Last night and today is Lag B Omer, honoring Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, who revealed the secrets of the Kaballah, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lag_BaOmer.
We celebrated yesterday on the beach with our community. It is customary to light a bonfire, enjoy a barbeque, sing and dance. Today there are concerts and more festive celebrations.
Last year, the day before Lag B Omer, a light went out. At 101 years old, my one of a kind grandmother Chana, or as we called her in Russian Anna, left this world. It was also mother’s day, and I took my children for an impromptu weekend to Las Vegas, where my parents went on vacation. I was with my mother when we heard the news. My grandmother lived a life full of happiness and helping others, and passed away on Shabbat.
We are honoring her this Shabbat with a Kiddush, a celebration in our synagogue.
God Bless Her Memory,