August 23, 2007

The Tales in Meron & Strange Happenings

Filed under: deep reflections — Reb Moshe @ 7:10 am

Everyone always hears about the great stories of Log BeOmer and events in Meron where Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai is burried but what about the strange stories you never hear about. Out of all the places in the world, Meron is up there for its unusual style and people. It is not a large moshav, even the grocery store could fit in my living room but the people… from all walks of life that walk through this town daily is quite amazing. Even on the coldest of winter days, you can strole into meron for some piece and quite 3am when suddenly a busload of the strangest people ever will be dropped off. I have literally been there when there were 5 of us and suddenly 400.

Well here is a special story for you… My friend Shmueli is the mashgiach of the Kosher kitchen there which means, I get a back pass into the the cave under the building. This is where Rabbi Shimon is really buried, not on top but going there is also good. So, Shmueli offered me in the beginning of the week to light the olive oil candles in the cave so I went with him and lit one. He began to get the idea that maybe we could close it up so I can do some videos down there in private for you all to enjoy. The next day, when we returned to Meron, the Arab worker with his eyes still in shock, told us the following story.

Every so often he is told to wash the floors in the room of the cave. As he went to open the door where we had just been the privious night lighting candles, a large snake jumped out at him. He ran for dear life and has sworn never to go in the cave ever again. This is not the first of such a story that took place at the grave of a holy Tzaddik.

Is it the snake whos job it is to protect the place from unholiness or was it there trying to draw something holy into itself blocking it from those seeking enlightment. Today in Tzfat, everyone tells over the story of the Arizal’s Synagoge that for many years, anyone who entered would be bitten by a snake and then died. It wasn’t till Baba Sali came and walked in bravely to take the Torah from the Ark that all were no longer afraid to enter.

As I was leaving Meron today, having done a video on Rav Yossi who is buried there, I was approached by a man who pleaded with me to lock the door after I depart. He said, the cows keep entering the cave of Rav Yossi and going inside. I was not suprised as the day before I had tried to approach his cave but the mountainside was covered with a flock of cows.

These various events that happen near the holy Rabbi’s graves, always keep me wondering. What will be next. It is quite apparent that after hundreds of years, it is a bit of a miricle these places are left intact. Even those graves burned by hostile nations somehow still servive.

1 Comment

  1. Like Yosef in Shechem. And Shimeon ben Gamliel.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — August 23, 2007 @ 9:42 pm

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