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We count the Omer in anticipation of the giving of the Torah on Shavuot. But on Lag BaOmer we celebrate the life of R’ Shimon bar Yochai, who revealed the esoteric dimension of Torah.

The 33rd Day of the Omer

The 33rd Day of the Omer

Lag BaOmer and R’ Shimon bar Yochai

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The 33rd Day of the Omer: Lag BaOmer and R’ Shimon bar Yochai

We count the Omer in anticipation of the giving of the Torah on Shavuot. But on Lag BaOmer we celebrate the life of R’ Shimon bar Yochai, who revealed the esoteric dimension of Torah.
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Counting the Omer
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Lag BaOmer, Festivals, Counting of the Omer
Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin is the official Chabad emissary to downtown Brooklyn, rabbi of Congregation B’nai Avraham in Brooklyn Heights, New York and Dean of Brooklyn Heights Jewish Academy. He is the author of the books “Thank You God for Making Me a Woman", "Letters of Light", "By Divine Design", and "Guardian of Israel", and the co-author of "The Rabbi & The CEO".
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Anonymous Toronto May 14, 2017

Dear Rabbi Raskin,

The good Lord bless you. In 2014 my family found out that we're descended from the Basque Jews in Spain. I was born and baptized Roman Catholic and was never religious or observant. But in 2014 I did teshuva and after I did that, the God of Israel made Himself known, and I have been learning Talmud Torah since. You are especially gifted and, by far, your teachings have been the most resonant to me. I treasure the beautiful soul you have --- what a gift to the world. And I believe this, that we are all one. Reply

M. Diane Flushing, NY May 24, 2016

Rabbi Raskin, your recollection of the floats; the part you were 'lucky' to play; your boyish pride about your pajamas with the trains across the front; your question if the Rebbe's remark about you was made because he saw and liked your pajamas; and, the way you tell this adorable story, brought such a gigantic smile to my face. Thank you for sharing that story. Reply

Gideon Ben Yacov Israel May 28, 2014

1.45 am Rabbi,
I Like your connection between Shavuot, Purim and Lag Ba-omer, and basically how everything is interrelated in Gal Einai. even the rainbow, the Rebbe and every single human and creation as we say All is One va-ein od.
Thanks and G-d Bless
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David Levant Emerson,NJ May 16, 2014

Rainbows and Students. Rainbows do not bring worry. When G-D places HIS bow in the sky and sees it, He will remember HIS everlasting covenant between HIMSELF and all living things. One can never achieve a highest level of spirituality, students we all must be. There is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, who knows if there is even an end? Reply

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