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News and updates about Lag B'Omer

'Maintain just one bonfire on Mount Meron'

Member of investigative committee: 'Maintain just one bonfire on Mount Meron'

'Every year the gathering grows, the mountain has become too small to hold that number of people,' police superintendent says in testimony.

Rabbi: 'Lag Ba'omer bonfires at Meron are idolatry'

Rabbi Eliyahu Abergel: 'Lag Ba'omer bonfires at Meron are idolatry'

Rabbi Eliyahu Abergel, leading Jerusalem rabbi, says Lag Ba'omer bonfires 'have no benefit, the sages of the world opposed it.'

This is how Jewish day schools balanced Lag Ba'omer with tragedy

This is how Jewish day schools balanced Lag Ba'omer with news of the Meron tragedy

At Jewish day schools, principals struggle with how to celebrate Lag b’Omer and commemorate the tragedy at Meron.

44 people killed in huge crowd crush in Meron player

44 people killed in huge crowd crush during Lag Ba'Omer celebrations in Meron

At least 44 killed, dozens more injured in mass crowd crush during Lag Ba'Omer celebrations in Meron.

Watch: Lag Ba'Omer in Djerbaplayer

Watch: Lag Ba'Omer in Djerba

Jewish community in Tunisia celebrates Lag Ba'Omer with a special prayer in the Djerba synagogue.

Lag Ba'Omer & the hidden Torah of the Hebrew mission

Lag Ba'Omer & the hidden Torah of the Hebrew mission

How does the Jewish people's national story help human history attain its goal?

'We all pray for the healing of the victims'

'We all pray for the healing of the victims'

Israeli leaders respond to the tragedy during Lag Ba’Omer celebrations in Meron, in which 50 people were injured.

Arabs and Jews celebrate Lag Ba'Omer, Ramadan together in Dubaiplayer

Arabs and Jews celebrate Lag Ba'Omer, Ramadan together in Dubai

Arabs from the United Arab Emirates and Israeli Jews celebrated Ramadan and Lag Ba'Omer together at a special ceremony in Dubai

Man in critical condition after collapsing at Meron

Man in critical condition after collapsing at Meron

Man in his 60s collapses at Rashbi's grave in Meron ahead of Lag B'Omer.

Hundreds of thousands at Meron for Lag Ba'omer

Hundreds of thousands at Meron for Lag Ba'omer

Clashes between visitors to Meron and security forces ahead of mass Lag Ba'omer celebrations; two are arrested.

Watch historic event: Gulf ambassadors join Jewish communitiesplayer

Watch: Gulf state ambassadors join Jewish communities for historic event

Ambassadors from three countries hold first joint Lag Ba'omer/ Iftar celebration with Jewish communities in the Gulf.

Rabbi Edelstein: 'We do not travel to Meron'

Rabbi Edelstein: 'We do not travel to Meron'

Leading Lithuanian-haredi rabbi calls on followers not to travel to Meron on Lag Ba'omer. 'We do not travel; we sit and learn.'

Chief rabbi urges: Come to Meron early, leave for home early

Rabbi David Lau urges: Come to Meron early, leave for home early

Rabbi David Lau, Chief Rabbi of Israel, calls on public to leave Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's gravesite early on Friday.

Rabbi Akiva and Lag Ba'Omer

Rabbi Akiva and Lag Ba'Omer

Who were the students of Rabbi Akiva that we should mourn their deaths so many centuries later?

Rabbis: 'Traveling to Meron? Not on Friday'

Rabbinic council: 'Traveling to Meron? Not on Friday'

Rabbinic council calls on Lag Ba'omer pilgrims to arrive in Meron Thursday evening, leave early Friday morning, to avoid Shabbat descration.

R. Yehuda Bar Elai's celebrations return after more than a year

R. Yehuda Bar Elai's celebrations return after more than a year

Staff at the holy site commemorating R. Yehuda Bar Elai are preparing to broadcast his memorial celebration to Jews around the world.

Haredi MK: 'I have no complaints against Religious Zionism'

Dep. Min. Meir Porush: 'I have no complaints against Bezalel Smotrich'

Dep. Ed. Min. Porush says Religious Zionism made 'a commitment to voters' not to join Arab-supported gov't. 'I have no complaints.'

Ahead of Lag Ba'omer, PM Netanyahu meets haredi MKs

Ahead of Lag Ba'omer, PM Netanyahu meets haredi MKs

Police have not yet been issued updates on restrictions on gatherings in Meron over Lag Ba'omer, UTJ MKs say.

United Hatzalah completes emergency preparations for Lag Ba'omer

United Hatzalah completes emergency preparations for Lag Ba'omer

United Hatzalah completes preparations for safeguarding Lag Ba'omer event at Meron.

