Above: View of the gorgeous topography of the Galillea, from a lookout point on the road to Pekiin, looking southeast.
Tonight we ushered in the very special holiday of Lag B'Omer, which celebrates and honors our great sage Rebbe Shimon Bar Yochai, also referred to as Rashbi. So there is no better day than to share with you photos of our little trip to the town of Pekiin, to visit the cave where Rebbi Shimon and his son Elazar hid from the Roman persecuters after the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.
This is a very special spot, located actually on the other side of Mt. Meron from the town of Meron, (where Rebbi Shimon is buried, and where as we speak tens of thousands of people are arriving from around the country and around the world for the festive Lag B"Omer celebration.) Certainly worth a visit, and for those of you who won't likely be making the trip anytime soon, keep reading for some more armchair traveling!
The cave is accessed by descending down some stairs to the hillside location.
Here is one of the entrances.
One of the offspring of the original karob tree from which Rebbi Shimon ate during the time he spent in his hideout.
And on your way back home, don't forget to stop at the observation point on the road out of town, really stunning view. And what is that in the distance? why it is the Sea of Gailliea, with the hills of the Golan Heights, as well as Jordon rising above the lake. Really stunning!
Hope you enjoyed my little tour, it is very late as I write this, so I promise to come back and fill in some more relevant information, see you soon.