Death on Lag B'Omer
By Micah Halpern
Friday April 30, 2021
The stampede that took place in Meron, Israel on Lag B’Omer is nothing short of a catastrophe.
The numbers will continue to rise – as of this writing there are 44 dead Israeli celebrants and 150 injured.
We are getting some background information on the stampede.
Meron sits on top of a mountain. There is only one way in and out. 500,000 people were at Meron for Lag B’Omer. As some people were trying to descend the mountain, they fell. And then they were trampled.
Lag B’Omer is a celebration tribute to RASHBI aka Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the traditional author of the Zohar, the work that forms the foundation of Jewish mysticism. People come to Meron to commemorate his Yahrzeit, the anniversary of his death.
They go to Meron and light bonfires. Why? There are many reasons.
In the Zohar Shimon bar Yochai is frequently referred to as Butzina Kadisha, which in Aramaic means “the holy candle.”
Zohar actually means splendor which really means light.
So in his honor, on this day, year after year, bonfires are lit.
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