Ashkenazi Hasidim use a Sephardi prayer book, and the bonfires and haircutting ceremonies on Lag B’Omer are distinctly Sephardi rituals.
The explosion was reportedly triggered by the Hasidic Jews placing cell phones in the fire as a symbolic rejection of the secular world.
The bans were issued days after 10 Israeli teens who did not heed official warnings died in flash floods.
What the heck is Lag B’omer? Let us explain.
JERUSALEM — Tens of thousands of pilgrims traveled to Meron in northern Israel to mark the start of Lag B’Omer. Mount Meron is the burial…
A little-known holiday that coincides with Mother’s Day this year offers the perfect excuse for a barbecue, a bonfire — even bows and arrows.
Remember Chrismukkah of 2016, when Christmas fell smack in the middle of Hanukkah? Or Thanksgivukkah, that semi-rare event when Hanukkah happened to fall on that most American of holidays, Thanksgiving? (The last time this happened was 2013.) Now there’s another unicorn of a day. I’m talking about the fact that the barbecue-and-bonfire focused Lag Ba’Omer holiday this year falls on Mother’s Day.
Tunisia has increased security for a traditional Lag b’Omer procession on the island of Djerba.
What meaning does the elusive holiday of L’ag B’Omer have for us? Abigail Pogrebin writes it’s a holiday that celebrates respect for fellow Jews, a quality that can be in short supply these days.