Saturday, May 1st, 8:00 p.m.
at Tifereth Israel Synagogue
Lag Baomer, is celebrated on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, which occurs on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar.
In Yiddish, this is a compound word composed of kum (come) and zits (sit). We’ll be enjoying havdalah, a fire pit, yummy s’mores, music with Bar Dahan, and more. Be sure to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.
Our in-person option is now closed. We look forward to seeing those who have already signed up in advance.
All in-person participants must be masked and remain physically distanced.
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Why We Celebrate
There are many layers and interpretations as why this day is marked and celebrated however, none are definitive.
The Omer is a time of semi-mourning, when celebrations are forbidden, and as a sign of grief, some Jews do not cut their hair. Anthropologists say that many peoples have similar periods of restraint in the early spring to symbolize their concerns about the growth of their crops. But the most often cited explanation for the Jewish practice comes from the Talmud, which tells us that during this season a plague killed thousands of Rabbi Akiva‘s students because they did not treat one another respectfully. The mourning behavior is presumably in memory of those students and their severe punishment.