Monday, May 4, 2015

Who was Rabbi Meir Baal Haness?

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.

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