Which Day Is The Exception?
Today– Lag B’Omer!
Even in the saddest of times, the Jewish people always seek out something to celebrate. When the Romans destroyed the Second Temple in Jerusalem (70 C.E.), they forbade the study of Torah. Two famous rabbis, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and Rabbi Akiva, continued their study of Torah in secret. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai hid in a cave and studied with his son for 12 years. One legend has it that Rabbi Akiva and his students evaded the Roman prohibition by dressing up as hunters and going into the woods pretending to hunt but studying Torah instead.
On Lag B’Omer we celebrate our freedom to study Torah and to be part of a community that celebrates Jewish life and learning. It is a tradition to make bonfires, take nature walks, do archery…and you and your family can celebrate by just being together and enjoying a picnic in nature! Click here for a fun recipe to make with your kids and click here for more Lag B’Omer activities for kids. If you do build a bonfire, we’ve collected some fun smores recipes to make!