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What is the reason for the custom of eating carobs on Lag BaOmer?

What is the reason for the custom of eating carobs on Lag BaOmer?

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Lag BaOmer is the anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Shimon son of Yochai. At one point in his life, Rabbi Shimon was a fugitive from the Roman authorities who were looking to execute him. For thirteen years he hid in a cave in the village of Miron together with his son Rabbi Elazar. They survived thanks to a carob tree which miraculously sprouted near the cave and a stream of fresh water which sprung up nearby.

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Shalom!

Chani Benjaminson,
Chabad.org

Chani Benjaminson is co-director of Chabad of the South Coast, coordinator of Chabad’s Ask the Rabbi and Feedback departments, and is a member of the editorial staff of Chabad.org.
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rhl September 19, 2010

This is fascinating. So not only did a carob tree grow miraculously but it also produced fruit. I understand the carob only produces fruit after 70 years. Rabbi Shimon and his son technically lived more than 70 years although they were only gone for 12. Explains how they received so much wisdom. something like that :) Reply