Who was Rabbi Meir Baal Haness?
We all are familiar of the Tanna R.Meir. His original name was Meisha .
They called him R. Mier because he lit up the eyes of the Chachamim
in Halacha. (Eruvin 13b).
R. Mier was niftar in Asia (Chutz Laaretz) He asked that his body be
placed on the sea being E.Y. is surrounded by 7 seas. (Yerushalmi Kelaim perek 9 hl.3)
According to the Yerushalmi it is not clear if his body ever ended up buried in E.Y.
One of the first sources that mentions R. Mier’s burial place in E. Y. is in the
Sefer Gelilos Haaretz. He writes that R. Mier is buried in the city of Tveryah.
The Seder Hadoros quotes the same Sefer Gelilos Haaretz who writes R. Yitzchock
from Gush Chalav and R. Mier Baal Haness are both buried in Gush Chalav. The
Gelilos Haaretz writes that he doesn’t know who they were.
(Seder Hadoros & Gelilos Haaretz never heard of R. Mier Baal Haness.)
Sefer Zichron Yackov (vol 2 p 30) writes about the pushkas that were named
after an” Ish Chasid V’kadosh who lived in Eretz Hakodesh a few hundred years
ago. He was famous – and was called R. Mier Baal Haness”.
Two of the most respected Frum historians (R. Yechiel Heilprin, Seder Hadoros & R. Yackov
Lipshutz ,Zichron Yackov ) both held , R. Mier Bal Haness is not the Tanna R.Mier.
1) R.M. is buried in Tveryah RMBH is buried in Gush Chalav
2) Seder Hadoros & Gelilos Haaretz don’t know who R.M.B.H. was
3) Zichron Yackov claims R.M.B.H. lived a few hundred years ago
R.M. lived two thousand years ago.
4) To donate L’iluy Nishmas a Tanna who was niftar 2,000 years ago
sounds very strange.
A Neshama from 2000 years has reached it’s peak a long time ago.
5) The Loshon, Baal Haness is not found in Shas. In Shas
we only find the term Melumad Banisim.