Friday November 17, 2017

Lag BaOmer


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Tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai

The next upcomming Lag BaOmer is celebrated/ observed on Wednesday May 2nd, 2018. Lag BaOmer in the Hebrew calendar falls on the 18th of Lyar. The day celebrates the death and life of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai who was a Mishnaic sage back in the 2nd century.

Celebration\ Observance

Many on this day will take a pilgrimage to the town of Meron in northern Israel to the tomb of Bar Yochai. Others will celebrate the holiday by lighting of bonfires. Worldwide practicing Jews will hold parties, dance, listen to music and get haircuts on this day.

History

Too many this day relates back to when a plague ended after killing Rabbi Akiva (Rabbi Yochai mentor) and thousands of his students.


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