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About Lag B’Omer

Lag B’Omer is a playful Jewish holiday that takes place in the springtime. Using gematria, a system of associating each Hebrew letter with a number, the letters of “Lag” add up to 33. “B’Omer” means “of the Omer,” the Omer being the forty-nine day period between Passover and Shavuot. Thus, Lag B’Omer is the thirty-third day of this period.

Lag B’Omer is traditionally celebrated with festive picnics and bonfires. It’s also a time for weddings and first haircuts. The Talmud, an ancient source of Jewish law and custom, says Lag B’Omer celebrates the halt of a plague that took the lives of thousands of students of the great teacher Rabbi Akiva. Other sources say Lag B’Omer celebrates a victory for the armies of the Jewish leader Bar Kochba. Some associate Lag B’Omer with stories about Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a student of Rabbi Akiva and writer of an important Jewish text.

Lag B’Omer is sometimes called the scholars’ holiday in honor of the sages who braved harsh Roman punishment to teach Torah. Stories tell us that eager students pretended to go on outings or go hunting in order to find hidden learning places. Bows and arrows are therefore part of many celebrations.


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Looking for more ways to celebrate? Here are some ideas from Jewish Learning Venture staff!

When Elana was a kid, she celebrated Lag Ba’Omer at her school or with friends with a day of silly outside games and relay races (like carrying an egg on a spoon across a field). And the day always ended with s’mores.

char loves getting together with friends around a bonfire, studying the many stories associated with Lag B’Omer, and making lots of jokes about laser vision.

Julia didn’t begin celebrating Lag B’Omer until she had kids: her kids loved s’mores-making and running around with their friends at shul!

Robin first learned about Lag B’Omer when she started working for jkidphilly; these days she always celebrates it with Drag Storytime and S’mores over tiny bonfires with jkidpride and jkidphilly families!

Robyn likes to celebrate L’ag B’Omer with her synagogue with a barbeque and family fun activities!

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