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On Lag B’Omer

from Lma’an Yishme’u

On that Lag Ba'Omer, Rashbi was illuminated by the light of Moshiach, thereby attaining the highest level of his lifetime, and partially revealed that light to his talmidim. Hence, Lag BaOmer each year is a day of the revelation of pnimiyus haTorah, the inner, mystical dimension of the Torah.

(סדור עם דא"ח שער ל"ג בעומר, סה"ש תש"ד ע' 124)

The gaon Reb Yonasan Eybeschutz cautions that one should make good use of this holy day and not waste it on foolishness.

Similarly, in a letter to his chassidim before Lag BaOmer, the Alter Rebbe writes: "Rejoice on the day of Rashbi's celebration, because we drink from his wellsprings of Chassidus. Celebrate by singing praises to HaShem from Tehillim, and not chas veshalom by lightheaded frivolity."

(יערות דבש ח"ב דרוש י"א, אג"ק אדה"ז ח"א ע' קי"ז)

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