Lag BaOmer is the anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Shimon son of Yochai. At one point in his life, Rabbi Shimon was a fugitive from the Roman authorities who were looking to execute him. For thirteen years he hid in a cave in the village of Miron together with his son Rabbi Elazar. They survived thanks to a carob tree which miraculously sprouted near the cave and a stream of fresh water which sprung up nearby.

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