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Live: Memorial for Meron disaster victims

Special memorial service held for 45 victims of last year's Meron disaster.

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Watch: Lighting candles in memory of Meron victims

45 candles lit on Mount Meron in memory of victims of last year's tragedy during Lag Ba'omer celebrations.

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Insurance companies won't cover Lag Ba'omer events

Following disaster last year, insurance companies in Israel & abroad refuse to cover Lag Ba'omer events at Mount Meron and other locations.

Insurance companies won't cover Lag Ba'omer events

United Hatzalah gearing up for Meron pilgrimage

United Hatzalah completes preparations for providing medical security to the pilgrims of Meron.

United Hatzalah gearing up for Meron pilgrimage

Twenty rabbis beg: Follow instructions

Ahead of Lag Ba'omer holiday, twenty haredi rabbis urge public to avoid conflicts, follow rules set by Meron organizers.

Twenty rabbis beg: Follow instructions

Chief Rabbi: Obey instructions at Meron

Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau says following last year's deadly disaster, visitors to Meron should obey all security instructions.

Chief Rabbi: Obey instructions at Meron

Medics recount Meron disaster: 'Screams for help in one ear, deathly silence in the other'

One year later, first responders recount the life-changing moments of the Meron disaster.

'Screams for help in one ear, and deathly silence in the other'

Bnei Akiva completes 45 tractates honoring victims of last year's disaster in Meron

Bnei Akiva Movement initiates global project to complete 45 tractates of Mishna by Lag Ba'omer, honoring last year's victims.

Bnei Akiva completes 45 tractates honoring last year's victims

A year later: Knesset committee approves compensation package for Meron disaster victims

NIS 500 thousand to be transferred to each family once government authorizes legislation.

Knesset committee approves compensation for Meron victims

No Religious-Zionist bonfire lighting to be held in Meron this year

Just one bonfire permitted this year after last year's terrible tragedy.

No Religious-Zionist bonfire in Meron this year

Police official on Lag Ba'omer event: 'We're stretched to the limit'

'We'll know about every bus that leaves & comes, we'll prevent those who shouldn't be there from reaching Mt. Meron,' police official says.

Police official on Lag Ba'omer: 'We're stretched to the limit'

Entry to Meron on Lag Ba'omer to be by travel ticket only

Those wishing to visit Meron on Lag Ba'omer will need to pre-register, limit time spent at the site.

Entry to Meron on Lag Ba'omer to be by travel ticket only

In Meron, hope for things to turn out differently this year

Less than two months to Lag Ba'omer: Mount Meron looks completely different; the structures were demolished & the area has been cleared out.

In Meron, hope for things to turn out differently this year

Buildings at gravesite of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai demolished

Following court ruling, State demolishes illegal buildings at site of mass casualty stampede.

Buildings at gravesite of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai demolished

Police chief to deny police culpability in Meron disaster

Commissioner Shabtai to blame disaster on "engineering failures," says police were "only responsible for keeping order."

Police chief to deny police culpability in Meron disaster

New law to require Lag Ba'omer pilgrims to receive special permit?

Legal memorandum will allow Religious Affairs Minister to permit only one bonfire at gravesite of Rashbi on Mount Meron, report says.

Will Lag Ba'omer pilgrims be required to receive special permit?

Renowned Carlebach hospitality kitchen in Meron to be demolished

Famous hachnassat orchim alleged to be unsafe. Court rules site must be demolished, owners to cover costs.

Renowned hospitality kitchen in Meron to be demolished

Organizer of last year's Meron events to be put in charge again

Decision was made by Religious Affairs Ministry for reasons of "economy & efficiency."

Organizer of last year's Meron events to be put in charge again

Religious Affairs Ministry: 'Documents on Meron tragedy disappeared'

Documents pertaining to Meron disaster 'disappeared into thin air,' Religious Affairs Ministry says. 'We searched every nook and cranny.'

Ministry: 'Documents on Meron tragedy disappeared'

'With better organization, similar numbers can visit Meron on Lag b'Omer'

Government appointee for Meron: "I want to take everyone's opinions into account, understand everyone's customs."

'With better organization, similar numbers can visit Meron'

New plan for Lag Ba'omer in Meron unveiled

Number of visitors limited to 20,000 instead of a half-million, private vehicles will be barred from site.

