Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Lag B'Omer

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It is here again. Sunday.  Lag B'Omer.  The thirty-third day of the Omer/in the Omer (depending whether you are in the OF or the IN group).  Lag B’Omer is traditionally and secularly celebrated by lighting bonfires. This custom apparently originated as a celebration of the “marriage of heaven and earth” when Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, by tradition, the author of the Zohar--the Jewish mystical canon, passed from this world.  Kabbalistic tradition teaches that the sun refused to set until Rabbi Shimon passed away, hence his Hillula is celebrated by lighting fires. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was one of the prized pupils of Rabbi Akiva who was the leader of the Bar Kochba rebellion that was brutally repressed by the Romans.

We have a packed day of Lag B'Omer plans.  First, we will hang out with the Neshamas and Chabad of Chesterfield at Stacey Park...eating, kite flying, listening to music, playing softball.  Then we will go to Bais Abe to eat even more food, sit around a bon fire and join the drumming circle! 

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