Some pictures from Meron on Lag B’Omer, through the night.
The Boyaner Rebbe (with his gabbai?) by the main bonfire in Meron (which he lit moments before).
Two younger chassidim manning an olive oil station, preparing another bonfire. The bonfires in Meron are cotton that’s heavily soaked in olive oil.
In the midst of the music and dancing, one chassidic family is celebrating an upshernish, a first haircut at 3 years old. Here the elderly grandfather is being honored by the first cut of hair of his grandson. Afterwards the father placed his shtreimel (round fur hat) on the child’s head and danced away with him.
The main amphitheatre behind the kever is for the largest groups. The first and largest of the night is Tzanz chassidim, who completely fill 3 large bleachers with men, one with women, and the large floor area is completely filled with dancers of all (Jewish) stripes.
The bonfires are large but controlled. Leaping flames but confined by the physical – like the Jewish heart. The main rear bonfire in Meron for Lag B’Omer at Kever Rashbi – 2011.