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News and updates about Meron

Meron disaster: 'Leave just one bonfire lighting on Mt. Meron'

Committee for investigation of Meron disaster meets for third day of testimony hearings.

Meron disaster: 'Leave just one bonfire lighting on Mt. Meron'

Meron disaster inquiry gets underway

State Commission of Inquiry to begin hearing evidence, calling witnesses in Israel's worst ever civilian disaster.

Meron disaster inquiry gets underway

Cabinet approves commission of inquiry into Meron disaster

Cabinet approves proposal put forward by Gantz and Liberman to launch a formal commission of inquiry into the Mount Meron disaster.

Cabinet approves commission of inquiry into Meron disaster

Meron: Rashbi's grave to close to visitors

Gravesite of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai temporarily closes to visitors following Fire and Rescue Service's refusal to approve event.

Meron: Rashbi's grave to close to visitors

A transfer was made to the families after the Meron tragedy

Over a million dollars have already been donated to families by Kupat Ha'ir

A transfer was made to the families after the Meron tragedy

Pope Francis mourns Meron victims

Pope Francis expresses his “closeness” to the people of Israel in the wake of the deadly Lag b’Omer catastrophe at Mount Meron.

Pope Francis mourns Meron victims

MK Gafni: Why didn't the government act before it was too late?

"There was no way so many people could converge on such a small place without a tragedy occurring."

MK Gafni: Why didn't the government act before it was too late?

Flags lowered to half-mast on day of mourning

Knesset, President's Residence lower flags to half-mast in mourning for 45 who perished at Meron.

Flags lowered to half-mast on day of mourning

Female soldiers attacked while helping Meron victims

Soldiers continue to evacuate wounded despite verbal, physical abuse at site where 45 died on Mt. Meron.

Female soldiers attacked while helping Meron victims

Haredi journalist warned of danger - and is beating his chest

Aryeh Ehrlich tweeted in 2018 about the dangerous bottleneck in Meron - and now blames himself for not doing more to prevent tragedy.

Haredi journalist warned of danger - and is beating his chest

Meron: Condolences from around the world

The world's embassies send their thoughts and prayers to the people injured in Meron.

Meron: Condolences from around the world

Meron tragedy aftermath: Coping with trauma

When, G-d forbid,disaster strikes, in addition to prayer, mourning and shock, there are coping strategies. Op-ed.

Meron tragedy aftermath: Coping with trauma

44 people killed in huge crowd crush in Meron

At least 44 killed, dozens more injured in mass crowd crush during Lag Ba'Omer celebrations in Meron.

44 people killed in huge crowd crush in Meron

Police spokesperson: Incident is under investigation

Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai arrives at Meron following mass stampede, police launch investigation.

Police spokesperson: Incident is under investigation

'One of Israel's worst disasters. People were crushed to death'

Dov Maisel, Director of Operations at United Hatzalah, on Meron tragedy: One of Israel’s worst disasters, I have no words.

'One of Israel's worst disasters. People were crushed to death'

Documentation of disaster in Meron

Watch: Moment of tragedy during Lag Ba'Omer celebrations in Meron.

Documentation of disaster in Meron

'We all pray for the healing of the victims'

Israeli leaders respond to the tragedy during Lag Ba’Omer celebrations in Meron, in which 50 people were injured.

'We all pray for the healing of the victims'

Watch: Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu at Meron gathering

Tzfat Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu speaks at mass gathering in Meron for Lag Ba'Omer.

Watch: Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu at Meron gathering

Arabs and Jews celebrate Lag Ba'Omer, Ramadan together in Dubai

Arabs from the United Arab Emirates and Israeli Jews celebrated Ramadan and Lag Ba'Omer together at a special ceremony in Dubai

Arabs and Jews celebrate Lag Ba'Omer, Ramadan together in Dubai

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Hundreds of thousands at Meron for Lag Ba'omer

Clashes between visitors to Meron and security forces ahead of mass Lag Ba'omer celebrations; two are arrested.

Hundreds of thousands at Meron for Lag Ba'omer

Participate in the Hillullah of the Rashbi

And anyone who was there . . . his soul and his entire being were enthralled in the experience and yearn to once again see this great sight.

Participate in the Hillullah of the Rashbi

Chief rabbi urges: Come to Meron early, leave for home early

Rabbi David Lau, Chief Rabbi of Israel, calls on public to leave Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's gravesite early on Friday.

Chief rabbi urges: Come to Meron early, leave for home early

Rabbis: 'Traveling to Meron? Not on Friday'

Rabbinic council calls on Lag Ba'omer pilgrims to arrive in Meron Thursday evening, leave early Friday morning, to avoid Shabbat descration.

