We are currently journeying from the initial liberation of Passover to the joyous holiday of Shavuot, celebrating our acceptance of Torah. These special 49 days leading up to Shavuot are called the Omer. It is customary to count the Omer — and a week from today we’ll celebrate the 33rd day of the count, Lag BaOmer.
Our team handpicked these Sefaria texts and resources to fuel your Lag BaOmer learning!
The Omer period is said to be a time of mourning for the loss of tens of thousands of Rabbi Akiva’s students to a plague which ended on Lag BaOmer. Read about this plague and what we can learn from it.
Some have a custom to light bonfires on Lag BaOmer to celebrate the life of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai — in fact, thousands of people light bonfires at Rabbi Shimon’s gravesite in Israel each year. This Lag BaOmer, explore Sefaria’s prompts for reflection on light, loss, and memory.