Last night all over the world there were bonfires in honor of Lag B Omer.
On #LagBOmer eve (now in #Israel) bonfires are lit all across to symbolize the light brought to the world by Rabbi Bar Yochai. Bar Yochai died on the 33rd day of the #Omer, known as Lag BaOmer. On the day of his death, he revealed secrets of #kabbalah which formed the basis of the #Zohar. On his death bed: “Now it is my desire to reveal secrets… The day will not go to its place like any other, for this entire day stands within my domain…” Our tradition hol…ds that daylight was miraculously extended until he had completed his final teaching and died. As such, the custom of lighting fires on his yahrzeit (anniversary of death) symbolizes this revelation of powerful Light. According to a legend in the Babylonian #Talmud, Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai criticized the Roman government and was forced to go into hiding with his son for thirteen years. They were sheltered in a cave (which local tradition places in Peki’in). Next to the mouth of the cave a carob tree sprang up and a spring of fresh water gushed forth and provided against hunger. May the Light be with you!!!
Take a look at the energy in the video above at the Western Wall in Jerusalem last night.
Does any other nation in the world celebrate in this fashion, without alcohol, shooting in the air, fighting, but just pure simcha, happiness, dancing and being one big united nation, no matter where we are in the world.
Looking at the dancing, no-one knows who he is dancing with. These are mostly strangers to each other, yet dance together like they are family, and in truth, we are all family.
Last night I was part of the miracle of birth, supporting a beautiful family as a Doula. I didn’t sleep all night, was on a natural high all day. Got home at 8am, ate breakfast, taught three classes in a row, and then I took the best power nap, an hour and a half.
The kids got home early from school, first I took them for a haircut and some slurpees. Then we went to the library to finish their homework, so we can party the rest of the night. There was a children’s event at a local synagogue with a BMX show with bikes doing tricks on ramps, the kids loved it. Face painting, balloons, music, they definitely felt the spirit, and I got to see so many friends that I haven’t seen in a while. Thank God I got a second wind, now kids all had dinner, sleeping, and I am ready to sleep hopefully 11-12 hours after I write this. Unless I get a call to Doula, waiting on a couple of more.
LOVE THE NATURAL HIGH OF LIFE,
LOVE THE NATURAL HIGH OF JUDAISM,