Lag Baomer Preparations in Meron. Photos by JDN

Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to visit the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai on Lag B’Omer, the anniversary of Rabbi Shimon’s death.

The Hillula will begin Wednesday night with the Boyan Hasidim lighting the first bonfire at 8:30 p.m. After him, one after the other, different rabbis come to light bonfires throughout the day, ending with the last bonfire at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Thousands of three-year-old boys will be brought to Meron for their upsherin, or halaka in Hebrew. Their families and rabbis will have the honor of cutting the child’s curls for the first time. Hairdressers from across the country have set up makeshift hairdresser stands, and will offer families a proper finish to the haircut.

 

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