The festival of Lag Ba'Omer
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On the 33rd day of the Omer, the 18th of the month of Iyar (Today Monday night and tomorrow Tuesday) on this day our joy increases, and these are some reasons:
Lag Ba ' omer (Hebrew: ל"ג בעומר is the "thirty-third day of omer") is the name given to the 18th day of Iyar.
According to our tradition, the sadness and regret that accompany the Count of the Omer are interrupted on this day.
There are two bases for this commandment:
1.On this day the plague that had broken out among Rabbi Akiba's disciples ceased.
2. On this date commemorates the anniversary of the death of our great Sage Rabbi Shimon bar Yojai.
Lag Ba'omer occurs on the 18th of the month of Iyar and on the 33rd of the Omer count, which takes place between Pesach and Shavuot. < The Omer was a measure of barley that was offered in the Great Temple of Jerusalem, on the second day of Pesach, beginning the harvest throughout the land of Israel. This day the Jewish people began to count 7 full weeks s until the feast of Shavuot, in which the first fruits of the crops were brought to the Temple as an offering, since on this day the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai was remembered.
In the second century of the It was common, in Lag Ba'omer, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (Rashbi), the prodigal student of Rabbi Akiva, dies, who is attributed the authorship of the great work "The Zohar"
Rabbi Shimon before expiring asks his students may this day become a holiday and a day of joy.
Another reason why it is celebrated is that there was a plague that tithed the students of Rabbi Akiva killing more than 24,000 and on the day of Lag Ba'omer the deaths ended.
For generations this day has been celebrated by going out into the woods with bows and arrows making big bonfires. This custom originates from the fact that at the time of Roman rule over Israel the study of the Torah was forbidden, so the students went out into the forest with bows and arrows to prevent the patrols from realizing that they were going to study Torah and thinking that the students They went hunting.
In Israel it is customary to visit the tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in the city of Meron, in Galilee, in northern Israel. Thousands of people make pilgrimage on this day, turning the city into a great party!
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