Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Apology and Happy Lag B'Omer

Dear Friends and Families,

This is just a short note to apologize. We had some technical difficulties with our new email address: I think we have them all worked out now. If you didn't receive a prompt response to a message you sent please forgive us. 

Since Thursday is Lag B'Omer, the 33rd day of the Omer, let us be amongst the first to wish you a very happy Lag B'Omer.

Lag B'Omer is a festive day on the Jewish calendar. It is celebrated with outings (on which the children traditionally play with bows and arrows - not at KSA though :), bonfires, and other joyous events. Many visit the resting place (in Meron, northern Israel) of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the anniversary of whose passing is on this day.

Lag B'Omer also commemorates another joyous event. The Talmud relates that in the weeks between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot, a plague raged amongst the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva, “because they did not act respectfully towards each other.” These weeks are therefore observed as a period of mourning, with various joyous activities proscribed by law and custom. On Lag BaOmer the deaths ceased. Thus, Lag B'Omer also carries the theme of the imperative to love and respect one’s fellow (ahavat yisrael).

We hope you'll join us along with many other Jewish communities in the South Area at the annual Lag B'Omer BBQ at Lake Massapoag Thursday evening at 5pm.  The sun should be shining by then according to  You can RSVP here.

If you'd like to learn more about Lag B'Omer, click here for a full and complete treatment courtesy of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

Rabbi David and Dr. Resnick

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