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What is Lag b'Omer?
"Lag" (spelled with the Hebrew letters Lamed and Gimmel) are the Hebrew letters used to write the...

How is Lag b'Omer celebrated?
Lag b'Omer is traditionally celebrated with outings to the fields, bows and arrows, and bonfires. The Lubavitcher Rebbe encouraged communities to...

Who was Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai?
Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai lived about 1800 years ago in the land of Israel, which was then under Roman rule. He was a student of Rabbi Akiba whom he admired...

Why did Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai stay in a cave for 13 years?
There was once a discussion between Rabbi Shimon, Rabbi Judah and Rabbi Yose. Rabbi Judah praised the work of the Romans who had rebuilt the land of Israel...

Where can I find deep insights on Lag b'Omer online?
Try http://www.sichosinenglish.org/books/timeless-patterns/40.htm for information on Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.Try...

When does the mourning period of the Omer start and end?
The Omer is a period of mourning; 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiba (1st-2nd Century sage and one of the greatest Jewish leaders of all time) passed away...

What is the literal meaning of Lag b'Omer?
Well, let’s start with the first word, lag. Every Hebrew letter has a numeric equivalent. The Hebrew letter for L (Lamed) equals 30, while the...

Why is Lag b'Omer celebrated with bonfires and bows and arrows?
The bonfires celebrate the immense light that was brought into the world by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai (who passed away on Lag b'Omer), especially on the...

What did Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai do in the cave for 13 years and how did he survive?
Miraculously, a stream of water and carob tree appeared from which they sustained themselves. They lived a completely spiritual lifestyle, spending every...

What happened with Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai after he left the cave ?
After twelve years they emerged from the cave but had to reenter it since they were incapable of acclimating to normal society. Their eyes burnt up...

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