Religious Services Minister Yitzchak Vaknin calls Meron police operation 'excessive'

Religious Services Minister Yitzchak Vaknin calls Meron police operation 'excessive'

Minister Vaknin tells Arutz Sheva of grief and pain due to diminished Rashbi hilula celebration, criticizing police handling of incident.Hezki Baruch - Meron, 5/11/2020, 9:40 PM
Watch: Police block roads to Meron

Watch: Police block roads to Meron

Police begin extensive enforcement operation to prevent banned gathering at Rashbi tomb in Meron during pandemic.Mordechai Sones, 5/11/2020, 6:10 PM
MDA forces deployed in Meron for Lag B'Omer

MDA forces deployed in Meron for Lag B'Omer

Magen David Adom teams will arrive with two buses, ambulances, intensive care vehicles, command vehicles and other emergency vehicles.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/11/2020, 5:16 PM
MK Eichler to Gafni: Those who do not value Meron should not preach morality

MK Eichler to Gafni: Those who do not value Meron should not preach morality

UTJ MK criticizes fellow party member for calling for MKs not to visit Meron on Lag B'Omer this year.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/11/2020, 4:27 PM
Religious Zionism completes bonfire preparations

Religious Zionism completes bonfire preparations

This year due to pandemic there will be limited number of bonfires with only 50 participants; Lighting to be broadcast live on Arutz Sheva.Yoni Kempinski, 5/11/2020, 4:11 PM
Fines, checkpoints and arrests on road to Meron

Fines, checkpoints and arrests on road to Meron

2,000 police officers deployed to prevent mass Lag B'Omer gathering at Meron amid coronavirus concerns. Only 3 bonfires to be allowed.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/10/2020, 10:25 AM
Meron residents ask government to permit Lag Ba'omer rentals

Meron residents ask government to permit Lag Ba'omer rentals

Residents of northern town where Lag Ba'omer celebrations are traditionally held ask government to cancel COVID-19 restrictions on rentals.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/8/2020, 2:18 PM
MDA preparing for this year's limited Lag BaOmer events at Meron

MDA preparing for this year's limited Lag BaOmer events at Meron

Amid coronavirus pandemic, medical teams preparing for scaled-down festivities at Meron in northern Israel.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/7/2020, 3:16 PM
Can't Make It To Meron This Year? Send Alei Siach your names

Can't Make It To Meron This Year? Send Alei Siach your names

Every year thousands come from all over the world to Meron. This year however is different. Alei Siach will pray on your behalfSponsored by Alei Siach, 5/5/2020, 10:04 PM
Strict Lag B'Omer restrictions

Strict Lag B'Omer restrictions

By Health Ministry and NSC recommendation, bonfires across country, except for three major centers, is banned.Mordechai Sones, 4/30/2020, 9:11 AM
Prayer for Coronavirus victims at Rashbi's Tomb

Prayer for Coronavirus victims at Rashbi's Tomb

Prayer held at tomb of Talmudic sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in Meron., 3/9/2020, 4:24 PM
Watch: Lag Ba'omer celebrations in Meron

Watch: Lag Ba'omer celebrations in Meron

Tens of thousands arrive at burial place of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai for Lag Ba'omer torch-lighting and celebration.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/22/2019, 7:33 PM
Meron: Ancient synagogue vandalized

Meron: Ancient synagogue vandalized

Vandals spray-paint red warnings on wall of 2,000-year-old synagogue near tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/4/2019, 1:00 PM
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu got it right on sexual abuse

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu got it right on sexual abuse

It would have been a travesty of Jewish ethics had convicted predator "Rabbi" Eliezer Berland been able to make a grand entrance to the Meron Lag Ba'Omer festivities. Tzvi Lev, 5/4/2018, 12:24 PM
Rabbi Eliyahu says to 'keep away from Berland like fire'

Rabbi Eliyahu says to 'keep away from Berland like fire'

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu explains why he banned convicted sexual offender Rabbi Eliezer Berland from attending Lag Baomer celebration in Meron.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/3/2018, 3:21 PM
Watch: Lag Ba'omer celebrations continue in Meron

Watch: Lag Ba'omer celebrations continue in Meron

Hundreds of thousands celebrate at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, as Lag Ba'omer festivities continue this morning.Yoni Kempinski, Meron, 5/3/2018, 11:01 AM
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu warns Rabbi Berland

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu warns Rabbi Berland

Tzfat Chief Rabbi says lighting of bonfire on Mt. Meron by rabbi convicted of sexual assault an "abomination."Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/2/2018, 8:51 PM
Live: Lag B'Omer celebrations in Meron

Live: Lag B'Omer celebrations in Meron

Tens of thousands celebrate Jewish holiday near tomb of Tannaic sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, 5/2/2018, 7:19 PM
Great-grandson of Gerrer Rebbe killed in traffic accident

Great-grandson of Gerrer Rebbe killed in traffic accident

1 killed, six injured when car carrying haredi students overturns on way back from Meron.Gary Willig, 4/13/2018, 10:03 AM
'Tourism and holiness do not go hand in hand'

