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Simeon ben Yohai, Rabbi

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Simeon ben Yohai, Rabbi: (c. 100-160 CE) Mishnaic sage and mystic, student of Rabbi Akiba. When he evoked the wrath of the Roman authorities, he, together with his son Eleazar, hid in a cave for thirteen years, where their needs were miraculously provided for. He authored the Zohar, the most fundamental kabbalistic work. The anniversary of his passing, the 18th of Iyar, known as Lag BaOmer, is celebrated every year, as per his request.
This is my rendition of the cave where Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai (Rashbi) and his son, Rabbi Elazar, hid from the Romans. G‑d miraculously provided a flowing spring and a carob tree with which they sustained themselves for years, while rigorously delving in...
By Bentzion Elisha
Artist's Statement: While at a Rabbinical seminary in Jerusalem I ventured to Miron on Lag BaOmer. Miron is the burial place of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai who is the author of the Zohar, a primary Jewish mystical text authored some 2,000 years ago. It’s a be...
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