A Guide to Israel
and its Holy sites
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
Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai and his son
Rebbe Elazar. There are also the kevorim of Hillel and Shamai, as well as their students.
Up to the right is the burial place of Rebbe Yochanan Ha'sandler.
Here one can also see the remains of one of the oldest shuls in the
country. It dates back to the time of the 2nd Bet Ha'mikdosh. It has three entrance
gates all facing in the direction of Yerushalayim.
Thousands of people come here on the 33rd day of the Omer where
they celebrate the Hilulah of Rebbi Shimon.
They sing, dance, light bonfires, feast and study here. Many have the custom to give their
three year old boys their first haircut at this holy spot.