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The Aruch HaShulchan writes in Siman 493 Sif 7 that it is said on this day (Lag B'Omer) is when R' Shimon Bar Yochai was nistalek (passed away) and when he came out of the Mareh (cave.)

While the first point he makes of Lag B'Omer being the day R' Shimon passed away is of much discussion (See a very good article here on the Seforim Blog from R' Eliezer Brodt that goes through the sources in this inyun and comes out that in the earlier sources there was a printing mistake and it seems to be the earliest makor is in the Sefer Chemdas Yamim.) I'm specifically asking in regards to the second point the Aruch HaShulchan makes that it was on this day (Lag B'Omer) that R' Shimon left the mareh. What is the earliest source for this (before the Aruch HaShulchan?)

(In the article from R' Eliezer Brodt he doesn't address this point and when I asked him personally he said he didn't have any sources for this.)

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    Interestingly, it's also on daf ל"ג of Shabbos. – Shimon bM Apr 28 '13 at 10:25
  • Every source I have looked at points to the Aruch Hashulchan as the earliest source for this statement. (that doesn't mean there aren't more places to look) – emmlinisrael Apr 28 '13 at 11:53
  • @emmlinisrael anything after the Aruch HaShulchan I wouldn't really call a "source" – Yehoshua Apr 28 '13 at 11:54
  • @Yehoshua How do you figure? If you mean a halakhic source, then why don't Rs Moshe Feinstein, Shlomo Zalman Aurbach, or Ovadia Yosef count? If you mean historical source for the Tannaim, then why does the Aruch haShulchan count? – Double AA Apr 28 '13 at 14:02
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    "In the article from R' Eliezer Brodt he doesn't address this point and when I asked him personally he said he didn't have any sources for this." – Seth J Apr 28 '13 at 20:32
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See Halachically Speaking note 3 where the sources they bring refer to "Mesechtas Shabbos 33b, Bereishis Rabbah 79:6, Koheles Rabbah 10:8, Ben Pesach L’Shavuos page 302:6."

http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/230698/halachically-speaking-lag-bomer.html

  • Seems like a link only answer unless you tell us what those sources say. – mevaqesh May 7 '17 at 7:06
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    All of those sources speak about leaving the mareh in general...however they don't say that it was on the the 33rd day of the omer – Yehoshua May 7 '17 at 13:15
  • @Yehoshua Thank you for pointing that out, I noticed the same point but trust Halachically Speaking did their research before inserting that footnote---I'm looking into seeing if the meforshim on the daf explain it occurred on Lag Baomer. – NJM May 7 '17 at 13:25
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    @NJM "but trust Halachically Speaking did their research before inserting that footnote" ... That's probably the last thing to trust in our generation...But I understand why you did that. – Yehoshua May 7 '17 at 23:46

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