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05-15-2006, 06:30 AM
Shalom l'kulam

This evening the holiday of Lag B'Omer begins. 2,000 years ago disciples of the great Rabbi Akiva were dying during the period from Passover to the next major holiday, Shavuot (when the Torah and Ten Commandments were given). On this day, the plagues suddenly stopped. The reason behind the plague was the condascending lack of respect that the students showed to each other.

In Israel we observe the holiday with bonfires and tens of thousands visit the graves of the great sages, Rabbis Shimon Bar Yochai and his son, Elazar b'Rabbi Shimon. The Rabbi wished for the day to be observed with feasting and torches rather than complete sadness.

Para nuestros compañeros hispanos:

Hoy, al demancer, empieza el festival judío, Lag B'Omer. Hace 2,000 años que se murieron estudiantes del gran Rabino Akiva, pero en este día paró la muerte. Según la Tálmud, los estudiantes se murieron porque les faltaba respecto entre ellos.

En Israel, se cumple el festival con fogatas y muchos visitan las tumbas de los grandes rabinos Shimón Bar Yochi y Elazar b'Rabbi Shimón. Era el deseo del Rabino que celebremos el día con fiestas y antorchas.

More information/Mas información: [URL="http://www.ou.org/chagim/sefira/mystery.htm"]http://www.ou.org/cha

The Rev
05-15-2006, 06:51 AM
Enjoy your holiday, brother and thanks for the information. :wink:

05-15-2006, 07:37 AM
Totally not in the know here but happy day Miamian. :)

05-15-2006, 01:28 PM
Thanks Rev and Sugar and to any future posters.

I hope to see a bonfire tonight.

05-15-2006, 02:03 PM
I love observations of the positive. Enjoy the bonfire Miamian!

05-15-2006, 05:17 PM
Shalom!!! You have some nice traditions and festivals there. I thought it was an Irish festival at first. I thought Lag B O'mer was Irish. :wink:

05-15-2006, 05:47 PM
Happy Holiday Bro, enjoy