Meron is not a largely urbanized region, but it never lacks for visitors. As part of an ancient custom, Jews from all walks of life come throughout the year to the gravesite of Rebbe Shimon bar Yochai a.k.a. “The Rashbi” whose teachings comprise the text of the primary Kabala sourcebook, the Zohar.
To add a taste of the region’s natural beauty to your visit, take the road branching off the main road from Meron northwest, to the summit of 3,000-foot-high, forested Mount Meron, where an hour-long loop trail reveals wonderful vistas.
Near the tomb of Rebbe Shimon Bar Yochai in Meron are other tombs, including the rock-cut tomb of Rebbe Hillel and his disciples and, on the far side of the valley, the tomb of Rabbi Shammai.
Both men founded Mishnah schools in the first century, Hillel teaching a liberal doctrine, Shammai a rigidly orthodox one.
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