45 People Killed in Stampede at Religious Celebration in Israel

  • Netanyahu called this tragedy one of the worst in Israel history.
  • Among the dead were also children.
  • Jewish leaders have called on Jews to maintain their faith in God despite this tragedy.

On Thursday evening at the annual celebration at the Tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in Meron Galilee, forty five people were trampled upon and hundreds were injured at what was called by the Paramedics a stampede. Last year this celebration was only watched on Live Video. Since Israel has now reduced Corona infection to a minimum the Health Department gave permission to have this gathering without any limitations.

Paramedics working to save lives.

People came from all over Israel to take part in the celebration of the anniversary day of the death of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai the author of the Zohar the foremost book on esoteric Judaism. At this celebration is made a bonfire ignited by the leaders of the Jewish Orthodox community.

The people gather together in great numbers for this torch lighting even until several hundred people together. They begin to sing the praise of Bar Yochai when their leader begins to ignite the fire compared to the fire of the soul of the saint Bar Yochai. On Thursday evening was planned several lightings beginning at 8:00 PM.

During the lighting at 12:00 midnight by the leader of the Ultra – Orthodox Community of Toldot Aharon located in Meir Shiurim in Jerusalem, screams were heard from a segment of the participants in the celebration. At this section of the crowd the area had become very crowded to the point that it was almost impossible to breathe. When several people fell to the ground breathless several hundred people fell on them in which began a stampede.

Medics available at the location came in immediately to save them. They tried their best by unfortunately forty-five men and children died. Their bodies were recovered and laid upon the ground. Hundreds of wounded were taken to hospitals all over Israel by ambulances and helicopters. The funerals of these people began almost immediately and are continuing on Sunday.

The Tomb of Bar Yochai located in Northern Galilee.

Netanyahu called this tragedy one of the worst in Israel history. Sunday was declared a Day of Mourning throughout Israel. This tragedy occurred at a time of great joy that finally Jews could make a gathering in praise of the God of Israel who had rescued the nation from Corona. Happiness was turned into a day of sadness.

The Kabballah esoteric Judaism teaches that the hand of God is always in control of the natural world even though the presence of God is not always visible. The presence of God is more recognized when times are good but the presence of God is forever at all times.

The Kabballah teaches that the name of God inscribed in the Old Testament the five books of Moses is the secret of life called the Tree of Life. The world is always being created every moment through this divine unity called the Ten Sephirots or Eternal lights.

The Kabballah became of interest to the world when Hollywood stars began to study Kabballah with their teacher Philip Berg. Of these students was the American Guru and entertainer Madonna. Madonna became famous for her interest in the Kabballah and visited Israel on many occasions even to visit the holy tomb of Bar Yochai where was this tragedy.

The Ultra-Orthodox keep the Kabballah a hidden secret but as the world comes closer to the final revelation of the Messiah the secrets of the Kabballah can no longer be hidden. The Zohar The Book of Splendor the foremost work on esoteric Judaism has been translated in to English by Professor Daniel Matt.

The deepest secret within the text of the Zohar is the secret of the unity of two Messiahs. Ultra-Orthodox Judaism believes in only one Messiah who will come at the end of days to save the Jewish nation. The second Messiah called the Messiah the son of Joseph is an eternal presence of the Messiah the gateway to faith and salvation.

David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.

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