How to Respond to the Meron Tragedy

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The massive gathering at Mount Meron that took place late last week was meant to be a joyous celebration of Lag BaOmer, the Jewish holiday that marks the end of a plague that killed 24,000 of Rabbi Akiva’s students (two thousand years ago) and the anniversary of the death of the great second-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Instead, it turned out to be a horrific nightmare and the worst peacetime disaster in Israel’s history.

Forty-five people were killed and at least 150 people were injured when a stampede broke out at the celebration...

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