- Work is permitted
Lag B’Omer is always on the 18th day of the month of Iyar. The word “Lag” is composed of the Hebrew letters lamed (ל) and gimel (ג), which together have the numerical value of 33. “BaOmer” means “of the Omer”. The Omer is the counting period that begins on the second day of Easter and culminates with the Shavuot holiday after the 49th. The holiday celebrates a pause in a plague that is said to have taken place during the days of Rabbi Akiva. The Talmud declares that the great master of Jewish mysticism Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai died in Lag B’Omer, and in modern times the holiday came to symbolize the resilience of the Jewish spirit.
Events marked with ☼ integrate the Ohel Jacob calendar.