chapter  XIII
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The Hilulah of Simeon ben Jochai as it is Celebrated To-day

SIMEON BEN JOCHAI is the first historical figure the anniversary of whose death was celebrated as a festival of rejoicing throughout the jewish world. The celebration is known as Hilulah, a Hebrew word signifying joy or feast, and is used to denote the joy that is felt at the departure of a great soul from the earth, because it has gone to rejoin the Source of its Origin.