lag ba omer
Growing up in a Messianic Jewish family, I knew all about Passover, Hanukkah, Purim and Sukkot. But I didn’t hear about Lag B’Omer until I moved to New York City and took a Hebrew class. There I learned that for many religious Jews this holiday holds deep significance.
This year, Yom HaAtzma’ut (literally: "Day of Independence") falls on Monday, April 23. For a Jews for Jesus summary of Israel’s Independence Day, as well as articles, poems and personal stories relating to Israel, go to: http://www.jewsforjesus.org/judaica/yomhaazmaut Lag Ba’omer falls on Sunday May 6. An “omer” refers to an ancient Hebrew measure of grain, amounting…
Earlier This Month
Remembrance Day and Israel’s 58th Independence Day were observed on May 2 and 3. Independence Day is what it sounds like, an annual celebration of the anniversary of the establishment of the modern state of Israel. The Day of Remembrance, Yom Hazikaron, is a time to appreciate and mourn the Fallen of Israel’s wars. It always begins with a national moment of silence, which is ushered in with the eerie sound of a one-minute siren.
For more information on the history and traditions of these two days, click here.
Also This Month“
Lag BaOmer falls on May 27.* “Lag” represents the number 33 in Hebrew and “Omer” is a measure that was used for grain. This festival is not commanded in Scripture; it is purely rabbinical tradition, though the name of the holiday is based on a commandment to count the days from the second night of…