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Why were the disciples of Rabbi Akiva punished by death for being disrespectful? And why are we happy on the day that R. Shimon Bar Yochai died?

A History of Lag BaOmer

A History of Lag BaOmer

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A History of Lag BaOmer

Why were the disciples of Rabbi Akiva punished by death for being disrespectful? And why are we happy on the day that R. Shimon Bar Yochai died?
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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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