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The wisdom of Lag B'Omer

05/03/2018 02:52:40 PM


Rabbi Laura J. Abrasley

The 33rd day of the Omer, the period of counting 49 days between the spring liberation festival of Passover and the early summer revelation holiday of Shavuot, is Lag B'Omer. (“Lag” is a combination of Hebrew letters adding to 33.) This minor holiday often coincides with the arrival of spring. There are multiple explanations for this celebration, and many of the teachings associated with the holiday suggest a meeting of mystical mysteries with our earthly reality. Traditional practice encourages taking a break from the semi-mourning associated with counting the Omer and making our way outside to celebrate.
As I look out my window today (Thursday), the wisdom of Lag B’Omer is in full bloom. Today (and hopefully many more days to come) is a day for putting work aside for a moment, making our way outside and rejoicing in the possibility that accompanies spring. I hope to see you out there!

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