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Lag BaOmer: the 33rd day of the Omer, a minor festival falling between Passover and Shavuot, commemorating the end of a plague which killed thousands of Rabbi Akiva’s students; also the yahrzeit of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the Zohar
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Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the Omer count, is a festive day on the Jewish calendar.
What Is Carob? You might have seen or heard of carob powder or carob chips (like chocolate chips, but not). It’s often used as an alternative to cocoa because it has a similar warm, nutty flavor, although carob is naturally sweet, unlike cocoa. Carobs are...
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.
"שנים עשר אלף זוגים תלמידים היו לו לרבי עקיבא וכולם מתו בפרק אחד מפני שלא נהגו כבוד זה לזה" “Rabbi Akiva had 24,000 students and they all died in one season because of their failure to relate to each other respectfully.” (Yevamot 62b) QUESTION: One reason...
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