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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Today is the Hillula of Two Awesome Tanaaim

Today is the yurtzeit (anniversary of death) of Rabbi Yonason Ben Uziel, the greatest disciple of Hillel. RYB"U translated most of the scriptures into Aramaic, until the Earth started shaking, and from Heaven they stopped him from completing his holy work. In the beginning to his translation of Song of Songs, RYB"U lists the ten types of songs, clearly documenting the NEW SONG! RYB"U is buried in Amuka - about 20 minutes from Tsfas/Meron. It is said that going to his holy tzion is propitious for finding one's soul mate. There is a very big turnout there, with full Nanach hafatza B"H and refreshments.


Today is also the hillula (celebration) of Rabbi Yossi Ben Kisma, who is perhaps best known for his teaching in the last chapter of Ethics of Our Fathers, that he would choose to live in a city where there are wise people and scribes, over receiving all the money in the world to live in a place bereft of Torah. Rabbi Yossi in fact merited to be buried in Meron right near Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.

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