Lag Ba'omer

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ShutterstockThe Meaning of Lag Ba'omer
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?
  • The Secret of Mount Meron
    Every year, more and more myriads of people stream to the gravesite of the author of the Kabbalah, Rav Shimon bar Yochai, in the Galilee hilltop village of Meron – signaling mounting anticipation of the Redemption itself!
  • Lag Ba'Omer
    All traditions do agree though, that on the 33rd day of the count of the Omer these disciples of Rabbi Akiva did stop dying. It is interesting that we have a semi-holiday, nbecause somehow the evil decree allowed by heaven to end so many lives, such as it was, would not continue.
  • Respect For Others
    Nineteen hundred years ago, the twenty-five thousand pupils of Rebbe Akiva all died in the days of the Omer between Pesach and Shavuot. This was a punishment for not treating each other with enough respect. The majority of the days Omer are in the month of Iyar. Thus Iyar is a time for us to work on improving respect for others.
  • How Did Rabbi Akiva's Students Die?
    Why is the mourning period for the students of R. Akiva, so much more halachically serious than similar tragedies, in Jewish history? The class deals with the historic background of the time, as seen in the sources and archeology, which explicitly prove that the tannaim, R. Akiva's students, learned in a "Hesder" Yeshiva, combining Torah study with army service. They didn't wait passively for the redemption, but actively tried bringing it in the religious-Zionist way, which in their time was premature, but nevertheless serves as the Rambam's precedent for the future geula. Many other "innocent" sources in the Talmud are explained here, on the backdrop of the historic events of their time, and show that the Omer period mourns the fall of the 3rd State of Israel, a true national tragedy.
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    The Physical Spiritual
    The reasons for the festival and the customs of Lag Ba'omer. The greatness and the war of Rabbi Akiva. Practical kabbalah and the glory of Israel.
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    The Physical Spiritual
    We must draw inner strength from the pearls of the hidden wisdom of the Torah
  • מדורת לג בעומר
    Rashbi - Basing Law on Thought
    It is important, in preparation for this day, to familiarize ourselves with his doctrine and his approach to study.
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    R' Yehuda the Head Speaker
    "Why is R' Yehuda everywhere referred to as the head speaker?
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