'Tourism and holiness do not go hand in hand'

Members of Knesset Internal Affairs Committee visit Meron, say Zohar author's tomb has 'fallen between the cracks.'Haim Lev, 7/31/2017, 11:26 AM
The fire and bow of Rabbi Simeon bar Yochai

The fire and bow of Rabbi Simeon bar Yochai

The fire stays lit and the arrows fly true in the hearts of Jewish soldiers and Torah scholars. Former MK Yaakov Katz, 5/22/2017, 11:34 PM
Parents protest Lag Baomer vacation change

Parents protest Lag Baomer vacation change

Parents cancel school, petition High Court in protest of Sunday's Lag Baomer vacation being moved to Monday.Chana Roberts, 5/14/2017, 8:23 AM
Tens of thousands spent Shabbat in Meron

Tens of thousands spent Shabbat in Meron

50,000 people spend Shabbat prior to Lag Baomer in tents in Meron, Magen David Adom and United Hatzalah prepare for any possible emergency.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/13/2017, 9:20 PM
600 Missing buses threaten  to jam up Lag BaOmer in Meron

600 Missing buses threaten to jam up Lag BaOmer in Meron

It's complicated, but because of the official intention to "keep the Sabbath holy," buses will be in short supply on Sunday.Hillel Fendel, 5/9/2017, 8:27 PM
'Haredim are not disciplined, they do what they want'

'Haredim are not disciplined, they do what they want'

Northern police rabbi says haredi community can't have it both ways, haredi community forces police to desecrate Shabbat against their will.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/26/2017, 10:47 AM
Finance Minister works to aid Meron visitors

Finance Minister works to aid Meron visitors

Finance Minister says Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's gravesite 'close to his heart,' promises to do everything he can to aid site's visitors.Michal Levi, 3/25/2017, 11:43 PM
'Worshipers were threatened with stabbing'

'Worshipers were threatened with stabbing'

In letter, MK Eliezer Moses describes intolerable violent atmosphere caused by bands of thugs at site of Rabbi's grave in Meron.Haim Lev, 7/29/2016, 7:54 AM
Coming soon: Train line to Meron

Coming soon: Train line to Meron

New train will provide travelers an alternative route to popular pilgrimage site.David Rosenberg, 7/19/2016, 4:36 PM
Prayer campaign to help Sara Netanyahu

Prayer campaign to help Sara Netanyahu

Likud activist Lior Harari initiates prayer campaign to support Prime Minister's wife "as she is attacked in the media."Michal Levy, 7/8/2016, 10:13 AM
Watch: Lag Ba'Omer celebration shows Jewish unity

Watch: Lag Ba'Omer celebration shows Jewish unity

Jewish Americans say Meron bonfire is the "craziest" they've ever seen.Eliran Aharon, 5/26/2016, 5:42 AM
Watch: Masses at Meron for Lag Ba'Omer Hilula

Watch: Masses at Meron for Lag Ba'Omer Hilula

Traditional bonfire celebration run by Boyan hassidic sect draws hundreds of thousands. Arutz Sheva is at the scene.Arutz Sheva staff, 5/25/2016, 8:03 PM
Uproar over men-only road to Meron

Uproar over men-only road to Meron

Lag Ba'Omer 'Hilula' celebration has two roads - one for men and one for women - despite anti-segregation laws.Tova Dvorin, 5/25/2016, 5:17 PM
Watch: The Spiritual 'Baton' From Moses to Rashbi

Watch: The Spiritual 'Baton' From Moses to Rashbi

Rabbi Lazer Brody explains who Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai - whose grave in Meron is visited by masses on Lag B'Omer - really was.Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar, 5/8/2015, 1:16 AM
170 Treated at Meron Lag B'Omer Celebration

170 Treated at Meron Lag B'Omer Celebration

MDA says hundreds were hurt or dehydrated in massive crowds and bonfires, both at Meron and nationwide.Ari Yashar, 5/7/2015, 8:43 PM
Non-Jews Harassed Jewish Women Praying in Meron

Non-Jews Harassed Jewish Women Praying in Meron

Lehava anti-assimilation group describes how it stopped ushers harassing Jewish women at Rashbi's tomb on Lag B'Omer.Chaim Lev, Ari Yashar, 5/7/2015, 5:53 PM
Watch: Over Half-a-Million People and No Wounds?

Watch: Over Half-a-Million People and No Wounds?

