18 Iyar: Lag BaOmer 🔥 Remembering Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai

Happy celebration!

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• On the picture: 👆 since the beginning of the 1950s, the Rebbe encouraged Jewish children to march in grand Lag BaOmer parades.

 

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai (“Rashbi”), was a leading disciple of Rabbi Akiva and one of the most important tana’im whose teachings of Torah law are collected in the Mishnah. He was also the first to publicly teach the mystical dimension of the Torah known as the “Kabbalah”, and is the author of the basic work of Kabbalah, the Zohar.

On the day of his passing (Iyar 18, the 33rd day of the Omer Count) Rabbi Shimon gathered his disciples and revealed many of the deepest secrets of the divine wisdom, and instructed them to mark the date as “the day of his joy.”

Joining a parade is a great way to help children express their love for G‑d, His Torah, and His people.

 

Today such happy parades are held in all major cities. You can bring the whole family!

 

It is customary to celebrate Lag BaOmer by lighting (and dancing around) bonfires of all sizes. If it is your custom, light a candle for the merit of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai as well.

 

Happy celebration!

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