Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai and the Story of the Cave. Events that led to this episode. Rabbi Shimon's relationship to Rabbi Akiva, Bar Cokhba, and possibly to Qumran. R. Yehuda ben Gerim, and a slip of the tongue brings death in its wake. Mrs. Bar Yohai and the vital lesson of secrecy, information on a “need to know” basis. The nature of the cave exile experience. The historicity of the Zohar as compared to its place and authority in Judaism. Was Elijah the prophet a regular visitor to Rabbi Shimon in the cave, really? The difference in attitude between wanting to destroy the world an making it a better place. The tradition of fragrant myrtle branches on the Firday night Shabat table. The purification of Tiberius. Proper respect due to Sages. Rabbi Shimon's power of mind to strike one dead at will.