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Israeli rescue forces and police at the scene after a mass fatality scene during celebrations of the Jewish holiday of Lag B’Omer in Meron, in northern Israel, on April 30, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Netanyahu declares national day of mourning after tragedy during Lag B’Omer festivities in Meron

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a national day of mourning for Sunday over the disaster that took place at a massive Lag B’Omer gathering at the foot of Mount Meron on Friday morning. Dozens...
Israeli rescue forces and police near the scene after a crush wounded dozens during the celebrations of the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba'Omer in Meron, in northern Israel on April 30, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Condolences pour in as world shocked by Meron tragedy

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Political leaders from across the globe have expressed their condolences following the Lag B’Omer tragedy Friday morning that left 45 dead and more than a hundred injured. “The news reaching us this morning of the tragedy at...
United Hatzalah volunteers respond to a mass casualty incident in Meron during Lag B’Omer on April 30, 2021. Source: United Hatzalah/Twitter.

Dozens killed, injured in apparent stampede during Lag B’Omer in Meron

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Dozens of Israelis have been reported killed and injured in an apparent stampede during Lag B’Omer commemorations in Meron, in what is being called one of the largest peacetime disasters in the nation’s history. According to...
Rabbi David Rosen, international director of interreligious affairs at the American Jewish Committee. Credit: Courtesy.

Ambassadors from US, UAE, Bahrain to jointly celebrate Lag B’Omer/Iftar

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Jewish communities in the Gulf will hold a joint virtual Lag B’Omer/Iftar celebration hosted by the Association of Gulf Jewish Communities (AGJC), the people-to-people network of Jewish communities from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries...
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Backyard barbecue at home with the fire pit

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This year, Lag B’Omer will perhaps be more joyful than ever before. As we head into late spring, along with bursts of sunshine and increasing numbers of those vaccinated, families and friends, feeling a...

Lag B’Omer: the Jewish holiday of bonfires and marshmallows!

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This is a Judaism celebrated annually on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer (which is the 49 day period between Passover and Shavuot in the Jewish calendar, which according to the Torah...
Jewish men celebrate the Jewish holiday of Lag B’Omer in the northern Israel town of Meron on May 3, 2018. Lag B’Omer commemorates the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, one of the most important sages in Jewish history, more than 1,800 years ago. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Braving Israeli heat wave, hundreds of thousands flock to Meron for Lag B’Omer

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Despite a massive heat wave, thousands converged on the northern Israeli town of Meron from Wednesday night through Thursday to celebrate Lag B’Omer at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the author of...

Discovery of Bar Kochba-era coin declared at Lag B’Omer

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As Jews across Israel and around the world celebrated Lag B’Omer, a holiday commemorating the life of anti-Roman Torah sage Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, Israeli authorities announced that they had found a symbol of...

Hundreds of thousands make Lag B’Omer pilgrimage to Rebbe Shimon’s gravesite

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Hundreds of thousands of Jews from around the world ascended to the Tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, lovingly called “Rebbe Shimon,” for Lag B’Omer on Wednesday night and through Thursday, marking the yahrtzeit of the...

In Israel, Lag B’Omer leads to Meron

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The Torah lists three pilgrimage festivals: Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot. Yet the largest annual Jewish pilgrimage these days will take place this week during the lesser known holy day of Lag B’Omer, or the...