The tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, traditional author of the kabalistic work, the Zohar, is on Mount Meron near Safed. Hundreds of thousands of people stream there on Lag Baomer in the spring to mark his death date. Tradition says that while hiding for years from the Romans in the cave, Rabbi Shimon and his son were nourished by a carob tree and a miraculous spring. A path leads from the tomb to the spring and the cave, also known as the Cave of Rabbi Hillel.
photographer: Ayelet lev -ary shelly.