September 13th 2010
Mount Meron is the second tallest mountain in Israel (1,209 meters) and the largest nature reserve in the Galilee. Trek up to the peak of Mount Meron for an amazing view of Tzfat and the surrounding areas, perfect for sunsets. The town of Meron is located on the slopes of the mountain, right next to the holy site of the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, author of the Zohar, a seminal kabalistic work. Visit Meron on Lag B’Omer, the anniversary of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai’s death, and you’ll encounter hundreds of thousands of religious Jews on pilgrimage to the tomb, camping out, praying, and celebrating. During the rest of the year, Meron is a rather quiet, quaint village.