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The practice of praying at the grave-site of the Tzaddik is an ancient Jewish concept and custom. We see in the Torah that Jacob buried Rachel on the road outside of Beit Lechem because he saw with prophesy that when the Jews would be exiled to Babylon, they would pass that spot and have the opportunity to pray there, and in the merit of the Matriarch Rachel, Hashem would promise to bring the Jews back from exile.

As part of an ancient custom, Jews from all over the world travel to the grave-site of Rebbe Shimon bar Yochai in Meron and the other tzadikim in Tzfat and the Gallali.

The visitors give charity and utter heartfelt prayers on the spot, drawing on the reserve of holiness and power etched in the stone and vested in the earth surrounding the resting.


Every day millions of Jews worldwide open their prayer books (sidurim) to pray. Looking beyond one’s proficiency in the language, the prayer structure and the outstanding beauty of the prayers themselves, what exactly are people praying for? What should people be praying for?

You can dedicate your contribution in memory of a loved one and have Mishnayos learned on their Yahrtzeit, on the date you specify

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