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Parshat - Emor

Thursday, 3 May, 2018 - 1:47 pm


Today, Thursday is Lag Ba’Omer. The day is so named because it is the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer, the daily count that stretches for 45 days, from the second day of Pesach until Shavuot. The Hebrew letters for 33 are lamed (30) and gimel (3), which spell Lag. On this day, one of the greatest sages of all time, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai passed away. It is very interesting that while the anniversary of a person’s passing is generally a sad day, this day is referred to as “hillula deRashbi – the “wedding celebration” of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. The term “hillula,” is also used to describe the anniversary of passing of other truly righteous people - Tzadikim.  How does a day like this get named for a wedding? There is a beautiful explanation given by the Rebbe, and you can watch it here. You can read more about this particular day, Lag Baomer, here.  

Lag Baomer is a day of great celebration, especially for children. It is customary for the kids to go on a field trip to open space, and in many communities this day is marked with a “Parade of Jewish Pride.” You can see several videos of the “Great parade” held in New York here. There is so much good information on Lag Baomer in these sources, that anything I can write seems shallow in comparison, so I am providing the resources rather than writing myself today. 

I hope you will join us for the wonderful family Lag Baomer celebrations at Chabad today, and may the great spiritual light of this day inspire us all to reach higher toward our inner spiritual essence, to connect to our true purpose and mission, and to reveal the ultimate purpose of all of creation.

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