Questions tagged [lag-ba-omer]

The 33rd day of the omer period (from Pesach to Shavuot)

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How can people dance around bonfires on Lag Lo'Omer - it's darchei emori?

In Tosephto Shabbos 7:1, it says that one who dances by a bonfire is following in the ways of the Emorites. In light of this, how can so many supposedly frum Jews dance around bonfires on Lag Lo'Omer?
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What are we celebrating on Lag B'Omer?

To the best of my knowledge we celebrate on Lag B'Omer as this is the day the students of Rabbi Akiva stopped dying. This reason seems incomprehensible. The reason they stopped dying was because there ...
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Implication for Lag Ba'Omer if Shimon bar Yochai wasn't the author of the Zohar

There are a number of posts relating to the questionable authorship of the Zohar ('traditionally' attributed to Shimon bar Yochai, see this wiki for examples, and references at the end). Some say that ...
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Haircuts on lag beomer for those keeping the second half of sefira?

Are haircuts permitted on lag beomer for those keeping the second half of sefira? Did some research and cant find an answer.
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What to do if someone asks you when Lag b’Omer is [duplicate]

Theoretically, if someone asks you when Lag b’Omer is, let’s say they asked you today, would you be permitted to say “Next week,” or would this be considered a form of counting the Omer which would ...
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Rashbi's generation was completely righteous, so why were they killed?

In the midrash Rabbah for Bereishis 35:2, as well as other tradition, it is noted that there were no rainbows in the generation of Rashbi because the generation was completely righteous. However, I ...
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Lag baomer and non-chasidic Jews

Besides the halakhot (not saying tachanun, possibility of weddings, cutting hair, listening to music etc.), were/are there any particular Lag baomer customs for non-mekubal/chasidic Jews? For example, ...
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Greeting on Lag B’omer

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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Until when you can listen to music on lag baomer?

Until when can you listen to music on lag baomer?
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why do we mourn the 24k students of Rabbi Akivah?

until lag b'omer we mourn the 24k students of Rabbi Akiva who were wiped out in a plague (Yevamot 62b). Why do we mourn this and not many other tragic events in our history (ex.pinchas affair, korach, ...
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What is the connection between Purim and Lag BaOmer?

The Shulchan Aruch (428:1) as brought in Sefaria writes, ... לְעוֹלָם בַּיּוֹם שֶׁיִּהְיֶה פּוּרִים יִהְיֶה ל''ג לָעֹמֶר, וְסִימָן פל''ג... Purim always falls on the same day as Lag LaOmer. ...
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What's the source that Rabbi Akiva's students stopped passing away on Lag BaOmer?

The source of Rabbi Akiva's students passing away during Sefira is from the Gemara in Yevamos 62b רבי יהושע אומר נשא אדם אשה בילדותו ישא אשה בזקנותו היו לו בנים בילדותו יהיו לו בנים בזקנותו שנא' ...
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Halachic implications of moving Lag Ba'Omer

The Israeli Rabbanut has requested that Lag Baomer celebrations this year be postponed to Sunday night, instead of Saturday night. Does this affect shaving on Friday? Are people who keep the second ...
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Reasoning for doing/not doing mourning customs in second half of the omer

In my observation, most people observe certain mourning customs between the beginning of sefirat ha'omer and lag b'omer (such as refraining from shaving, listening to live music, etc.). Some people ...
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Source for Rebbe Shimon leaving the Mareh on Lag B'Omer

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 ...
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Why celebrate Lag Ba'Omer on the 33rd according to the MaHaRIL?

There are several different opinions about when the students of Rabbi Akiva died, and which days we mourn for them. Sefer HaToda'ah quotes the Maharil, who says that the students of Rabbi Akiva died ...
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Why was the Shulchan Aruch's ruling to wait until Lad LaOmer to cut one's hair?

The Shulchan Aruch (493:2) writes that one should not cut one's hair until the morning of the 34th day of the 'Omer ("אין להסתפר עד יום ל"ד בבקר"). What is the source for waiting until the morning of ...
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Can you say “Lag Baomer” before counting Sefirah?

As is known, during Sefiras HaOmer, you should not say "today is x day of the Omer" (or similar) before counting sefirah in Maariv, as this would prevent you from counting with a bracha later (...
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Is there a custom to color eggs on Lag Baomer?

I heard from an old Lithuanian/Polish Jew (frum from Lithuania/Poland). He says that he had a custom to eat colored eggs in his shtetl, and everyone did it. Is this custom documented anywhere, and ...
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Vacation and travel during the 'Omer

Not including issues related to the International Dateline and the Halachic Dateline, are there issues of concern when traveling, especially when traveling for pleasure/vacation, during Sefirath Ha'...
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Shaving on Friday when Lag Ba'omer falls out on a Sunday

This year (2011, 2017) Lag Ba'omer falls out on a Sunday. I've heard from a few people that the halacha is that you can shave (and take a haircut) on the Friday beforehand l'kavod Shabbos. Are there ...
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Lag Baomer - why not Laomer?

Nusach Askenaz says Baomer, Nusach Sefard and Sefardim say Laomer - Why does everyone call it Lag Baomer - why not call it Lag Laomer?
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Music on lag baomer

Are you allowed to listen to music the night of lag baomer or do you have to wait untill the day?
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Why is Lag Baomer celebrated the way it is (or at all)?

Why do we celebrate lag baomer with bon-fires and bow-and-arrow. Why do we celebrate lag baomer at all?
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Lag BaOmer - Why Celebrate on the Yohrtzeit of a Tzadik?

Lag Baomer celebrates the yohrtzeit of a tzadik. Why is that cause for celebration?