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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.

Jewish, pro-Israel groups react to Meron tragedy on Lag B’Omer: ‘We are in mourning’

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Jewish and pro-Israel organizations reacted with a mix of shock, grief and mourning over the tragedy in Meron on Friday morning that led to at least 45 dead and 150 wounded. “There are no words...
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...

On Simchat Torah: Lessons from Liudmila, a pandemic sage

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As we are about to celebrate Simchat Torah—a holiday defined by its communal gatherings, and the critical importance of physical proximity and traditions like dancing with the Torah—I find myself thinking of the Talmudic...