From major metropolises to rural hamlets, Jewish people celebrated the festive holiday of Lag BaOmer at bonfires, barbecues and parades hosted by Chabad-Lubavitch centers around the world. Lag BaOmer marks the 33rd day of the Sefirat HaOmer, counting the 49 days between the Jewish people’s departure from Egypt on Passover and their receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai on Shavuot. In the first century, after the destruction of the Holy Temple, 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva were killed in a plague during this period. On the 33rd day of the Omer, the plague ceased. Years later, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the author of the Zohar, the seminal work of Jewish mysticism, passed away on this same day. Before his passing, Rabbi Shimon requested that the day be marked with joy. Here is a small sample of people doing just that.


Brooklyn, N.Y.

Photo by Mordechai Lightstone
Photo by Mordechai Lightstone

Buenos Aires


Chernitiv, Russia


Krivy Rih, Ukraine


Montclair, N.J.

Tel Aviv