Chabad Lubavitch of Central New York and Chabad House at Syracuse University will be celebrating Lag B'Omer this year with a grand BBQ and bonfire from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday May 12 at Millrun Park in Manlius. There will be good food, fun and lag B'Omer activities for children and adults. There is a $5 cover charge.
Lag B'Omer is the 33rd day of the Omer, (the 49 days of counting between Passover and Shavuot). The period of the counting of the Omer was originally a very joyous time, which marked the anticipation of the Jewish people to receive the Torah on Mt. Sinaai on the 50th day after leaving Egypt.
Lag B'omer is also the anniversary of the passing away of of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the Zohar (fundemental book of Jewish Mysticism) who was a disciple of Rabbi Akiva.
There is also a custom for children to have a bow and arrow on Lag B'Omer. This is to commemorate that during the lifetime of Rabbi Shhimon Bar Yochai, there was no need for a rainbow to appear to signify God's promise never to flood the world since Rabbi Shimon's righteousness was sufficient.
For more information and to RSVP please call Chabad at 424 0363 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.