The State Comptroller’s Report released on Monday pointed to ongoing safety concerns at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai on Mount Meron, but also noted that some improvements had been made.
The Tourism Ministry stated that it acknowledges that problems at the site need to be addressed but that improvements had been made in the last three years. It further added that the recent decision to transfer the site to the ministry’s jurisdiction would enable the renovations to be completed quicker and more efficiently.
The tomb complex surrounding the grave of Bar Yochai – a Talmudic sage of the second century CE – on Mount Meron in the Galilee, is the second-most-visited Jewish holy place in Israel after the Western Wall, with 1.5 million visitors every year.
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