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 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

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

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

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

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'

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 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 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

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

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'

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 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'

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

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

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 showcases Jewish unity

Jewish Americans say Meron bonfire is the "craziest" they've ever seen.Eliran Aharon, 5/26/2016, 5:42 AM

Watch: Masses flock to 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

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

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 Require Treatment at Meron Lag B'Omer Celebrations

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-Jewish Staff 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, Bonfires, and No Casualties?

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 Live: 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: Proud That Lag B'Omer Was 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

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: 1000s of Officers, 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

5,000 Policemen, 3,400 Buses Expected 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 Lebanese 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

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 Over Sabbath Violations

Respected Jerusalem rabbi sharply criticized organizers of the Lag Ba'omer celebrations, for causing mass Sabbath violationsMoshe Cohen, 5/18/2014, 4:51 PM

Late Shabbat and '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

Over 300 People Treated for Medical Injuries in Meron

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

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

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

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

Lower Turnout Expected 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

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 over organizational failures that left tens of thousands stranded.Maayana Miskin, 4/29/2013, 2:27 PM

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

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

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

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

Video:Tens of Thousands 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

A Call for Ecological and Spiritual Lag B’Omer

Rabbis and environmentalists urge Jews to focus on the meaning of Lag B’Omer instead of dangerous bonfires that cause pollution. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 5/9/2012, 8:20 AM

Hundreds of Thousands in Meron

Watch hundreds of thousands in Meron at the Hilula (memorial) of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.Maayana Miskin, 5/20/2011, 2:53 PM

Rabbis: Go to Meron for Lag BaOmer Day, Not Evening

Chief Rabbis call on Lag BaOmer visitors to Meron to postpone until Sunday so workers preparing the site won't desecrate Sabbath.Chana Ya'ar, 5/12/2011, 10:31 AM

Hundreds of Thousands Celebrate Lag Ba'Omer in Meron

Hundreds of thousands in the Galilean city of Meron to celebrate the mystical teachings of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.Malkah Fleisher, 5/2/2010, 2:54 PM

Education Ministry: 'Don't Start Bonfires on Saturday'

The Rabbinate and Education Ministry asked Israelis not to prepare for the Lag BaOmer bonfires on Saturday so as not to desecrate the Sabbath.Hana Levi Julian, 4/29/2010, 2:23 PM