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Lag BaOmer Insights

A Lag BaOmer Reader
Why a Jew Must Be On Fire
Lag BaOmer, Bonfires, & the Secrets of the Kabbalah
Not from the hands, not from the head, not from the heart, but from the spark within is a Jew ignited.
24,000 Plus One
Rabbi Akiva taught that “Love your fellow as yourself” is a “cardinal principle in the Torah.” How was it that that Rabbi Akiva’s disciples, of all people, were deficient in this area?
Kabbalah of the Bow and Arrow
There comes a point at which the external resources we've come to rely on are suddenly ineffectual, and the only place to turn is inward, to ourselves
The Practical Implications of Infinity
Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and the essence of Jewish mysticism
Driven to Distraction
If only I could be locked away in a cell with no distractions and no excuses, can you imagine how much I would accomplish?
Kabbalah Defined
To explain our world without examining its inner depth is as shallow as explaining the workings of a computer by describing the images viewed on its monitor...
Attaining Immortality
Is death a reason to mourn, or to celebrate the life of the deceased? That depends on the nature of the person’s life . . .
Love Distorted
The night their father left town, his sons reminisced about their shared childhood, and the messages stressed in their home...
Thirteen Years in a Cave
They wallowed in sand, subsisting only on carobs and water. They exit after thirteen years. What is the first thing on Rabbi Shimon’s agenda?
Heavenly Service, Earthly Rewards?
Can you find a competent electrician willing to do a job for, say, three candies an hour? How about a spiritual person willing to serve G‑d for material reward?
Make Me an Offer
Is your job a method of providing youself with the necessities of life, or has it become its own purpose?
Living in the Future
Lag BaOmer
It’s my favorite oxymoron: If one indeed lives in the future, it’s not the future anymore, is it? And if one only thinks he’s living in the future, then he's not really living there, is he?
An Inward Focus
In order to conquer and affect the world around us we must first move inwards...
Lag BaOmer Parades
What were they thinking when they invented Lag BaOmer parades?
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.
Lag BaOmer 66 Years Later
She gestured to a pile of documents and photographs she had prepared for our meeting, pulling out an old newspaper.“Look, that’s me in the front row, soon after the liberation of Bergen-Belsen,” she said in a shaky voice.
Rain, Rain, Come Again
A Lag Ba'Omer Lesson
Rain was our enemy. It meant no tree climbing, no kickball, and no raiding my mother's garden for the ripe strawberries she had not yet discovered. It meant, in short, no real fun for an entire day...
The History of Lag BaOmer
A rich overview of the many customs that surround this special day
Seeing the Light . . . and the Hand of G-d Everywhere
Lag BaOmer is a holiday I didn’t know much about growing up. I’m not even sure if I celebrated it until the year I came to Israel to study at the age of 21.
Giving G-d Your Challenges
Anyone who has tried to work through a character flaw will concede that it is very difficult. And even if there seems to be a shift today, how can I know that tomorrow won’t bring back the same old demon?
Why Do We Light Bonfires on Lag BaOmer?
The earliest mention of this custom is found in a letter written by Rabbi Ovadia of Bertinoro (c. 1445–c. 1515), known for his classic commentary on the Mishnah.