Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai
Our brilliant light is not meant to blind or burn the world but to illuminate it.
Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, known as the Rashbi, is one of the universe’s most giant figures. A Mishnaic sage who famously spent 13 years in a cave with his soon hiding from the Romans, the Rashbi was also the conveyer of the mystical, Kabalistic secrets, documented in the seminal work of the Zohar. On Lag b’Omer, the Rashbi called in the society of his holy brethren, and told them that his soul is ready to be reunified with its creator. The Rashbi compelled his students to celebrate the day of his reunification with mystical joy and bonfire illumination. Till this very day, hundreds of thousands of people celebrate at his resting place in the northern Israeli hills of Meron.