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We've all come across people who are so devoted to their work that their health and personal lives suffer. A friend of mine once interviewed at a...

Miracle in Meron

On the eve of 18th of  Iyar, the thirty-third (in gematriah, 33=lamed-gimmel, "lag") night of Counting the Omer in 5683 (1923), as every...

Attaining Immortality

What is the Jewish perspective on death? What is the proper way to commemorate a person’s passing? Today it is fashionable to pay homage to the...

When is Lag b'Omer?

Lag b'Omer is on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar. For the year 2013, Lag b'Omer starts at nightfall, Saturday, April 27th,...

What happened with Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai after he left the cave ?

After twelve years they emerged from the cave but had to reenter it since they were incapable of acclimating to normal society. Their eyes burnt up...

When does the mourning period of the Omer start and end?

The Omer is a period of mourning; 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiba (1st-2nd Century sage and one of the greatest Jewish leaders of all time) passed away...

What is the literal meaning of Lag b'Omer?

Well, let’s start with the first word, lag. Every Hebrew letter has a numeric equivalent. The Hebrew letter for L (Lamed) equals 30, while the...

Why is Lag b'Omer celebrated with bonfires and bows and arrows?

The bonfires celebrate the immense light that was brought into the world by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai (who passed away on Lag b'Omer), especially on the...

What did Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai do in the cave for 13 years and how did he survive?

Miraculously, a stream of water and carob tree appeared from which they sustained themselves. They lived a completely spiritual lifestyle, spending every...

How is Lag b'Omer celebrated?

Lag b'Omer is traditionally celebrated with outings to the fields, bows and arrows, and bonfires. The Lubavitcher Rebbe encouraged communities to...