Lag B'Omer is the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, which occurs on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar. The Omer is a 7-week period of semi-mourning between Pesach and Shavuot, when observant Jews do not cut their hair (one of the ways Jews mark mourning), and weddings and other celebrations are forbidden.
Nobody knows quite why the 33rd day of this period – Lag B'Omer – became a holiday. Some connect it to the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a Mishnaic sage, mystic, and disciple of Rabbi Akiva. For others, it is linked to a victory of Shimon Bar Kokhba and his troops during their failed revolt against the Romans in 132–136 CE. Regardless, Lag B'Omer is a day of festivity and celebration, often with bonfires and archery games.
This year, Lag B'Omer begins on the evening of Wednesday May 22 and ends on the evening of Thursday May 23.
Coins from the period of the Bar Kokhba revolt – the last, brief independent Jewish polity in the land of Israel until 1948.
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Lag B'Omer 5779–2019 ...Everyone's Invited!
Join us for a firebowl, barbecued dinner, fun kids' activities, and teaching on Bar Kokhba and his connection to Lag B'Omer by Nahum Gordon. The evening will be held at the home of one of our member families (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the address, or check your bulletins).
Date & time: Wednesday 22nd May, 6pm–8.30pm
Cost: £5/head or £10/family (paid in advance via email@example.com, or in cash on the night)
The meal will be meaty but vegetarian food will be available.