Police Superintendent Micky Rosenfeld outlines the huge efforts to ensure safety at Meron on Lag B'Omer.Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar, 5/7/2015, 5:19 PM
Watch: Lag B'Omer Celebrations Continue in Meron

Watch: Lag B'Omer Celebrations Continue in Meron

Jewish celebration continues at tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in Meron. Watch it live at Arutz Sheva.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/7/2015, 1:23 PM
Aharonovich: Lag B'Omer Is My Last 'Mission'

Aharonovich: Lag B'Omer Is My Last 'Mission'

For Yitzhak Aharonovich, the journey to Meron Wednesday night - his last in an official capacity - was a very emotional one.Moshe Cohen, 5/7/2015, 8:39 AM
Tens of Thousands Celebrate Lag B'Omer in Meron

Tens of Thousands Celebrate Lag B'Omer in Meron

Largest annual Jewish celebration begins at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Watch it happen live on Arutz Sheva.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/6/2015, 7:38 PM
Lag B'Omer in Meron: Helicopters and Zeppelin

Lag B'Omer in Meron: Helicopters and Zeppelin

Massive police preparations ahead of Lag B'Omer festivities at the grave of Rashbi, where tens of thousands will light bonfires.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/6/2015, 7:55 AM
Police Prepare for Crowds in Meron on Lag Ba'Omer

Police Prepare for Crowds in Meron on Lag Ba'Omer

Tens of thousands expected to attend traditional 'hillula' celebration - and police are ready to battle congestion.Hezki Baruch and Tova Dvorin, 4/29/2015, 4:54 PM
An 'Upsherin' for the Son of an SLA Soldier

An 'Upsherin' for the Son of an SLA Soldier

David, 3, undergoes ritual hair-cutting ceremony in Meron - in culmination of a family's rescue from abuse.Haim Lev, 5/21/2014, 9:38 PM
MDA, Rescue Workers Treat Over 600 at Meron

MDA, Rescue Workers Treat Over 600 at Meron

For Magen David Adom and other rescue workers, Lag Ba'omer is one of the busiest days of the year, and this year was no differentYaakov Levi, 5/18/2014, 8:47 PM
Rabbi David Yosef Slams Meron Events

Rabbi David Yosef Slams Meron Events

Respected Jerusalem rabbi sharply criticized organizers of the Lag Ba'omer celebrations, for causing mass Sabbath violationsMoshe Cohen, 5/18/2014, 4:51 PM
Shabbat, 'No Drive Zone' Keep Crowds Out of Meron

Shabbat, 'No Drive Zone' Keep Crowds Out of Meron

There were far fewer celebrants at Meron this year for Lag Ba'omer celebrations - about half as many as usual, participants said.Yosef Berger, 5/18/2014, 3:48 PM
Meron: 300 People Treated by MDA

Meron: 300 People Treated by MDA

Medical teams still stationed in Meron to treat additional injuries after hundreds treated at crowded bonfire site.Avi Yogev, 5/18/2014, 8:24 AM
In Pictures: Celebrating Lag Ba'omer in Meron

In Pictures: Celebrating Lag Ba'omer in Meron

Festivities kick off in the northern Israeli city of Meron as pilgrims flock to the Tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/18/2014, 3:09 AM
Thousands on Their Way to Meron for Lag Ba'omer

Thousands on Their Way to Meron for Lag Ba'omer

The annual festivities at the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in the north are ready to kick off, as police and medics prepare.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/17/2014, 8:47 PM
Lag Ba'Omer: Rashbi Returns

Lag Ba'Omer: Rashbi Returns

Rashbi, the central figure of Lag Ba'omer celebrations, was on a higher plane than ordinary humans.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 5/17/2014, 10:10 AM
Low Turnout for Meron Lag Ba'omer Celebrations?

Low Turnout for Meron Lag Ba'omer Celebrations?

Officials in Meron cite transportation restrictions as a factor; city already overcrowded several days before event.Benny Toker, 5/16/2014, 4:01 PM
Aharonovich: Hareidi Enlistment in Under a Month

Aharonovich: Hareidi Enlistment in Under a Month

Minister of Internal Security anticipates fast decision on hareidi enlistment, calls for Arab service as well.Maayana Miskin, 5/1/2013, 1:00 PM
Hareidi Media Calls for Inquiry into Meron Crisis

Hareidi Media Calls for Inquiry into Meron Crisis

Hareidi media calls for inquiry over organizational failures that left tens of thousands stranded.Maayana Miskin, 4/29/2013, 2:27 PM
Visitors: Meron a Disaster Zone

Visitors: Meron a Disaster Zone

Meron: Tens of thousands wait anxiously for buses in the heat, visitors label coordination at site ‘a catastrophe’ Maayana Miskin, 4/28/2013, 2:07 PM
200,000 Celebrate in Meron

200,000 Celebrate in Meron

Pictures of Saturday night’s all-night celebration in Meron., 4/28/2013, 10:54 AM
Thousands Trapped in Meron

Thousands Trapped in Meron

Thousands who spent the night cannot get home due to what they term police organizational failures.Maayana Miskin, 4/28/2013, 9:46 AM
MDA Preparing Ahead for Lag Ba”Omer at Meron

MDA Preparing Ahead for Lag Ba”Omer at Meron

Magen David Adom is already making preparations for the massive influx of Jews expected for Lag Ba'Omer at Meron.Chana Ya'ar, 4/15/2013, 8:17 PM
Masses of Israelis Celebrate Lag Ba'Omer in Meron

Masses of Israelis Celebrate Lag Ba'Omer in Meron

Police have deployed 1,200 officers as the masses flock to the tomb of R' Shimon Bar YochaiGabe Kahn, 5/9/2012, 8:31 PM