Discover the mystical meaning of the holiday of Lag B'Omer, the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, an important mystic of the Jewish religion.
In the northern hills of Israel, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the author of the seminal Kabbalistic work, the Zohar, danced his soul upward to his Maker. But not before instructing his students to celebrate this day the way only mystics can. Bonfires are lit (is this not the role of the mystic, to bonfire the world?), dances are danced, and the children run out into the fields and trees to celebrate with bow and arrow. It is the thirty-third day of the counting of the Omer and it is a time to be merry and get mystical.
An Open Discussion and Q&A w/ Rabbi Simon JacobsonRead More
What are we to make of the horrific loss of 45 people and many more injured at this year’s festive Lag B’omer celebration on Mount Meron? They came to honor Rabbi Shimeon bar Yochai, a 2nd century sage and mystic. They danced through the night in love, joy and unity. And then…Read More