Mount Meron


Mount Meron

Range of mountains in the Upper Galilee 5 miles northwest of Safed. Its summit is 3963 feet above sea level – the highest peak in Israel till the Six Day War.  Called Jarmaq in Arabic.

South of the summit are remains  of a Jewish settlement called Zarmiq (distortion of Arabic name) founded in 1837 by Israel Bak from Safed.

Part of the mountain is  a nature reserve.

Below Mount Meron, to the east, is the tomb of the Talmudic sage, Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai where every year the hillula (Lag Ba’Omer festivity) is held.

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