Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Man That Has No Equal

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A man passes away in the 1st Century, CE.

Two thousand years later, a half a million people come to pay respects at his tomb on the anniversary of his passing.

Is there another person like this in the world?

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

I am speaking of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the author of the Kabbalistic centerpiece -  the Zohar - and the 4th most-mentioned Jewish sage in the Mishna (the basis of Jewish Law).

Last Sunday, I took my wife and kids for our wedding anniversary to the tomb of Rabbi Shimon in the Galilee. Everyone was rejoicing.

Our tradition says that Rabbi Shimon from his resting place blesses personally each person who comes.

Enjoy a 60-second video clip of the joy at Rabbi Shimon's Tomb:

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