As we speak, Jews around the world are celebrating Lag B’Omer. Although most Israelis consider it to be a holiday where the family gathers around the bonfire to do barbecues, Lag B’Omer actually has a deeper meaning to it.
Following the Passover holiday, the Jewish people traditionally enter a time of mourning prior to Shavuot known as the “Omer” period, when it is forbidden to cut one’s hair, listen to music or have weddings. This is in memory of the 24,000 students of the **Rabbi Akiva**, who all perished in a great epidemic because although they were amazing scholars, they failed to show love for one another.
We mourn their deaths not because they were ideal role models, but because their deaths represented a grave loss to the Torah world, for much of the knowledge that was taught to them by Rabbi Akiva perished with them, thus forcing him to start over from scratch by teaching his wisdom to five new pupils. However, on Lag B’Omer, the period of mourning the deaths...
Become a Member
Read all member content
Get exclusive in-depth reports from Israel.
Get exclusive in-depth reports from Israel
Connect with Israel, right from your home.
Lift up the voice of truth and hope
Support Jerusalem-based Zionist journalism.
Already a member? Login here.