Tuesday, May 24, 2005

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Lag B'Omer in Miron! Video and info.

(Note this is an old post, for 2006 info see links at the bottom.)

Lag B'Omer is this Thursday night, the evening of 5/26 (2005).

Video - Lag B'Omer in Miron - Click here.
Live video links for 2006: here.

Lag B'Omer, the 33rd day of the Omer Count, is a festive day on the Jewish calendar, celebrated with outings (on which the children traditionally play with bow-and arrows), bonfires, and other joyous events. Many visit the resting place (in Miron in Northern Israel) of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, whose yahrzeit the day marks.

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai was the first to publicly teach the mystical dimension of the Torah known as the "Kabbalah", and is the author of the basic work of Kabbalah, the Zohar. On the day of his passing, Rabbi Shimon instructed his disciples to mark the date as "the day of my joy." So each Lag B'Omer we celebrate Rabbi Shimon's life and the light he shed on the Torah.

Lag B'Omer also commemorates another joyous event. The Talmud relates that in the weeks between Passover and Shavuot a plague raged amongst the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva "because they did not act respectfully towards each other"; these weeks are therefore observed as a period of mourning, with various joyous activities proscribed by law and custom. On Lag B'Omer the dying ceased. Thus Lag BaOmer also carries the theme of Ahavat Yisrael, the imperative to love and respect one's fellow.

Live video links for 2006: here.
And the latest charity opportunities, here.


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