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The tomb of Honi Hame’agel

The tomb of Honi Hame’agel is a place of prayer: tradition says that Honi brings prayers before God himself

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The tomb of Honi Hame’agel

The tomb of Honi Hame’agel – Honi the Circle-Drawer – is located on the western outskirts of the town of Hazor Hagelilit in the Hula Valley at the foot of the Naftali Mountains.

The name of this righteous sage, who lived in the first century BCE comes from a miracle: During a time of great drought the people asked Honi to pray for rain. The Talmud says Honi drew a circle, sat in the middle, and told God he would not move until it rained. God then sent so much rain that Honi had to pray again – for it to stop!

Visitors to Honi’s tomb circumnavigate a round plaza while praying and reciting Psalms. Tradition says that Honi brings prayers before God not only for rain but regarding any need.
The annual ceremony marking Honi’s death date, particularly popular with Jews of North African origin, is in the spring and coincides with Israel’s Independence Day.



 

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