Celebration in Meron
Celebration in Meron Elishama Sandman

An estimated 200,000 people took part in an all-night celebration in Meron on Saturday night. They danced, sang, prayed and learned Torah in celebration of the holiday of Lag BaOmer, which marks the death of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.

The town of Meron is home to the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (Rashbi), a first-century sage in ancient Israel who authored the Zohar, the primary source for Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism).