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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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Jews in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernigov took to the water last week, celebrating the springtime holiday known as Lag B’Omer by taking a cruise a local river.
By Bentzion Elisha
Artist's Statement: While at a Rabbinical seminary in Jerusalem I ventured to Miron on Lag BaOmer. Miron is the burial place of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai who is the author of the Zohar, a primary Jewish mystical text authored some 2,000 years ago. It’s a be...
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