Israel Celebrates Lag B’Omer Festival with Corona Limitations

  • Lag B’omer is a festival connecting the Universal faith with religion
  • Lag B’omer is the beginning of the redemption of the Universal faith connected with the Kabballa
  • Corona reveals the two hands of God his justice and his healing

Today May 11 beginning at Sundown and all of May 12 Israel celebrates the holiday of Lag B’Omer. Lag B’Omer is translated as the 33 day of the counting of the Omer. In Biblical times from the second day of Passover was the custom in the holy temple of waiving a sheaf of ripe grains from wheats of the new harvest season.

On Lag Bomer is lit barn fires throughout Israel and at the Tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in Meron Galillee Israel symbolic of the fire of the soul of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai the

This custom is derived from the commandment written in the Torah to count 49 days seven weeks beginning from the second day of Passover where was given a sacrifice of a measure of one omer of barley in the holy temple in Jerusalem. On the culmination of the 49 days of waving the wheat sheafs is celebrated the holiday of Shevuot the Festival of Weeks on the fiftieth day.

Lag B’omer is the day in which passed away Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the author of the Zohar: The book of Splendor in which was revealed the secrets of the Torah known only to Moses. It says in the Zohar that in the merit of The Zohar will come the redemption in mercy.

On the holiday of Shevuot the Feast of Weeks also called the Day of the first fruits when was brought by Jews living in Israel to the temple offerings from the first fruits the seven species from which Israel is praised in the Torah Deuteronomy 8:8, a land of wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates, a land in which you will not lack anything. In the temple on the Festival of Weeks which is one day the 6th day of the month of Sivan was sacrificed two loaves of breads from the table in the temple where was placed twelve loaves.

The counting of the Omer for 49 days followed by the holiday of Shavuot like all the teaching of the Torah given by Moses to Israel has universal secret meanings. Passover is the holiday of redemption from slavery. On the first night of Passover the Jews left Egypt after a deadly plague called the smiting of the first born. Redemption from Egypt symbolizes redemption from sufferings in life.  A person suffers a deadly illness like Corona and is healed, he should give thanks to God. The Jews in Egypt suffered slavery and persecution for 210 years until exodus on the night of Passover.

Corona, slavery and redemption

The Lubavitcher Rebbe was revealed in the previous generation as the Messiah of Judaism the Religion of the Law of Moses in the Universal faith. The world now has two Messiahs in the universal faith.

When recovering from the suffering of the plague Corona it is not enough just to go back to normal life.  A person should also make an accounting self-introspection to make a new and better life for himself.  He should add to his new life religion. Suffering illness for a period of time until finally receiving the good news that your tests show negative begins a new life. During the illness was a time for prayer, please God remove from me this plague and bring me to health. The prayers should continue for the rest of your life.

When being healed from disease the mercy of God is revealed. In sickness is revealed the justice of God. Man was created in the image of God.  Man has two hands and God has two hands, the hand of justice and the hand of mercy like it says in the Song of Songs of Solomon, “Your left arm is against my head, and your right arm embraces me.”

The Exodus of the Jews and the Passover night is likened onto the day when the good news is received about negative test results after suffering a period of time with Corona or another disease. The 49 days of the counting of the Omer are days of rehabilitation.  Rehabilitation is both emotional and physical. It takes time to readjust to normal life.

Lag Bomer celebration in Meron Israel.

Today when Corona still lingers there isn’t even normal life anyway. The fiftieth day of the holiday of weeks the new wheats have been baked and are offered two breads from these wheats. The Corona plague will end some day with or without a vaccine. The purpose of suffering in this world is to bring a person to closeness to God, to know God and to love God the master of all worlds.  God is revealed through the two Messiahs, the Messiah of religion and the Messiah of faith. Religion represents the 49 days of rehabilitation following redemption from sufferings.  Faith in God and resurrection is revealed through healing.

Moses gave the Law and the commandments to the Jews and the world including in them the seven commandments to the Sons of Noah. After the awakening which comes through deliverance from sufferings begins rehabilitation in life through acceptance of religious practices. The Messiah of religion is the teacher to mankind about their obligations to God in this world to live righteously. The fiftieth day called holiday of Weeks the healing has been completed through receiving the knowledge of the two hands of God his justice and mercy, integrating in your life faith and religion.

Healing alone from Corona is not enough. In the healing is received the revelation of the mercy of God.  Before the healing and in the middle of the sickness is received the revelation of the justice of God. The period of rehabilitation begins the work to join together the two attributes of God justice and mercy through self-introspection and repentance. The goal is to reach the fiftieth day when is received the knowledge of God the complete unity of the two Messiahs of truth, justice and mercy.

God is one but he is revealed through two Messiahs who combine to make one unity which is the name of God which is peace Shalom, complete healing.

A Hebrew Healing Prayer has become a global sensation

Zohar Psalms a book written by the author of this article connected to the Zohar – The Book of Splendor the foundation of the Universal faith.

A Hebrew healing prayer has become a global sensation. When the grandmother of Yair Levi a popular Israeli singer became ill, he searched for a prayer a song for her healing. The words of this song are taken from the prayer blessing given by Moses to his sister Miriam when she was struck by leprosy. The words of this song in Hebrew are translated as “Please God heal her.”  When Miriam got ill, she was sent for one week in quarantine like having to go into quarantine when receiving positive results from Corona testing. An article was posted on Israel news line Ynet telling the whole story including this song.

Lag B’Omer in Israel is not the same this year because of Corona.  On Lag B’omer hundreds of thousands of Jews gathered at the grave of Bar Yochai in Meron a village in the upper Galilee.  Bar Yochai is the author of the Zohar, The Book of Splendor where is revealed the secrets of the Messiah and the redemption. On this day is lit a torch on the Tomb of the holy saint by several of the religious leader of Israel. This year the celebration is limited to three Torch lightings and only fifty people for each lighting. Gatherings of Lag B’omer throughout Israel are also limited. Israel is fortunate to have received the warnings of Corona early to initiate quarantine.  Schools are opening. Life is slowly returning to normalcy.

Everything in the creation of God is for the sake of the revelation of the Messiah, and the knowledge of God. The two hands of God are his mercy and justice represented in this world by the two Messiahs. The complete redemption comes on the fiftieth day after exodus from Egypt the day in history of the giving of the Torah Ten Commandment at Mount Sinai.  In the universal faith even today everyone man can receive the light of the fiftieth day the unity of the two Messiahs of mercy and justice, faith and religion. The work of building a dwelling place for God in the world continues but through the Universal faith it is achieve with joy and freedom. The world will never again be a Euphoria like it was to Adam in the Garden of Eden; but through the Universal faith connected to the resurrection of Moses the light of the Garden of Eden is revealed in the hearts of the children of God.

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David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.

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