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On Lag BaOmer we commemorate the death of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai – a Talmudic sage from the second century. As such, every year on Lag BaOmer, tens of thousands of people travel to his burial place in Meron, a small town in northern Israel, where they sing and dance around giant bonfires to celebrate his legacy. But who exactly was Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai? And what about his legacy is so important that we celebrate it every year? Join us as we explore this pivotal question by re-examining the stories of this Talmudic scholar – and never think of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, or Lag BaOmer the same way again.
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Lag BaOmer: Who Was Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai?
May 3, 2018