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The Tomb of Rabbi Meir

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The Tomb of Rabbi Meir

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Basic Information

Location Tiberias, Israel
Phone number 1-800-300-508
Country Israel
City Tiberias

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 32.79586,35.53097


Summary

Rabbi Meir’s nickname, Ba'al Haness, means “miracle worker” and comes from a Talmudic story describing how he saved his sister-in-law from the clutches of the Romans by a combination of subterfuge and uttering a single prayer: “God of Meir – answer me.”

General

For centuries, Jews throughout the world have given charity in honor of Rabbi Meir. You can find people praying here at any time of year, and celebrating the first haircut of three-year-old boys and other happy occasions. Celebrations reach their height on the anniversary of Rabbi Meir’s death, on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Iyar, a month after Passover eve, when thousands flock to the tomb.


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