Lag B'Omer Fun

by Chossid May. 16, 2012 11930 views

What Is Lag B'Omer?

Lag B'Omer, the 33rd day of the Omer count — is a festive day on the Jewish calendar. It is celebrated with outings (on which the children traditionally play with bows and arrows), bonfires, and other joyous events. Many visit the resting place (in Meron, northern Israel) of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the anniversary of whose passing is on this day.

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, who lived in the second century of the common era, 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.”

The chassidic masters explain that the final day of a righteous person’s earthly life marks the point at which “all his deeds, teachings and work” achieve their culminating perfection and the zenith of their impact upon our lives. So each Lag BaOmer, we celebrate Rabbi Shimon’s life and the revelation of the esoteric soul of the Torah.

Lag BaOmer also commemorates another joyous event. The Talmud relates that in the weeks between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuos, a plague raged amongst the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva, because they did not act with enough respect towards each other, concerning the explanations of what they were learning. These weeks are therefore observed as a period of mourning, with various joyous activities proscribed by law and custom. On Lag BaOmer the deaths ceased. Thus, Lag BaOmer also carries the theme of the imperative to love and respect one’s fellow.

Whoops – I forgot to include the magic show!

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Masoud مسعود 8 years, 1 month ago

A beautiful collection

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Masoud Ahmadpoor 8 years, 1 month ago

Great work! nice set :)

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Hardy Kwan 8 years, 1 month ago

Cool ~

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Moira 8 years, 1 month ago

Well that was a brilliant way to get all your photos into a few to show us this happy holiday of your faith .
Great collages.

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Jacki 8 years, 1 month ago

Really nice work on your collages, Leah! They're very festive and fun to look at!

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Mike Meliska 8 years, 1 month ago

Cool Set...

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Christa 9 years ago

These are really interesting and joyful celebrations and you did here a great job putting together these fanatastic collages with an great background.

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Eiram Marie 9 years ago

Very interesting! And great shots!

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Anggrekfoto 9 years ago

Excellent series.

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Sandra Vermeulen 9 years ago

All those collages are very nice Leah. #4 gives me a speciame feelong .. with those lines and all ...

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Felecia Eby 9 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for another wonderful lesson about your faith Leah. Great shots. I don't know how to do that whole collage thing. You did it beautifully.

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Lisa Charbonneau 9 years, 1 month ago

Super beau montage!

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Laurine 9 years, 1 month ago

exellant montage

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Yves Monast 9 years, 1 month ago

looks like a fun day well done....

9 years, 1 month ago Edited
Finbarr 9 years, 1 month ago

Excellent collages !!

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Jennifer Litwinowicz 9 years, 1 month ago

love these collages

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Dave 9 years, 1 month ago

It looks like a lot of fun Leah.

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Michael Lucas 9 years, 1 month ago

very cool idea......nice job !

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Rob Gant 9 years, 1 month ago

Nice posting

9 years, 1 month ago Edited
Dunja 9 years, 1 month ago

Wonderful post and beautifully done !!

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Antonio Gil 9 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for sharing. :-)

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Nynke 9 years, 1 month ago

Beautiful post Leah!! Thanks for sharing.

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Olga Helys 9 years, 1 month ago

So interesting report
Fun, joy, colored way of life
Great job

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