How do people greet each other on Lag B’omer? For example, on a festival, one would say חג שמח. Is there an improper way (according to Halacha) to do so?

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    Lag sameach? :) – Joel K May 3 '18 at 11:02
  • @JoelK I suppose we should vote for the best comments in a quarter as well! :-D – Kazi bácsi May 3 '18 at 13:21
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    @JoelK *L'ag (לעג שמח) ;) – Oliver May 3 '18 at 13:38
  • @Oliver ;) (Apologies for the lag in my response time...) – Joel K May 3 '18 at 15:41

The traditional formula for the day is "Today is thirty-three days, which is four weeks and five days, of the omer."

This is not actually a greeting, but the Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chayim 489:4) specifically recommends not saying "today is x days" before counting the omer with a blessing, because by doing that you fulfill your obligation and can no longer say a blessing before counting it. It would follow that using "today is thirty-three days" could potentially be an improper way to greet someone.

Obviously this doesn't mean that you can't use "today is thirty-three days" as a greeting, but that if you do so for the first time that day, you should say it with a blessing, with the intent to fulfill the commandment, and with the number of weeks in order to fulfill the commandment in the best possible way.

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    I think the OP may be looking for an equivalent of something like ‘Good Yom Tov’ – Dr. Shmuel May 3 '18 at 12:27
  • @Shmuel I understood that, but he also asked if there is an improper way to do so – b a May 3 '18 at 12:31
  • I see, very well – Dr. Shmuel May 3 '18 at 12:34
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    Saying "You remember our ex-coworker Fred? He was arrested yesterday on fraud charges" is also an improper way. So are lots of other things. – msh210 May 3 '18 at 12:56

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