It has been quite a while since we finished the Passover holiday this year. All over the world, the Jewish nation is starting to prepare for the holiday of Shavuot. However, there is one holiday that if often times overlooked, especially due to the upcoming Shavuot holiday. The holiday in question? Lag Ba’Omer.
You may not know it but Lag Ba’Omer is one of the most joyous Jewish holidays within the year. The great Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was said to have revealed the ancient and mystic secrets of Kabbalah that many people try to follow. This holiday is primarily celebrated with sporting activities and the lighting of bonfires. Across Israel, it is very ordinary to see families gathered around bonfires with lots of food.
Unfortunately, the kids at Yad Ezra V’Shulamit’s Children’s Center generally do not have this luxury. Though we are preparing many activities for this festive holiday, we ask our donors and potential donors to open their hearts during this holiday period.
It seems like there is a holiday period every few weeks. So, you may be wondering: why Lag Ba’Omer? What is the significance of giving over this holiday? Excellent question! Allow us to explain. Every holiday comes with its own significance, however Lag Ba’Omer has a special Kabbalistic significance to it. From the time of Passover until the holiday of Shavuot, Jewish people around the world count the ‘Omer.’ This period (known as the Omer, or ‘Sefira’) lasts exactly 49 days. There are various rules to this period. Once of the more famous ones is that men should not shave during this period and Jews should not listen to music.
However, Lag Ba’Omer is different. It is a joyous occasion. The Kabbalistic significance behind Lag Ba’Omer is: ‘chesed’ – otherwise known as loving kindness. Though it can be used elsewhere and in the context of ‘loving kindness,’ the word ‘chesed’ is primarily used in the context of charity. The first week of the Omer corresponds to chesed, as does the first day of each week within the Omer. What better time to give to charity than now?
To help Yad Ezra V’Shulamit assist the children under their care during this holiday period, please consider donating now.