Lag B’Omer

It has been a few months since I have posted anything to the blog. I was distracted as I was recovering from knee surgery and had to learn how to walk again. That being said I am now back in Jerusalem, walking around and back to exploring the streets. I would like to share with you my most recent experience.

Last night was the start of Lag B’Omer, a holiday that reveals the mystical traditions within Judaism. One of the main ways in which Lag B’Omer is celebrated is by having massive bonfires in the street. The fire represents the light of the Zohar (Kabala) that was revealed in the world.

I wondered the streets of Jerusalem mostly spending time in the neighborhood Mea Shearim. Mea Shearim is an Ultra Orthodox religious neighborhood, known for being more secluded from the secular world.

 

A boy sits next to the fire that his family has lit for Lag B'Omer in the neighborhood of Nachlaot.  Photo by: Sarah Schuman

A boy sits next to the fire that his family has lit for Lag B’Omer in the neighborhood of Nachlaot. Photo by: Sarah Schuman

 

People stand around a bon Fire  in a apartment compound for Lag B'Omer.  Photo by: Sarah Schuman

People stand around a bonfire in an apartment compound for Lag B’Omer. Photo by: Sarah Schuman

 

Orthodox men dance around the bonfire that they have made for Lag B'Omer in Mea Shearim, Jerusalem.  Photo by: Sarah Schuman

Orthodox men dance around the bonfire that they have made for Lag B’Omer in the middle of the street in the neighborhood Mea Shearim, Jerusalem. Photo by: Sarah Schuman

 

Small boys play with the fire that has been lit for Lag B'Omer, while the men dance in the street. Photo by: Sarah Schuma

Small boys play with the fire that has been lit for Lag B’Omer, while the men dance in the street. Photo by: Sarah Schuman

 

Orthodox Chassidic men in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim celebrate Lag B'Omer.  Photo by: Sarah Schuman

Orthodox Chassidic men, from a Breslov movement, celebrate Lag B’Omer in Mea Shearim. Photo by: Sarah Schuman

 

Orthodox Chassidic women from a Breslov movement watch as men dance around a bonfire for Lag B'Omer.  Photo by: Sarah Schuman

Orthodox Chassidic women watch as men dance around a bonfire for Lag B’Omer in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim, Jerusalem. Photo by: Sarah Schuman

 

Two Ultra Orthodox Chassidic men from a Breslov movement talk, in Mea Shearim, as a bonfire goes in the background for Lag B'Omer.  Photo by: Sarah Schuman

Ultra Orthodox Chassidic men from a Breslov movement talk, in Mea Shearim, as a bonfire goes in the background for Lag B’Omer. Photo by: Sarah Schuman

 

I hope you enjoyed looking at the images and getting a glimpse of what the Jewish holiday Lag B’Omer is like in Jerusalem.  I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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3 comments

  1. Thanks so much for sharing! We miss you and hope you are truly enjoying all your experiences.Please continue to send us pictures and descriptions-we wish we can be there with you!


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