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Friday, May 11, 2012

200,000 celebrate in Meron despite Vishnitz Ban

This year visitors to Meron broke all previous attendance records despite the ban by the Vishnitzer Rebbe. 
R' Mordechai Steiner Shlita in Meron
Read the following report!

It appears the number of people visiting Meron on Lag B’Omer increases annually. This year, estimates are upwards of 200,000 people.
Over 1,500 police were assigned to the operation, including border police, Yassam commando forces and other specialized forces. Magen David Adom was out in force, even placing a helicopter on standby, deploying hundreds of paid and volunteer personnel of varying levels of medical expertise in the area.
Ichud Hatzalah was also on the scene, deploying hundreds of volunteers that operated 12 stations throughout the Lag B’Omer event under the command of R’ Nachman Klein, Galil commander of the organization. Ichud reports treating 350 patients, most with only light injuries Baruch Hashem.
This year, in addition to the bonfire marking the official start of Lag B’Omer by the Boyaner Rebbe Shlita, Rishon L’Tzion HaGaon HaRav Shlomo Moshe Amar Shlita lit a fire as well, a number of hours later.
Many people who traveled to Meron for Lag B’Omer will be spending Shabbos in the north and police and other agencies are maintaining the necessary manpower to address this reality.

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