Erev Lag BaOmer - Year of Hakhel - Gathering the Jews, 5776

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

Lag BaOmer this year begins tonight 5/25 through Tomorrow 5/26,

Please join us for our event, here's the info and then please read on

for more about Lag BaOmer...

Here’s some of the Rebbe’s instructions for Lag BaOmer:

1) Be Happy. Celebrate the joy of Rashbi - make sure to be happy

the whole 25 hours plus of it.

This will bless your whole family's life and the whole world, bigtime.

2) read chapter 33 of Tehilim - Lag BaOmer is the 33rd day of the Omer -

Here’s your convenient link:http://www.chabadoflarchmont.com/library/bible_cdo/aid/16254#showrashi=true

3) Lag BaOmer is on the 18th day of the month of Iyar,

Give Tzedakah in multiples of 18.

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4) Learn the daily portion of Torah for the day of Lag BaOmer with Rashi’s commentary:


5) make new Mitzvah resolutions, here’s some great Mitzvah ideas: http://www.chabadoflarchmont.com/library/article_cdo/aid/604381/jewish/Mitzvah-Minutes.htm

6) learn The Soul of the Torah, Kabalah and Chassidut: http://www.chabadoflarchmont.com/kabbalah/default_cdo/jewish/Kabbalah-Online.htm

7) Attend a local Lag BaOmer Event: http://www.chabadoflarchmont.com/centers/events/default_cdo/aid/514097/jewish/Event-Search.htm

Here’s for an event we’re having tomorrow:

Friends, Food INspiration and Music

Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the Omer—this year, Thursday, May 26—

is a festive day on the Jewish calendar.

Celebrating the anniversary of the passing of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai,

author of the Zohar.

It also commemorates another event. In the weeks between

Passover and Shavuot, a plague raged amongst the disciples of

the great sage Rabbi Akiva. On Lag BaOmer the dying ceased.

This year's Lag BaOmer celebration brings added significance

as Jews worldwide celebrate the year of Hakhel,

a once-every-seven-years opportunity to celebrate Jewish unity.

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Lag BaOmer is a festive day on the Jewish calendar,

celebrating the anniversary of the passing of the great sage and mystic

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the Zohar.

It also commemorates another event.

In the weeks between Passover and Shavuot, a plague raged

amongst the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva.

On Lag BaOmer the dying ceased.

Click here to read more . . .

What Is Lag BaOmer?

The Chassidic masters explain that the final day of a person’s earthly life marks the point when “all his deeds, teachings and work” achieve their culminating perfection...

Lag BaOmer Traditions and Customs
By Naftali Silberberg

Bonfires, Jewish Unity parades, bows and arrows, carobs and more. Find out what is traditionally done on Lag BaOmer, and why...

Lag BaOmer Parades with the Rebbe

Lag B'Omer Gathering with Rebbe

Lag B'Omer Gathering

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A Carob Tree and a Spring
Talmud, Shabbat 33b

Seeing a man ploughing and sowing, they exclaimed: "They forsake eternal life and engage in temporal life!" Whatever they cast their eyes upon was immediately incinerated

24,000 Plus One
Based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Rabbi Akiva taught that "Love your fellow as yourself" is a "cardinal principle in Torah." How was it that that Rabbi Akiva's disciples, of all people, were deficient in this area?

The Kabbalah of the Bow and Arrow
By Yanki Tauber

There comes a point at which the external resources we've come to rely on are suddenly ineffectual, and the only place to turn is inward, to ourselves

The Practical Implications of Infinity
By Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and the essence of Jewish mysticism

Driven to Distraction
By Elisha Greenbaum

If only I could be locked away in a cell with no distractions and no excuses, can you imagine how much I would accomplish?

Kabbalah Defined
By Tzvi Freeman

To explain our world without examining its inner depth is as shallow as explaining the workings of a computer by describing the images viewed on its monitor...

Attaining Immortality
By Naftali Silberberg

Is death a reason to mourn, or to celebrate the life of the deceased? That depends on the nature of the person's life...

Love Distorted
By Esther Scharf

The night their father left town, his sons reminisced about their shared childhood, and the messages stressed in their home...

Thirteen Years in a Cave, Now What?
By Levi Avtzon

They wallowed in sand, subsisting only on carobs and water. They exit after thirteen years. What is the first thing on Rabbi Shimon's agenda?

Earthly Rewards for Heavenly Service?
By Naftali Silberberg

Can you find a competent electrician willing to do a job for, say, three candies an hour? How about a spiritual person willing to serve G‑d for material reward?

Make Me an Offer
By Elisha Greenbaum

Is your job a method of providing youself with the necessities of life, or has it become its own purpose?

Living in the Future
By Yanki Tauber

It’s my favorite oxymoron: If one indeed lives in the future, it’s not the future anymore, is it? And if one only thinks he’s living in the future, then he's not really living there, is he?

An Inward Focus
By Michoel Gourarie

In order to conquer and affect the world around us we must first move inwards...

Lag BaOmer Parades
By Elisha Greenbaum

What were they thinking when they invented Lag BaOmer parades?

Mystical Lag BaOmer Stories
By Yerachmiel Tilles

Miracle in Meron

Lag B'Omer Hospitality

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What is Lag BaOmer?
By Mendel Kaplan

What do we really celebrate on Lag BaOmer and what does the Rebbe say about it. The story of Lag BaOmer—in depth.

Listen (20:37)

A History of Lag BaOmer
By Moshe New

Why were the disciples of Rabbi Akiva punished by death for being disrespectful? And why are we happy on the day that R. Shimon Bar Yochai died?

Listen (36:28

What Is A Tzadik?
By Nissan Dovid Dubov

Why do we celebrate on the day that R. Shimon Bar Yochai passed away? Also: If we are not permitted to talk to the dead, why do we pray by a tzaddik’s grave?

Listen (1:09:17)

Lag B’Omer Parade and Rally

Children gather to celebrate the holiday of Lag B’Omer. Excerpts from a 1984 satellite feed from Lubatvitch World Headquarters, Brooklyn, New York.

Watch (13:46)

Why the Bow and Arrow on Lag BaOmer?
By Rochel Chein

Why do we play with a bow and arrow on the Jewish holiday of Lag BaOmer?

Celebrating the Secrets of the Torah
By Moshe New

A look at the increasingly popular interest in the holiday of Lag BaOmer, which was instituted by the author of the Zohar, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, to commemorate the day of his passing.