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MERON; Who did not hear of this revered and holy gravesite? Who does not know of the great sage Reb Shimon bar Yochai? Thousands upon thousands of people visit Meron on a weekly basis, and are elevated spiritually and see miraculous results in their day-to-day struggles. As many thousands tend to come in order to pour their hearts out and are in desperate quest of yeshuos, many others come to thank Rabi Shimon on the supernatural miracles they’ve witnessed in his great merit.
‘Hachnasas Orchim Rashb”i’ in Meron is the only hachnasas orchim in Meron, and is up and running for over 50 years, serving as a warm-spot for the thousands of visitors all year round, including Shabbos and Yomim Tovim, who are generously hosted and accommodated with hot dishes and drinks, all entirely free of any charge.
Before, during, and after the terrible tragedy just like all other years, Hachnasas Orchim of Meron accommodated tens of thousands of visitors who came to pour their hearts out by Rabi Shimon and to rejoice in his happiest day. And then tragedy struck us all very hard.
During these crucial moments of despair and uncertainty, when thousands were shut off from telecommunication service and were in total anguish, they found a warm place in our Hachnasas Orchim where they were able to have some sort of tranquility and state of mind enabling them to plan their future steps.
The first responders and medical personnel who have witnessed the most horrific scenes in their lifetime, were also comforted to some extent at our Hachnasas Orchim. Children looking for their fathers in the midst of the pandemonium were at least not hungry nor thirsty.
All the stranded families who were left abandoned in Meron without any method of transportation to their homes before Shabbos, were cordially invited to three full-fledged meals with the highest standards.
Being that we are the only Hachnasas Orchim in Meron, we feel a personal relationship to all those perished in the tragedy, and we sent out large packages of food to the families of the deceased and the wounded, in order to lighten their agonizing burden with at least something.