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News and updates about Lag Ba'Omer

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.'

Tragedies and humanity

Tragedies and humanity

Tragedies occur on a regular basis in all human societies, and they have done so since the beginning of recorded human history. Op-ed.

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.

Who was Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai whose grave is in Meron?

Who was Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai whose grave is in Meron?

What made Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's grave the pilgrimage site for hundreds of thousands on Lag Ba'Omer?

'One of Israel's worst disasters. People were crushed to death'player

'One of Israel's worst disasters. People were crushed to death'

Dov Maisel, Director of Operations at United Hatzalah, on Meron tragedy: One of Israel’s worst disasters, I have no words.

Documentation of disaster in Meronplayer

Documentation of disaster in Meron

Watch: Moment of tragedy during Lag Ba'Omer celebrations in Meron.

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.

The spirit of Israel is the spirit of Rabbi Akiva and Rashbi

The spirit of Israel is the spirit of Rabbi Akiva and Rashbi

Oz Torah: The paradoxes of Lag Ba'Omer, the story of a Jewish Pope and the Torah's view of cosmetic surgery.

Participate in the Hillullah of the Rashbi player

Participate in the Hillullah of the Rashbi

And anyone who was there . . . his soul and his entire being were enthralled in the experience and yearn to once again see this great sight.

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.'

Lag Ba'Omer 5781

Lag Ba'Omer 5781

This semi-holiday is utterly unique in the calendar of the Jewish people.because it commemmorates a passive event.

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.

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.

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.

Rashbi - The special power to look deeply inside yourself

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai - The special power to look deeply inside yourself

The power of Rashbi to see the pure essence of any Jewish soul is probably the main reason that millions of Jews visit his grave every year

Secret of the Zohar

Secret of the Zohar

Author Tzvi Fishman insists Torah learning is greatest light there is and offers his new book, Secret of the Zohar, as a free download.

Lag Ba'Omer festivities in Meron commenceplayer

Lag Ba'Omer festivities in Meron commence

Lag Ba'omer events take place this year subject to Health Ministry directives.

Watch: Police block roads to Meronplayer

Watch: Police block roads to Meron

Police begin extensive enforcement operation to prevent banned gathering at Rashbi tomb in Meron during pandemic.

Religious Zionism completes bonfire preparationsplayer

Religious Zionism completes bonfire preparations

This year due to pandemic there will be limited number of bonfires with only 50 participants; Lighting to be broadcast live on Arutz Sheva.

Reclaiming Lag Ba'Omer

Reclaiming Lag Ba'Omer

There is no halakhic significance to lighting bonfires, but there are strong halakhic injunctions to protect the environment.

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.'

MDA preparing for this year's limited Lag BaOmer events at Meron

MDA preparing for this year's limited Lag BaOmer events at Meron

Amid coronavirus pandemic, medical teams preparing for scaled-down festivities at Meron in northern Israel.

Watch: Lag Ba'omer celebrations at Beit El yeshivaplayer

Watch: Lag Ba'omer celebrations at Beit El yeshiva

Yeshiva Head Rabbi Zalman Melamed opens celebrations with traditional torch-lighting, after which students and locals commence dancing.

Lag Ba'Omer: The secrets of the bonfire

Lag Ba'Omer: The secrets of the bonfire

Judy Simon delves into Lag Ba'Omer and the bonfires. Gather round, Secrets revealed.

Lag Ba’omer vs. Eurovision: The blessings and the curses

Lag Ba’omer vs. Eurovision: The blessings and the curses

The rise of anti-Semitism and the curse of Exile.

Watch: Lag Ba'omer celebrations in Meronplayer

Watch: Lag Ba'omer celebrations in Meron

Tens of thousands arrive at burial place of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai for Lag Ba'omer torch-lighting and celebration.

Jerusalem municipality begins dismantling bonfires

Jerusalem municipality begins dismantling bonfires

Dozens of would-be bonfires dismantled by Jerusalem municipality due to weather-induced safety concerns.

Chief rabbis: 'Reduce the number of Lag Ba'omer bonfires'

Chief rabbis: 'Reduce the number of Lag Ba'omer bonfires'

'Obey the instructions of rescue forces and avoid lighting fires in dangerous places,' chief rabbis say, ahead of expected heat wave.

Extreme heat wave towards end of week

Extreme heat wave towards end of week

On Lag Ba'omer, bonfire holiday, temperatures expected to hit 104F prompt general bonfire ban.

Will the Fire and Rescue Authority ban all Lag Ba'omer bonfires?

Will the Fire and Rescue Authority ban all Lag Ba'omer bonfires?

Heat wave may force Fire and Rescue Authority to ban all bonfires, due to the risk of flames spreading out of control.

Pilgrimage to Tunisia synagogue ends without incident

Pilgrimage to Tunisia synagogue ends without incident

About 3,000 people took part in annual Jewish pilgrimage to Ghriba synagogue on island of Djerba.

Watch: Lag Ba'omer celebrations continue in Meronplayer

Watch: Lag Ba'omer celebrations continue in Meron

Hundreds of thousands celebrate at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, as Lag Ba'omer festivities continue this morning.

Up to 30 injured in Stamford Hill Lag Ba'omer explosion

Up to 30 injured in Stamford Hill Lag Ba'omer explosion

Multiple people treated following explosion as bonfire lit for Lag Ba'omer celebrations in London Hasidic community.

Meet the teacher of Mystical Torah

Meet the teacher of Mystical Torah

Why do we celebrate Lag B'Omer if it's the anniversary of Rabbi Shimon's death?