Plum Tree Growing Above Graves of 4 Tzadikim in Tiverya
Tiveryans say that the tree was planted 270 years ago near the graves of 4 famous tzadikim: Rav Chaim Abulafia, who renewed the Jewish settlement in the city (d. 1744), Rav Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk, the primary disciple of the Maggid of Mezritch who was instrumental in spreading Chassidism throughout Belarus (d. 1788), Rav Yitzchak Smadja, and Rav Nachman of Ordinka, the grandfather of Rabbi Nachman of Breslav. From VosizNeias
Rabbi Chaim Abulafia (1660 - 1744)
The year 1740 brought good news to the Jewish settlement in Teveria. At that time, the Ottoman authorities invited the renowned kabbalist Rabbi Chaim Abulafia, the rabbi of Izmir, to come to Eretz Yisrael and rebuild Teveria, which had lain desolate for some time. The Ottoman authorities wanted the city rebuilt for economic reasons, but the Jews considered Abulafia’s mission a sign of the approaching fulfillment of their messianic hopes. Rabbi Haim Abulafia, re-established the yeshiva in Teveria, bringing new life to that city, which had been a vibrant center of Jewish life and creativity in the Second Temple and Talmudic periods.
Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk
Rebbe Schneur Zalman (about Rav Menachem Mendel): "I once saw him when he was giving audience and I realized that everything that the person seeking his council had done in his life was known to him."
Rebbe Schneur Zalman continued: "I then realized that not only could he see all his actions in this present lifetime, he also was aware of all of the person’s previous incarnations since the six days of Creation."
Finally, Rebbe Schneur Zalman said: "In the end I realized that not only could he see his past actions and past incarnations, he could also see everything that this soul was destined for in the future until the coming of the Moshiach and after." from Akiva of Mystical Paths
Moshe Krauthammer, who runs the Chevra Kadisha and is director of the Tiveryan cemetery, says, "My family has been living in Tiverya for 8 generations. We have a tradition passed down by each generation that one may not touch the tree or cut it down, and it must be left to grow.