Tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai
Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was the “father of the Kabbalah” and is traditionally regarded as the author of the Zohar, the core kabbalist text that was written in the second century. Considered to be one of the holiest sites in the Jewish world, his tomb, in the northern Israeli city of Meron, is second only to Jerusalem’s Western Wall in numbers of visitors to a Jewish religious site, with as many as two million people visiting annually. In addition to the actual grave, the tomb is also the site of religious study groups, and it welcomes a large number of daily worshippers.
Mr. Safra visited the site annually throughout his life, and he made a personal commitment to renovate the tomb and surrounding structure, which was subsequently taken up by the Edmond J. Safra Foundation. Overseen by a committee of governmental and religious authorities, the renovations ensure the safety and comfort of the constant stream of visitors while enhancing the beauty and dignity of the sacred space.
To learn more please visit the project website: www.rashbi.org.