Bonfires last night for Lag B’Omer outside our home.
Lag B’Omer is a non-biblical holiday. It is celebrated on the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer. The Hebrew letter “Lamed” equals 30 and the Hebrew letter “Gimmel” equals 3, hence “LaG”. In short, it celebrates the ending of a plague which struck students of Rabbi Akiva, who lived in the first and second centuries. He was a leading contributor to the Mishnah and to Midrash Halakha.
It is traditional to light bonfires. Many were lit near our home last night. It is a festive time with traditions such as weddings, first haircuts for 3 year old boys and parades.
Many people stayed up until 5:00 am, eating and playing loud music. The smell of the smoke from all the bonfires was wonderful and people really enjoy cooking out as well. Since people stay up so late, there was no school today for the children and I think all of them were at the malls!