Rebbe Meir Baal Haness, Tveria - Yahrtzeit, 14th of Iyar
Rabbi Meir’s nickname, Ba'al Haness, means “miracle worker” and comes from a Talmudic story describing how he saved his sister-in-law from the clutches of the Romans by a combination of subterfuge and uttering a single prayer: “God of Meir – answer me.”
Jews have been coming to Rabbi Meir’s tomb at least since the thirteenth century, and over the years the blue-domed building, became a special place to pray for healing or other divine intervention. Rabbi Meir’s wife was Bruria, who is mentioned in the Talmud as being learned in Torah.
For centuries, Jews throughout the world have given charity in honor of Rebbe Meir Baal Haness.