Hidden Light - Shimon Bar Yochai: Meron
There is a spark in Jewish hearts that bursts into flame on Lag B'Omer. By the eve of Lag B'Omer tens of thousands of people begin to stream to Meron, the burial place of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, from all over the country. The steady influx continues thoughout the night and uninterrupted all the following day. This phenomena, the endless procession of Jews coming and going, is magically wonderful in its unity. On Lag B'Omer especially, we identify with Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and Meron. Something is awakened in our hearts that we are drawn to Meron. And we come and we come, over 250,000 of us came this past year.
This motivates the key words: Lag B'Omer, Rashbi, and Meron. We set up a study that uses the spelling of Rashbi with and without the prefix ה, which is the definite article in Hebrew, and we use two spellings for Meron, with and without a י. There are thus a total of four combinations. The p-values were 16/1,000, 762/1,000, 284/1,000, and 8/1,000. Using our standard protocol, the probability that a text from the ELS random text placement population would produce as good as a combined result as the Torah text did is 32/1,000. We show the tables associated with the two smallest p-values.