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Lag B’Omer: Celebrating someone else’s death??!

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by Glick, Rabbi Yisroel

Lag B’Omer is a very festive day [celebrating the passing of the greatest Torah scholar of 2nd Century C.E., Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai…

 

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was the ultimate mystic. He authored the Zohar, the most prominent text of Kabbalah, and he brought mysticism to the masses,…he lived a life in pursuit of Divinity and was always focused on the purpose of all existence: uniting matter and spirit and making the mundane world Divine.

 

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai…knew that his passing meant that his life’s work was complete and…that his soul would know longer be limited by the confines of the body and would be closer than ever to G-d… Therefore…he said that the day of his passing was the day of his joy and one that his students should always celebrate.

 

…On Lag B’Omer, we celebrate… his life’s work which gave us the opportunity to access the infinite depths of the Torah…and which empowered each of us to live a life rich with meaning and alive with the spirit of the soul.”