meron and attended by tens of thousands of people. By Sunday afternoon, police estimated that the number grew to several hundred thousands.


Rabbi Bar Yochai is attributed with the authorship of the Zohar, one of the holiest books to Jews.


The belief in the powers of Rabbi Shimon has been growing over the years, and sociologists and theologists from across the world arrive at the site each year on Lag Ba’omer to experience the unique phenomenon, which is almost exclusive in the field of religion studied.  


The Admor of Boyan opens the celebrations

Everybody dance now

Reading Psalms into the night

A leap of faith  

Waiting to enter  

Lighting fires

Watching from above  

Time for the chalake

Breslovs are here


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