Search

More From This Region

Cities:

The Tomb of Rabbi Meir Ba’al Haness

Rabbi Meir’s nickname, Ba'al Haness, means “miracle worker”, which is why his tomb became a special place to pray for healing or other divine intervention.

On this Page:

The Tomb of Rabbi Meir Ba’al Haness

Rabbi Meir’s nickname, Ba'al Haness, means “miracle worker” and comes from a Talmudic story describing how he saved his sister-in-law from the clutches of the Romans by a combination of subterfuge and uttering a single prayer: “God of Meir – answer me.”  

 

Jews have been coming to Rabbi Meir’s tomb at least since the thirteenth century, and over the years the blue-domed building, located near Tiberias’ hot springs (famed for their curative powers), became a special place to pray for healing or other divine intervention.

By the way, Rabbi Meir’s wife was Bruria, who is mentioned in the Talmud as being learned in Torah.

 

For centuries, Jews throughout the world have given charity in honor of Rabbi Meir. You can find people praying here at any time of year, and celebrating the first haircut of three-year-old boys and other happy occasions.
Celebrations reach their height on the anniversary of Rabbi Meir’s death, on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Iyar, a month after Passover eve, when thousands flock to the tomb. 

Sites & Attractions

The history of the Golani Brigade forms an integral part of Israel's history thoughout...
The Hamat Tiberias synagogue was built between 286 and 337 CE, when the Sanhedrin was h...
Maimonides’ tomb, located in central Tiberias has become one of the most important Jewi...
The winery was established in 2004 and it produces 2,500 bottles annually. This is a ho...
The winery was established in 2007 and it produces about 1,500 bottles annually. It is ...
The winery was established in 2006 and it produces fruit wines (liqueurs) from various ...

Accommodations

Family hotel with lawns and a beautiful view of Lake Kineret. Each room has a sitting c...
Hotel near the city center with rooms and suites for families, singles and couples.
250 rooms suitable for couples and families, including standard rooms, deluxe rooms, g...
The first hotel in Tiberias. A good starting point for tours of the city. The hotel has...
Jewish_Sites