The Holiday of L”AG B’Omer in Israel – Rockets fired at Israel from Gaza

  • Israel has reached Herd Immunity from Corona; life has returned almost to normalcy.
  • No government has yet to be formed after the elections in March.
  • The holiday of L”ag B”omer gives Jews and mankind hope in the coming of the Messiah.

Jews throughout the world will be celebrating the holiday of L”Ag B”Omer this Friday in Israel and throughout the world. The holiday of L”Ag B’Omer falls in between the two Jewish festivals Passover and Shevuot (weeks). Between Passover and Shavuos are 49 days. During this period is counted 49 days which in the times of the Holy Temple was brought an offering of the new wheats called Omer.

Entrance to the Tomb of Bar Yochai.

The holiday of L”ag Bomer the 33rd day of the Omer was added to the Jewish calendar for two reasons. During the period between Passover and Shevuot a plague killed thousands of Torah Scholars, students of Rabbi Akiva. The plague lasted 33 days until L”Ag B”Omer. These students were punished by God for not giving respect one to the other. Another reason for this celebration is that on this day was buried the author of the Kabballah Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.

The Kabballah unlike fundamental Judaism stresses the eternal life of saints who study the Torah. The Book of Splendor called the Zohar is attributed to Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. In this book is revealed the deepest secrets of the Torah, the five books of Moses which includes the secret of the name of God. All the major religions of the world have used the five books of Moses as a foundation of their faiths.

Last year during the Corona Pandemic the celebrations of the holiday of L”Ag B”omer were cancelled or restricted. This year the Pandemic in Israel has reached almost Zero and the government is allowing Jews throughout Israel to make their pilgrimage to the Tomb of Bar Yochai in the village of Meron in the Galilee. There is expected to be over 300,000 Jews visiting Meron on Friday. Transportation is being provided by train and bus from all of Israel.

Israel tanks stationed at the border of Gaza after rocket attacks.

The Kabballah and the holiday of L”ag B’Omer was the beginning of a new age in Judaism. The Torah is called the Old Testament and the Jewish people are called the people of the Old Testament. Christianity has always been a threat to Judaism. Christianity became the largest religion in the world in memory of Jesus Christ an Orthodox Jew who lived in the time of the second temple in Jerusalem. Jesus sacrificed his life for bringing spiritual freedom to the world. Spiritual freedom is part of the Old Testament hidden under the Laws and Commandments of the Torah.

All the religions of the world suppress spiritual freedom and stress following rules and rituals. Rules and rituals are important in education of children and in organized family life. The souls of man whose father is Adam who lived in the Garden of Eden desire reaching spiritual freedom. Religion stresses making a dwelling place the kingship of God in the world. Another part of religion which is suppressed stresses a deeper connection to God through truth and peace. Knowing the name of God which is Shalom has become in the New Age even more important than morals and ethics, the teachings of the laws and commandment of the Torah.

The Corona Pandemic brought together the major religions in Jerusalem in Interfaith prayer which was a great accomplishment since each religion claims to be the true and only way to God. While Israel and America are beginning to relax their restrictions, Corona the Pandemic is still a difficult problem in the world especially in India and Brazil. Only through a united effort of mankind can finally be conquered this Pandemic.

In Israel there were elections in March. Netanyahu was given the mandate to make a new coalition government within 28 days which are running out soon. The nation is still split between secular and religious Zionism. This week over 36 rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza. The Iron Dome system was able to prevent human and property damages from these rockets. Israel will not tolerate these terrorist attacks.

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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