A Festive Lag BaOmer
It’s been exactly 30 days since Jews in the Diaspora sat down for the 2nd Seder. On any given day since that one, you could have asked me how many days have elapsed since, and I could have told you exactly, as soon as you finished the question. No research required. Why? Because of the ritual of Counting the Omer, in which traditional Jews “count” each and every day from the 2nd day of Pesah until Shavuot, 50 days later. Forty-nine complete days, each and every one of them counted ritually, preceded by a blessing. Among the 49 days, one stands out: the 33rd, in the Hebrew nomenclature, Lamed-gimmel. And if you supply a vowel to that combination, it becomes Lag (pronounced “log”). Hence the name of the 33rd day of the Omer period: Lag BaOmer. The significance of Lag BaOmer owes, in the main, to commemorating the calendar date of the ending of a particularly lethal plague among the students of Rabbi Akiva in the 2nd century. As such the date became occasion for festive celebration. Our local community this year will meet to celebrate Lag BaOmer this Thursday, May 3, at 5:30 at the Jewish Community Campus. Hope you’ll join in the fun.
Here’s the link with all the information.
The J KC