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Shel Maala Presents Lag Ba'HOMEr: A Step-By- Step Guide for a Lag Ba'Omer

Shel Maala Presents Lag Ba'HOMEr: A Step-By- Step Guide for a Lag Ba'Omer

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Lag Ba’Omer is Hebrew for “the 33rd day of the Omer,” meaning that Lag Ba’Omer is the 33rd out of 49 days that we count between Passover and Shavuot. 

The Omer is considered a time of semi-mourning, where Orthodox Jews don’t hold weddings or cut their hair. Lag Ba’Omer is a break in that mourning period, where many weddings are held, haircuts are given, bonfires are lit, and other unique customs are observed.


The source for these practices comes from the fact that Rabbi Akiva’s students died in a plague over the Omer, turning it into a period of mourning. But on Lag Ba’Omer, the plague miraculously paused. Also the same day, decades later, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (Rashbi) passed away. Rashbi is considered the source of the Zohar, and was an anti-colonial figure who had to hide from the Roman authorities for 12 years in a cave. Many of the holiday’s celebrations center around his life and legacy.

What is Lag Ba’HOMEr


Lag Ba’HOMEr is Shel Maala’s cheeky attempt to provide a comprehensive and easy way for people to observe Lag Ba’Omer on zoom and at home. We’ve distilled the key Lag Ba’Omer traditions into DIY rituals, for you to do by yourself or with friends, in any kind of casual setting. The basic elements are: fire, rainbow, carob, hair cutting and wedding. We know - this holiday sounds like the greatest party ever! The suggestions below are meant to be mixed and matched, built off of, discarded and drashed on. It’s your Lag! Make it your own!

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