During the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot, Jews count the Omer (Sefirat HaOmer). Lag Baomer is celebrated thirty-three days following the first day of Passover, on the thirty-third day of the Omer. Lag Baomer is the only joyful day during the entire sad time of Sefirah; on this day, sadness is forbidden. Lag Baomer is the day that Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai died. So why is it a day of celebration?
Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was a great sage who lived during the Roman conquest of...(more