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A stampede During Lag B’Omer festival celebrations in Israel

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Recently, a stampede at the religious festival attended by tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews in northern Israel killed dozens of people and injured about 150.

  • They were gathered at the reputed tomb of Shimon Bar Yochai for Lag B’Omer.
  • The incident is widely being described as one of the country’s deadliest civilian disasters.

What is the Lag B’Omer festival?

  • Lag B’Omer is an annual Jewish festival.
  • It is celebrated in the Hebrew month of Iyar.
  • The festival is celebrated on the thirty third day of the Omer.
  • Omer is the forty-nine days of time period between Passover and Shauvot.
  • Lag B’Omer is the only day during the 49-day period when celebration is permitted.
  • The Jews schedule weddings on Lag B’Omer.
  • The young boys who have reached the age of three are brought here (to Meron) for their first haircut.
  • To mark the occasion, tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jewish pilgrims make their way to the base of Mount Meron every year, to pay their respects to Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a second century sage and mystic, who is believed to have died on this day.
  • The Rabbi’s tomb is a much revered holy site in Israel.
  • The Lag B’Omer celebrations are associated with bonfires.
  • Lag B’Omer commemorates two historic events of the Jewish history. They are:
  • The death of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai
  • The death anniversary of 24,000 students of Akiva Ben Yosef who died of Plague.
  • Akiva Ben Yosef is another Rabbi who lived in the same period as that of Shimon Bar.
  • It was Yochai who instructed to commemorate the death anniversary of 24,000 students of Yosef during Lag B’omer.

Who is a Rabbi?

  • Rabbi is a Jewish teacher or scholar. He mainly teaches Jewish law. They are generally referred to Mishnaic sage.

About Mishnah:

  • Mishnah is the written collection of Jewish oral traditions. It is also called Oral Torah. Mishnah was one of the earliest works of Jewish. It was written in third century.

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