In the United States, many Jews celebrate Lag B'Omer, and also known as Lag BaOmer, on the 18th day of Iyar month, according to the Jewish calendar. The name of this practice means the 33rd day of the count of Omer.
An "Omer" indicates to a sheaf of barley or wheat. In the book of Leviticus, it is printed that God had instructed the people to present a bunch of cereal between Passover and Shavuot. The day number was announced after the dusk service, and at this time, tradition came to be known as the "counting of the Omer."
Another story claims that in the second century CE, a plague attacked Rabbi Akiba's students suddenly stopped on this day. Many Jewish people mark this day by recognizing the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, who was a student of Rabbi Akiva. In some cases, this practice signifies a break in the period between Passover and Shavuot.
Lag B'Omer is not a national public holiday in the United States. All the Government offices, organizations, public transportation services, and educational institutions run to their regular schedules.
In the United States, Jews may celebrate Lag B'Omer by holding bonfires for friends and family, while some Jewish people may want to get married on this day. It is because mourning practices that happen throughout the Omer period are lifted on this date.
Some Jewish boys may not cut their hair until they are the age of three when they start learning Torah. On this occasion, many people await the Lag B'Omer to have the ceremony, recognized as Upsherin. Some children play with the bow, representing the rainbow. Some people eat carobs in memory of a story regarding a carob tree known as Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai and his son Elazar.
May 26, 2024
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