Read about the customs in Breslever communities of Yerushalayim, Williamsburg, Monsey, and Borough Park...
"Lag" means 33. On the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer (Lag B'Omer), we stop our mourning for the day...
The Purpose of the Journey
Why is it such a big deal to go to Meron on Lag b'Omer? Why is it important to rejoice with the tzaddik?
The Only Solution
Let us not forget the lessons from the terrible tragedy in Meron, 2021. Now is the time to renew our commitment to fix the sin for which the Temple was destroyed - baseless hatred.
The Light of Lag B’Omer
The light of the fires on Lag B’Omer is the light of the Torah, and the light of Hashem. This light is in our souls, and it’s what is truly burning inside.
Almost in Meron
My husband and I had tickets for a bus from Beitar to Meron leaving at 1pm on Lag B'Omer. But hundreds of people were waiting, and there were no buses…
First Darkness, then Light
A person does everything to strengthen emuna and get closer to Hashem, only to find that life is even more difficult than it was before. What's going on?
Count on Rebbe Shimon!
Why do hundreds of thousands of people frequent Rebbe Shimon Bar Yochai's holy gravesite in Meron every Lag B'Omer? They have someone to count on...
It is so easy to be introspective upon the bad we do, the mistakes we make, the misgivings we have. Yet how many of us do any introspection upon our good points?
The Fires of Lag B’Omer
Is the purpose of the bon-fires on Lag B’Omer to consume all the accumulated garden waste? Or is there a deeper reason behind lighting fires on this holy day?
Lag B’omer is the anniversary of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai’s exit from the physical world. The Zohar in Idra Zuta gives a moving account of what happened…
Rebbe Shimon bar Yochai and His Circle
Although Rabbi Shimon is best known as the author of the Zohar, he also holds an important place in the revealed aspects of Torah, the Talmud and associated work…
Soothing the National Pain
Israel has a long list of aches and troubles, from within and from without. Yet, the unity of Lag B’Omer soothes the national pain. That in itself is reason to celebrate.
Lag B’Omer 1923
The word spread quickly. Almost instantaneously, melancholy gloom replaced the exuberant rejoicing. The singing stopped, the dancers froze; the mother's...
Meron on Lag B’Omer
Families came from as far away as Damascus and Baghdad. Bonfires were lit in honor of the Rashbi, and the men danced to the beat of drums and flutes...
Praising the Chef – Lag B’Omer
Lag B'Omer has the power of Yom Kippur in wiping away our spiritual debts, yet today, we can eat, drink and rejoice as well, thanks to the Master Chef...
On Haircuts and Accountability
My thoughts returned to my newfound friend. I virtuously continued, "Turn it over to God. Pray to Him, do what you have to do to rectify the situation...