Interior Minister: 'No limits on Lag Ba'omer pilgrimage'

Min. Aryeh Deri: 'No limits on Lag Ba'omer pilgrimage to Meron'

'Infection rates are low, no reason to limit number of people in an open area,' Interior Min. Deri says.

A virtual tour in heritage sites for American students

A virtual tour in heritage sites for American students

Live broadcast offering virtual tour of Israel's historic sites 'meant the world' to quarantined students, Manhattan teacher says.

Hundreds of extremists break into Meron after Lag B'Omerplayer

Hundreds of extremists break into Meron after Lag B'Omer

Extremists wait for police presence at Rashbi's tomb to begin to be reduced to break into holy site at end of Lag B'Omer.

Drone show over the skies of Ramat Ganplayer

Drone show over the skies of Ramat Gan

36 drones create shapes over the city of Ramat Gan in honor of the holiday of Lag B'Omer.

Large crowds gather at bonfires contrary to guidelinesplayer

Large crowds gather at bonfires in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh contrary to guidelines

Netanyahu orders that crowds around Lag B'Omer bonfires in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh be dispersed.

Free Prayers in Meron through Yad L'Achim on Lag B'Omer

Free Prayers in Meron through Yad L'Achim on Lag B'Omer

Have your names submitted for tefillah in Meron on the holy day of Lag B’Omer.

MDA forces deployed in Meron

MDA forces deployed in Meron for Lag B'Omer

Magen David Adom teams will arrive with two buses, ambulances, intensive care vehicles, command vehicles and other emergency vehicles.

'Those who do not value Meron should not preach morality'

MK Eichler to Gafni: Those who do not value Meron should not preach morality

UTJ MK criticizes fellow party member for calling for MKs not to visit Meron on Lag B'Omer this year.

Fines, checkpoints and arrests on road to Meron

Fines, checkpoints and arrests on road to Meron

2,000 police officers deployed to prevent mass Lag B'Omer gathering at Meron amid coronavirus concerns. Only 3 bonfires to be allowed.

Meron residents ask government to permit Lag Ba'omer rentals

Meron residents ask government to permit Lag Ba'omer rentals

Residents of northern town where Lag Ba'omer celebrations are traditionally held ask government to cancel COVID-19 restrictions on rentals.

Jerusalem preschools to open on Lag Ba'omer

Jerusalem preschools to open on Lag Ba'omer

Beit Shemesh Mayor Aliza Bloch calls on government to decide whether preschools should open on Lag Ba'omer, says parent pressure is 'wrong.'

Government approves restrictions for Lag B'Omer

Government approves restrictions for Lag B'Omer

The lighting of bonfires will be prohibited from tomorrow until after Lag B'Omer. Renting out guest houses will be prohibited at Meron.

Can't make it to Meron this year? Send Alei Siach your names

Can't Make It To Meron This Year? Send Alei Siach your names

Every year thousands come from all over the world to Meron. This year however is different. Alei Siach will pray on your behalf

Government considering full closure on Lag B'Omer

Government considering full closure on Lag B'Omer

National Security Council recommends full closure on Lag B'Omer holiday to prevent coronavirus outbreak during festivities.

Strict Lag B'Omer restrictions

Strict Lag B'Omer restrictions

By Health Ministry and NSC recommendation, bonfires across country, except for three major centers, is banned.

Lag B'Omer and the holiday's mystical secretsplayer

Lag B'Omer and the holiday's mystical secrets

The Jewish holiday of Lag B'Omer celebrates Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. He revealed the Zohar - the book of Kabbalah - during Roman times.

No fires in public parks on Lag B'Omer due to heat wave

No fires in public parks on Lag B'Omer due to heat wave

Lag B'Omer, a day when Israelis and Jews worldwide traditionally light bonfires, is on Wednesday night and Thursday of this week.

5-year-old hospitalized with wooden board attached to his hand

5-year-old hospitalized with wooden board attached to his hand

Rusty nail attaches wooden board to boy's hand during collection for Lag BaOmer bonfire.

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu warns Rabbi Berland

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu warns Rabbi Berland

Tzfat Chief Rabbi says lighting of bonfire on Mt. Meron by rabbi convicted of sexual assault an "abomination."

Live: Lag B'Omer celebrations in Meronplayer

Live: Lag B'Omer celebrations in Meron

Tens of thousands celebrate Jewish holiday near tomb of Tannaic sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

Israeli officials say Lag B'Omer bonfires dangerous in heat wave

Israeli officials say Lag B'Omer bonfires dangerous in heat wave

Many cities ban bonfires over fear of starting uncontrollable fires during heat wave.