Lag Ba'Omer, 5780

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On This Day in Jewish History: 18th of Iyar, 5780 // May 11th, 2020


Lag Ba’Omer, 5780


The 33rd day of

the count between the Exodus and the Giving of the Torah – the journey between good & greatness. . .

What is so special about today?

On this day, the plague that had been wiping out Rabbi Akiva’s students ended. At the same time, the great sage, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai passed away. Often referred to in the Zohar as, butzina kadisha, – the holy candle – for his ability to bring to light the secrets of the Torah.


As a representation of R’ Shimon Bar Yochai’s ability to spread the light of Torah beyond a level many could, we light bonfires, dance, and enjoy cookouts in celebration of this day. (+2020 Covid guidelines )






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