The first names were released on Friday morning, April 30, of the 45 people crushed to death that night in the headlong stampede of nearly 10,000 worshippers gathered on Mt Meron for the Lag Be’Omer homage at the Tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai. More than 150 were injured, some mortally. A state inquiry into the disaster, loudly called for, would be an exercise in futility. The facts are known. The revered rabbi’s tomb has stood at the top of the Galilee mountain since the year 912. Over the years, it has drawn tens of thousands of pilgrims each year to celebrate the ceremonial lighting of the Lag Be’Omer bonfire. They have flocked there in the face of strong recommendations, time after time, to reconstruct the primitive, undeveloped structures and make the site suitable and safe for the expanding annual pilgrimages.