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Meron Lag BaOmer Tragedy (2021)

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As night fell around the world and Lag BaOmer 5781 (2021) celebrations began, word spread of devastating tragedy unfolding in Meron, the epicenter of the Lag BaOmer festivities. Unbearable crowding caused hundreds to be crushed together in a tightly packe...
3,333 years ago, something happened on a mountain. And since then, our lives have not been the same. The name of the mountain was Mount Sinai. The people standing at the foot of the mountain came from different tribes, styles and social classes. Yet just ...
Friends shattered by the loss of a special young man
Among the 45 boys and men who lost their lives in the Meron disaster on Lag BaOmer was Ariel Achdut, from the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem, who was among a group of select young Torah scholars at Yesodot HaTorah in Tel Aviv, one of the most respected y...
Remembrances and memories from relatives and friends
The following are brief obituary profiles and remembrances of the 45 lives that were lost on Lag BaOmer at the resting place of Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai in Meron, Israel. Readers are invited to include additional recollections in the response box following...
Impromptu memorial at the Kotel drew thousands of students from around Israel
In the last known photo taken of Donny Morris, 19, of Bergenfield, N.J., he was standing among thousands of Jews and smiling as he was celebrating Lag BaOmer. The smile and joy in his face were not only genuine, but a reflection of who he was at his core,...
He left a sealed message for a friend, not imagining he wouldn’t survive the night.
The native of New Square, N.Y., had musical virtuosity and a heartfelt voice
Shraga Eliyahu (Shragee) Gestetner of Monsey, N.Y., was among the 45 pilgrims who lost their lives on April 30 in the midst of celebrating Lag BaOmer at the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai on Mount Meron, Israel. He was 33 years old and survived by h...
Widespread mourning and good deeds in honor of those who passed; 16 injured remain hospitalized
JERUSALEM—The grim and mournful task of identifying and laying to rest the victims of the tragedy in Meron on Lag BaOmer in which 45 people died, were completed on Monday. Thousands of mourners attended funerals around the country, with especially large t...
I want someone to blame. Someone that I can look at Scream at until I am blue in my face It's all because of you That little children do not have a father to kiss And loving mothers will have to kiss their child one last goodbye. Or maybe, I don't want an...
Adults and children among the deceased
The identification of the victims of the Meron tragedy concluded after Shabbat, and authorities released a complete list of the deceased. Ariel Ahdut, 21; a student at Yesodot HaTorah yeshivah in Tel Aviv. Rabbi Yisrael Alnakvah, 24, of Beit Shemesh; a fa...
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