Jewish Unity Parades and Bonfires Commemorate Mystical Holiday

May 23, 2011 2:00 PM
Hundreds of thousands of people all over the world celebrated the holiday of Lag B’Omer with bonfires, carnivals and massive Jewish unity parades that snaked through towns and city streets.
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Children in Hong Kong practice their archery skills at a Lag B’Omer family event sponsored by the local Chabad House. Playing with bows has its roots in the tradition that, because of his righteousness, no rainbow – reminiscent of the Great Flood that destroyed the world – was seen during Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai’s lifetime. Occurring 33 days after the beginning of Passover, Lag B’Omer commemorates the passing of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the second-century mystic credited with authoring the Kabbalistic source text known as the Zohar.
Children in Hong Kong practice their archery skills at a Lag B’Omer family event sponsored by the local Chabad House. Playing with bows has its roots in the tradition that, because of his righteousness, no rainbow – reminiscent of the Great Flood that destroyed the world – was seen during Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai’s lifetime. Occurring 33 days after the beginning of Passover, Lag B’Omer commemorates the passing of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the second-century mystic credited with authoring the Kabbalistic source text known as the Zohar.

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