Love of the Land

For the week ending 31 March 2007 / 12 Nisan 5767

Tomb of Shimon Hatzadik

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

The world-renowned Yeshivat Ohr Somayach is the dominating structure on Shimon Hatzadik Street that takes its name from its proximity to the Tomb of Shimon Hatzadik a short distance away.

Simon Hatzadik was the last of the members of the Anshei Knesset Hagedolah (Men of the Great Assembly) and succeeded Ezra as the Kohen Gadol of the Second Beit Hamikdash.

Many Jews visit this tomb on the Yahrzeit of Shimon Hatzadik and also on Lag B'Omer when they find it difficult to travel to Meron to be at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.

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