The Religious Affairs Ministry (RAM) has decided to impose some significant changes to Meron this Lag Baomer in the wake of last year’s tragedy.
One of the significant changes in the occasion this year is for everyone to be required a permit to be in the Meron area on the day, even in the parking lot.
Also, the area will have a maximum of 20,000 attendees at once, and the permit will be for approximately four hours to give others a chance.
The RAM has also decided to reduce the number of participants.
Part of the changes this year is a single Hadlaka throughout the day, the one which the Boyaner rebbe lights in keeping with the Ruzhiner tradition.
Moreover, access to the mountain will be limited to mass transit – private cars will not be allowed.
In addition, no booths will be allowed in the entire area.
The food distribution will only be near the parking lot, while drinks will continue to be available throughout Meron on Lag Baomer.
At the conclusion of Lag Baomer, a memorial and siyum on Mishnayos will also take place for the 45 people tragically killed last year.
This event is limited to relatives of the niftarim.
A hotline to register for a permit will be set up in the coming days by calling 011-9723-509-8000.
For better information dissemination, a website will also be set up.