Rashbi Tomb in Meiron
Departing from Jerusalem (or Tel-Aviv) we have a two hours’ drive to cross the coast and reach the Galilee. On the way we will pass by Beth-Shearim, the burial site of Rabbi Judah “The Prince”, and Sepphoris, where the Mishna was codified. At the Tomb of the Rashbi you will have an opportunity to pray at the site and contemplate on the special figure who opposed the Romans and so lived in a cave so he could continue to study and teach his son Torah.
Ari Kadosh Tomb in Safed
On the hill opposite Meiron the old city of Safed is well visible. Here, in the 16th century, Rabbi Yoseph Karo compiled his famous work “Shulchan Aruch”. Around his time “Ha-Ari Hakadosh”, living also in Safed, lay the foundations of Kabbalah. We will drive into the old city and visit the tomb of “Ha-Ari Hakadosh”, and possibly dip in the nearby natural spring forming a miqveh.
Jewish Sages Tombs in Tiberias
Upon reaching Tiberias we will have a nice lunch experience at the fish and meat restaurant over the lake “Decks”. Next, we will visit the tombstone of Maiomindes, the greatest Jewish Rabbi, Physician, and Philosopher. Next to his tomb mark, we will also pay tribute to the tomb mark of Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakkai, and the “Shala Hakadosh”. Driving to the hill above we will pray at the tomb mark of Rabbi Akiva, and could possibly visit the local mark for the tomb of the Matriachs. In the Southern end of Tiberias we will visit the tomb of Rachel, the wife of Rabbi Akiva, as well as the popular tomb mark of Rabbi Meir “Baal Hanes” (=the miracle maker). Nearby we could also visit the Talmudic period synagogue found in Hamath-Tiberias, and the possible remains of the Sanhedrin building, before heading back to Jerusalem.