New plan for Lag Ba'omer in Meron unveiled

Bennett refusing to meet with families of Meron victims

PM's office has been denying, for five months, the request of the families of the victims of the Meron disaster to meet Bennett.

Bennett refusing to meet with families of Meron victims

Liberman, Sa'ar submit plan on aid for families of Meron victims

Finance, Justice Ministers propose providing NIS 500,000 to each family of the 45 victims of the Meron disaster.

Liberman, Sa'ar submit plan on aid for families of Meron victims

Family of Meron disaster victim: Pray for his recovery

Yosef Azriel Reit, who suffered severe injuries in the Meron disaster, undergoes surgery which will hopefully allow him to breathe normally.

Family of Meron disaster victim: Pray for his recovery

Bridge where 45 were crushed in stampede is demolished

Government unit demolishes dangerous and illegal bridge where 45 were killed in stampede last year.

Bridge where 45 were crushed in stampede is demolished

Meron's widow reveals: We're on the verge of collapse

Eight months ago, the entire Jewish people cried with her after her husband perished in a disaster in Meron. Now, the widow is embracing a s

Meron's widow reveals: We're on the verge of collapse

Widow of Meron disaster victim welcomes newborn son

Family of Rabbi Eliezer Mordechai Goldberg welcomes fifth child, eight months after his death.

Widow of Meron disaster victim welcomes newborn son

Will festive Yom Hilula of Baba Sali be canceled?

Every year, tens of thousands of Jews flock to Netivot to the Baba Sali's gravesite. Following the Meron tragedy, many fear a repeat.

Will festive Yom Hilula of Baba Sali be canceled?

Committee: Meron gravesite won't close to visitors

Eli Friend, who runs gravesite of Rashbi in Meron, informs Religious Affairs Ministry of decision to suspend site's closure.

Committee: Meron gravesite won't close to visitors

Gravesite of Rashbi in Meron to close to visitors?

In Meron, Rashbi's gravesite is uninsured & may close. 'Absurd situation, caused by disaster on day the State ran the site,' manager says.

Gravesite of Rashbi in Meron to close to visitors?

'I warned that the Meron celebration would be uncontrollable'

Police officer in charge of licensing, security, says entire Lag Ba'omer event should have been managed by means of ticketing, entry limits.

'I warned that the Meron celebration would be uncontrollable'

Bereaved father: 'I've visited Meron 12 times since the tragedy, & I'll continue to visit'

'I'm paying for therapies for my family totaling 9,000 shekel a month,' says Avigdor Chayut, who lost son Yedidya in Lag Ba'omer tragedy.

Bereaved father: 'I've visited Meron 12 times since the tragedy'

Meron disaster commission submits interim recommendations

PM, Religious Affairs Affairs, and Public Security Ministers vow to make changes after 45 killed in Meron on Lag B'Omer.

Meron disaster commission submits interim recommendations

Family who lost 2 sons in Meron disaster welcomes baby boy

Seven months after a double tragedy on Lag Ba'omer, the bereaved Engelard family welcomes another son.

Family who lost 2 sons in Meron disaster welcomes baby boy

Thousands of visitors arrive each day - and are uninsured

Insurance companies refuse to offer coverage to gravesite of 'Rashbi' in Meron, leaving thousands without coverage in case of injury.

Thousands of visitors arrive each day - and are uninsured

Families of Meron disaster victims haven't received a penny from the government

Government promised to present outline by July, then voted against bill to provide assistance. Since then, nothing has been done.

Families of Meron victims haven't received a penny from gov't

Meron police commandant predicted 'mass-casualty event'

Officer told commission of inquiry how police top brass refused to consider limiting numbers in Meron.

Meron police commandant predicted 'mass-casualty event'

Member of investigative committee: 'Maintain just one bonfire on Mount Meron'

'Every year the gathering grows, the mountain has become too small to hold that number of people,' police superintendent says in testimony.

'Maintain just one bonfire on Mount Meron'

Jewish Agency provides holiday assistance to widows of Meron victims

Donors respond to appeal to help families left without a breadwinner after Meron disaster ahead of Rosh Hashannah.

Jewish Agency provides assistance to widows of Meron victims

Demolition of bleachers on Mount Meron begins

Four months after 45 were killed in a deadly stampede on Mount Meron, workers begin demolishing the bleachers at the site.

Demolition of bleachers on Mount Meron begins