It’s said that many of the Kevarim in Tzfas were unknown until the Ari used Ruach Hakodesh to identify them. Has anybody else before or since been able to do this or was he the first & only?

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    Consider the Convoy of the 35 – Double AA Dec 24 '18 at 20:11
  • I have heard of this before, but I don’t know if was the Arizal who actually found the burial site of Yoshki. Looking for the source at the moment. – Daniel Ross Dec 24 '18 at 20:45
  • Does dowsing count? – Shmuel Brin Dec 24 '18 at 23:27
  • This is the information that I found in Sefer called Kabbalah a Targum / Feldheim. I have attached picture instead of writing it out. !enter image description here – Daniel Ross Dec 25 '18 at 12:35
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    The prominent kabbalists, R. Yosef Dayan (A.K.A. The Tailor) and R. Yosef Waltuch (A.K.A. The Holy Broom-sweeper [of Jerusalem]) were known to identify unknown graves. Unfortunately, I don’t recall specific graves offhand. – Oliver Dec 25 '18 at 22:16

Hat-tip to @DoubleAA. There are two sources for this answer.

1] Wikipedia (W)

2] “A Tzaddik in our time” pp 162, 3. (T)

W describes the story of the Convoy of 35, of which

only 23 of the 35 bodies could be identified.

T writes pp 162, 3

the young martyrs were reburied in in Jerusalem's military cemetery on Mount Herzl. On 23, markers were placed (and later, tombstones). Each grave had its name. Yet twelve remained unmarked.


To solve the problem, (i.e to identify the bodies) Rabbi Aryeh Levin performed the rare goral ha-gra (ha-gra = Vilna Gaon) ceremony, a process in which the reader of the Torah is led to certain verses which give hints as to the subjects in question.

The end of the story T:

And no one had the slightest doubt that the determination was accurate – that every one of the 12 out of the 35 had been rightly identified.

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