Past Jewish Festivals

Lag B'Omer (33 of the Omer)

22 May 2011

Iyar 18 - The days between Pesach and Shavuot became a solemn period on the Jewish calendar due to a plague that decimated the 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva. No joyous celebrations are permitted during this period. However, LAG B’OMER is the exception as the Yarzheit of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai who realised that only a King could conquer Jerusalem and so called Vespasian "Emperor". He was granted favours by Vespasian and saved the Jewish people by choosing that the Yeshivah of Yavneh be prederved, among other things. Also on this day, the plague which had ravaged Akiba’s disciples had ceased, and the day was spent celebrating in the fields, and is since known as a Scholars festival.

LAG B’OMER (the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer)

The days between Pesach and Shavuot became a solemn period on the Jewish calendar due to a plague that decimated the 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva. No joyous celebrations are permitted during this period. However, LAG B’OMER is the exception as the Yarzheit of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai who realised that only a King could conquer Jerusalem and so called Vespasian "Emperor". He was granted favours by Vespasian and saved the Jewish people by choosing that the Yeshivah of Yavneh be prederved, among other things. Also on this day, the plague which had ravaged Akiba’s disciples had ceased, and the day was spent celebrating in the fields, and is since known as a Scholars festival.

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