Thursday, May 22, 2008

Happy Lag B'Omer!

A number of reasons are cited for the custom of lighting the bonfires of Lag B'Omer. One is a rememberance of the fire at Mt. Sinai at the giving of the Torah. Another is to remind us of the fire that was always present when Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai learned Torah.
There is another reason. The fire represents the Jewish Neshama. (soul) It say in Proverbs, "The Soul of Man is Hashem's candle (light). The bonfire is a symbol of the igniting of the Jewish soul on this day, and its desire to come closer to Hashem.
Rebbi Yisrael of Rizhin, by way of the Rabbis of Sfas, purchased, at great expense, the right to light the main bonfire in Meron on Lag B'Omer for all time. It has passed on to his descendants even today as an inheritance.
Once when his grandson, the Sadigorer Rebbi was asked about this phenomenon, he answered, "Tens of thousands of souls have been healed because of this bonfire which is lit in the honor of the Holy Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai!!" (thanks Nishmas.org)

Next year in Meron!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, aidel, you're so aidel!

Alex30 said...

happy lag b'homer to you too