Lag BaOmer (Hebrew: ל״ג בעומר), also known as Lag LaOmer amongst Sephardi Jews, is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the thirty-third day of the Counting of the Omer, which occurs on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar. According to the Talmud and Midrash, this day marks the hillula (celebration, interpreted by some as anniversary of death) of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a Mishnaic sage and leading disciple of Rabbi Akiva in the 2nd century, and the day on which he revealed the deepest secrets of kabbalah in the form of the Zohar, a landmark text of Jewish mysticism. In modern Israel, Zionist ideology redefined Lag BaOmer as a nationalist holiday, connecting it to the Bar Kokhba revolt against the Roman Empire.
Lag BaOmer is Hebrew for "33rd in the Omer". (According to gematria, the Hebrew letter ל (lamed) or "L" is equivalent to "30" and ג (gimmel) or "G" is equivalent to "3". A vowel sound is conventionally added for pronunciation purposes.)
Some Jews call this holiday Lag LaOmer, which means "33rd of the Omer", as opposed to Lag BaOmer, "33rd in the Omer." Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson writes in his Likkutei Sichos that the reason why the day should be called Lag BaOmer and not Lag LaOmer is because the Hebrew words Lag BaOmer (ל״ג בעמר), spelled without the "vav", have the same gematria as Moshe (משה), and Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai was mystically a spark of the soul of Moses.
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... hair is not allowed during the time of the Counting of the Omer but is permitted on Lag BaOmer ... boys that turned three between Pessah and Lag BaOmer celebrate upsherin on this date ... It is customary at the Lag BaOmer celebrations by the tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in Meron, Israel, dating from the time of Rabbi Isaac Luria, that those boys are given their first haircuts while their ...
... wine, soda or even water) to those attending the celebrations at bar Yochai's tomb on Lag BaOmer, then the giver will be granted miraculous salvation ... solicit donations of chai rotel and hand out the drinks on the donor's behalf in Meron on Lag BaOmer ... Nine months after Lag BaOmer, the Ohel Rashbi organization even invites couples who prayed at the tomb and had a child to come back to Meron to celebrate the births ...
... the religious identification of the holiday with a nationalist one, redefining Lag BaOmer as a commemoration of the Bar Kokhba revolt against the Roman ... In modern Israeli secular culture, Lag BaOmer is "a symbol for the fighting Jewish spirit" ... The Palmach division of the Haganah was established on Lag BaOmer 1941, and the government order creating the Israel Defense Forces was issued on Lag BaOmer ...
Famous quotes containing the word lag:
“I could be well content
To entertain the lag end of my life
With quiet hours.”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)