Meron is the gravesite of the holy sage, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and it is the destination of millions each year who pray at the grave and seek blessings on behalf of the holy sage. Close to one million people from all over the world arrive in Meron on Lag Ba’omer alone and many people come to Meron for Shabbat Mevarchim HaChodesh – the Shabbat when the blessing for the new month is recited
Meron is literally off the beaten path and comforts of room and board may seem hard to come by. But the chesed of fellow Jews to one another in Meron is legendary. A visitor need never worry about being provided with delicious food and a place to sleep.
Yad Ezrah has been providing hot meals and a comfortable place to sleep for visitors to the gravesite for over sixty years.
Yad Ezrah’s central large dining hall is fit to receive over 1000 guests.
Yad Ezrah provides complete hot Shabbat meals, as well as, cakes, kugels, drinks and wine for kiddush to all who come, no questions asked – and free of charge. Yad Ezrah volunteers provide for about 2000 people each meal during Shabbat. During Rosh Hashanah, Yad Ezrah provides the same amenities for about 3000 people, each meal of Yom Tov – all free of charge.
Yad Ezrah provides hundreds of neatly arranged beds; blankets,
pillows and sheets included.
Yad Ezrah extends itself to the needs of these visitors in a very tangible way. A refreshment stand offers cold and hot drinks, as well as sandwiches, soup and cakes to refresh the weary travelers. When necessary, sleeping provisions are also provided. All with our blessings.
It is my wish, hope, and prayer that Hashem will answer your personal prayers for all that is good, and He will awaken your heart to do acts of benevolence and charity. May you thereby merit to be a partner and a witness to our final redemption.
From Reb Asher Freund