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Lag BaOmer Questions & Answers

Lag BaOmer Questions & Answers

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Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the Omer count—this year, May 14, 2017—is a festive day on the Jewish calendar.
Why all the joy on the day of the passing of the great sage Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai?
Every year on the holiday of Lag BaOmer, we go to the park, have bonfires and live music and many celebrations. I never understood this. Are we supposed to have celebrations on the anniversary of someone’s passing?
Why do we play with a bow and arrow on the Jewish holiday of Lag BaOmer?
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