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    Rav Shim'on Bar Yochai

    Rashbi - Basing Law on Thought

    Many Jews visit the grave of Rashbi on Lag BaOmer, but the real point of this occasion is to attach oneself to this righteous sage through his teachings. The sages thus say, “We do not make gravestones for the righteous; their words are their memory.”

    Rabbi David Dov Levanon | Iyar 5768
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    Rav Shim'on Bar Yochai

    Success and Ideal

    Why do we continue to praise and commemorate the activities of Rabbi Akiva and Bar Kokhba generation after generation? Was not their war on the Romans a reckless step, a lost cause that brought nothing but tragedy and hardship upon the Jewish people?

    Rabbi Ya'akov Peleg | Iyar 5767
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    Rav Shim'on Bar Yochai

    The Physical Spiritual

    Lag Ba'omer

    Lag Ba'omer

    Rabbi Gideon Weitzman | 5765
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    Rav Shim'on Bar Yochai

    R' Yehuda the Head Speaker

    Lag Ba'omer

    R Yehuda said, “How pleasant are the doings of this nation (Rome). They have built marketplaces, bridges, and bathhouses.” R' Yose kept quiet. R' Shimon ben Yochai responded, saying, “Everything they have built, they have built for their own good.”

    Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaLevi Kilav | 5755
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    Rav Shim'on Bar Yochai

    Shifting the Focus of Lag Ba'Omer

    Focus on R. Akiva The Spokesman Who Were the "Students"? His Greatness

    Rabbi Chaim Avihau Schwartz | Iyar 5761
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    Rav Shim'on Bar Yochai

    Lag BaOmer

    The accepted way of marking the death of a righteous person is by fasting. How then is it that Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai's expiration has become occasion for joy and festivity?

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | Iyar 5761
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