Rabbis: 'Traveling to Meron? Not on Friday'

Ahead of Lag Ba'omer, PM Netanyahu meets haredi MKs

Police have not yet been issued updates on restrictions on gatherings in Meron over Lag Ba'omer, UTJ MKs say.

Ahead of Lag Ba'omer, PM Netanyahu meets haredi MKs

United Hatzalah completes emergency preparations for Lag Ba'omer

United Hatzalah completes preparations for safeguarding Lag Ba'omer event at Meron.

United Hatzalah completes emergency preparations for Lag Ba'omer

Inspectors attacked at Har Meron nature reserve

Officials posting court orders on illegal structures built on nature reserve attacked, pelted with stones.

Inspectors attacked at Har Meron nature reserve

Hundreds of extremists break into Meron after Lag B'Omer

Extremists wait for police presence at Rashbi's tomb to begin to be reduced to break into holy site at end of Lag B'Omer.

Hundreds of extremists break into Meron after Lag B'Omer

Free Prayers in Meron through Yad L'Achim on Lag B'Omer

Have your names submitted for tefillah in Meron on the holy day of Lag B’Omer.

Free Prayers in Meron through Yad L'Achim on Lag B'Omer

Religious Services Minister calls Meron policing 'excessive'

Minister Vaknin tells Arutz Sheva of grief and pain due to diminished Rashbi hilula celebration, criticizing police handling of incident.

Religious Services Minister calls Meron policing 'excessive'

Watch: Police block roads to Meron

Police begin extensive enforcement operation to prevent banned gathering at Rashbi tomb in Meron during pandemic.

Watch: Police block roads to Meron

MDA forces deployed in Meron

Magen David Adom teams will arrive with two buses, ambulances, intensive care vehicles, command vehicles and other emergency vehicles.

MDA forces deployed in Meron

'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.

'Those who do not value Meron should not preach morality'

Lag Ba'Omer in Meron:

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.

Religious Zionism completes bonfire preparations

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.

Fines, checkpoints and arrests on road to Meron

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.

Meron residents ask government to permit Lag Ba'omer rentals

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.

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

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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 behalf

Can't make it to Meron this year? Send Alei Siach your names

Strict Lag B'Omer restrictions

By Health Ministry and NSC recommendation, bonfires across country, except for three major centers, is banned.

Strict Lag B'Omer restrictions

Prayer for Coronavirus victims at Rashbi's Tomb

Prayer held at tomb of Talmudic sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in Meron.

Prayer for Coronavirus victims at Rashbi's Tomb

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.

Watch: Lag Ba'omer celebrations in Meron

Meron: Ancient synagogue vandalized

Vandals spray-paint red warnings on wall of 2,000-year-old synagogue near tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.

Meron: Ancient synagogue vandalized

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu got it right on sexual abuse

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu got it right on sexual abuse

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.

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

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.

Watch: Lag Ba'omer celebrations continue in Meron

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu warns Rabbi Berland

Tzfat Chief Rabbi says lighting of bonfire on Mt. Meron by rabbi convicted of sexual assault an "abomination."

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu warns Rabbi Berland

Live: Lag B'Omer celebrations in Meron

Tens of thousands celebrate Jewish holiday near tomb of Tannaic sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

Live: Lag B'Omer celebrations in Meron

Great-grandson of Gerrer Rebbe killed in traffic accident

1 killed, six injured when car carrying haredi students overturns on way back from Meron.

Great-grandson of Gerrer Rebbe killed in traffic accident

'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.'

'Tourism and holiness do not go hand in hand'

The fire and bow of Rabbi Simeon bar Yochai

The fire and bow of Rabbi Simeon bar Yochai

Parents protest Lag Baomer vacation change

Parents cancel school, petition High Court in protest of Sunday's Lag Baomer vacation being moved to Monday.

Parents protest Lag Baomer vacation change

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.

Tens of thousands spent Shabbat 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.

600 Missing buses threaten  to jam up Lag BaOmer in Meron

'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.

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

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.

Finance Minister works to aid Meron visitors

'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.

'Worshipers were threatened with stabbing'

Coming soon: Train line to Meron

New train will provide travelers an alternative route to popular pilgrimage site.

Coming soon: Train line to Meron

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."

Prayer campaign to help Sara Netanyahu

Watch: Lag Ba'Omer celebration showcases Jewish unity

Jewish Americans say Meron bonfire is the "craziest" they've ever seen.

Watch: Lag Ba'Omer celebration showcases Jewish unity

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.

Watch: Masses flock to Meron for Lag Ba'Omer Hilula

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.

Uproar over men-only road to Meron