Chiseled into the white chalk rock at the edge of the lower Galilee, Bet Shearim stands as a testament to the Jewish people’s attachment to the land of their forefathers. Bet Shearim is filled with expensive sarcophagi belonging to wealthy Jews from far and wide. Diaspora Jews who could not or would not come to spend their living days in the Holy Land often chose to spend eternity buried in it and the result are splendid relics, found here, from the 2nd to the 4th centuries. One of Judaism’s most important scholars, Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi (Judah the Prince) who edited the Mishnah, is buried here and this only added to the prestige of the site in Talmudic times.