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A History of Lag BaOmer

A History of Lag BaOmer

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Anonymous New York April 23, 2013

Lag Ba'Omer Thank you for this class. I would like to ask you where the notion that the 24,000 were elitists that the rest of the Jews envied, comes from. This idea disturbs me, I would think that the people would have been proud of such students especially considering the times they lived in... Reply

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