I just thought I should highlight it as it is on the Jewish/Hebrew Calendar, so you can know that it exists. As I always say, it is very important to know HISTORY!
Lag B’Omer 2018 began in the
evening of Wednesday 2 May
and ends in the
evening of Thursday 3 May
As a Messianic Jew, if you have a hard time with “Lag B’Omer,” my advice is that pray about it and see what ABBA YAHUVEH ELOHIM has to say to you about it.
The following information is useful to understanding what Lag B’Omer is all about:
Many Jewish people in the United Kingdom observe Lag B’Omer, also known as Lag BaOmer, on the 18th day of the month of Iyar in the Jewish calendar. The name of this observance means refers to the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer.
What Do People Do?
Lag B’Omer is generally a day of celebration and joy for many Jewish people in the United Kingdom. This is because the mourning practices that occur during the Omer period are lifted on this date. It is also a day for many Jewish people to remember and celebrate their heritage.
Popular Lag B’Omer events include a barbecue at a park where people can socialize, eat food, and enjoy the fresh air. Entertainment at these events may include model car races or art activities for children. Children’s parades and fairs may also be held on this day.
Lag B’Omer is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom so many Lag B’Omer events are held after school or work hours (if not during the weekend), usually in the afternoon or early evening. Government offices, organizations, public transit services, and educational institutions operate to their usual schedules.
The name of this Jewish observance refers to the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer. An “omer” refers to a sheaf of barley or wheat. In the book of Leviticus, it is written that God commanded people to make an offering of a sheaf of barley on each of the 50 days between Passover and Shavuot. The day number was announced after the evening service, and in time this ceremony came to be known as the “counting of the Omer”.
The reason why the 33rd day of this period was singled out may have something to do with an ancient pagan festival that was celebrated at the same time. Another story claims that a plague attacked Rabbi Akiba’s students in the second century CE suddenly stopped on this day. Many Jewish people also mark this date by remembering the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, who was one of Rabbi Akiva’s students. In any case, this observance represents a break in the season between Passover and Shavuot.
About Lag B’Omer in other countries
Read more about Lag B’Omer.
Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the Omer count—this year, May 3, 2018—is a festive day on the Jewish calendar. It is celebrated with outings (on which children traditionally play with bows and arrows), bonfires, parades and other joyous events. Many visit the resting place (in Meron, northern Israel) of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the anniversary of whose passing is on this day.
What It Means
Lag BaOmer is always on the 18th day of the month of Iyar. So what’s up with the name? The word “Lag” is made of of the Hebrew letters lamed (ל) and gimel (ג), which together have the numerical value of 33. “BaOmer” means “of the Omer.” The Omer is the counting period that begins on the second day of Passover and culminates with the holiday of Shavuot, following day 49.
Hence Lag BaOmer is the 33rd day of the Omer count, which coincides with 18 Iyar. What happened on 18 Iyar that’s worth celebrating?
What is being celebrated?
Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, who lived in the second century of the Common Era, was the first to publicly teach the mystical dimension of the Torah known as the Kabbalah, and is the author of the classic text of Kabbalah, the Zohar. On the day of his passing, Rabbi Shimon instructed his disciples to mark the date as “the day of my joy.”
The chassidic masters explain that the final day of a righteous person’s earthly life marks the point at which all their deeds, teachings and work achieve their culminating perfection and the zenith of their impact upon our lives. So each Lag BaOmer, we celebrate Rabbi Shimon’s life and the revelation of the esoteric soul of Torah.
Lag BaOmer also commemorates another joyous event. The Talmud relates that in the weeks between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot, a plague raged among the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva (teacher of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai), “because they did not act respectfully towards each other.” These weeks are therefore observed as a period of mourning, with various joyous activities proscribed by law and custom. On Lag BaOmer the deaths ceased. Thus, Lag BaOmer also carries the theme of loving and respecting one’s fellow (ahavat Yisrael).
You can also click on the following link to read more about it, if you please:
The following video is live from MERON, ISRAEL: