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My managing editor loves a good barbeque, and wanted to know if we had any good content for Lag B’Omer.
“Lag B’Omer!” I said. “Talk about a difficult to explain Jewish holiday!” I had a vision of my Hebrew school textbook, with the picture of children in the woods, pretending to be Rabbi Akiva and his followers and shooting arrows. For some reason, the 33rd day of Omer, the countdown between Passover and Shavuot, is associated with the rebellion of Bar Kochba against the Romans. See what I mean about difficult to explain?
I admit, I was feeling guilty about not counting the Omer as I had planned to do. I had planned to count this year, thinking that my son, who at five is in love with counting things, would enjoy it. All it would take would be post-it notes all over the apartment, reminding me to count. I have counted a few times, but the custom is that you get to say a blessing before you recite the count if you don’t miss any days. Of course I missed the first day, as I usually do.
It was probably too ambitious when we can’t even keep up with our page-a-day bird calendar that I bought my child for Hanukah.
I’m lucky. Look at this video from the Los Angeles Jewish Journal about Lag B’Omer! It’s funny, and no archery!
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