Lag BaOmer

LagBaOmer is a minor holiday occurring on the thirty-third day of the Counting of the Omer with the Omer being the forty-nine days between Passover and Shavuot. According to the Torah, we count these days to remind us of the link between Passover, commemorating the Exodus, and Shavuot, commemorating the giving of the Torah. Thus, symbolizing our redemption from slavery was not complete until we received the Torah. Also, this period of time is actually a partial mourning in memory of a plague that occurred during the lifetime of Rabbi Akiba, one of the greatest rabbis recorded in the Talmud. On the thirty-third day, known officially as LagBaOmer, mourning practices are briefly lifted and it is common to celebrate with festive occasions such as weddings and parties, picnics and bonfires.

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