Kohanim Permitted to Visit Kever Rashbi


meronThe bais din of the Eidah Hacharedis of Yerushalayim issued an announcement that allows for kohanim to visit the kever of Rav Shimon bar Yochai in Meron. The permission is only for the use of the Burma Aleph Road.

Recent excavation in strengthening, solidifying, and beautifying Meron revealed that much of the area around the gravesite consists of cemeteries where Jews were buried throughout the millennia.

As a result of those findings, the Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok Rebbe, chose not to join the annual visit on Lag Ba’omer. His brother, the Toldos Aharon Rebbe, was taken up the mountain in a specially constructed box on top of a tractor trailer truck. The box served as a kosher halachic partition separating him from the cemetery underfoot.

After extensive investigation, representatives of Eidah Hacharedis found the Burma Aleph Road acceptable for the passage of kohanim. Nevertheless, the wording of the announcement advised that the entire area must be studied further so that a permanent understanding can be achieved. The announcement also warned kohanim and their young children not to tread off the established kosher pathway.

{Machberes/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Very nice… However according to the minchas eluzar it is muatar to go to kivrei tzadikim anyways… On the other hand Rav Ovadia Yosef in his sefer yechave das chelek daled siman nun vav (i think there) goes through sevral poskim including the minchas eluzar saying how it is mutar to be maetame letzadikim-permited for a kohen to go to kivrei tzadikim however he brings down many other poskim which rule that it is not mutar therefore he concludes that a kohen should refrain from going to kivrei tazadikim…

  2. Sounds like an issue that has been fought about for years and probably will continue to generate controversy for the forseeable future. Good Luck !!!!

  3. dear rabbi guy
    before goinng around quotining de rebbe r’ yoel ztvllh”h zya”a know when and under what curcumstances it was said under for instance was he saying at a time when they thought the road was tomeh