Below is a collection of Lag B’Omer lesson plans, videos, and articles created by The Lookstein Center staff or contributed to the site by Jewish educators.  

 

Lag B’Omer Holiday Overview

  • What: Lag B’Omer is the 33rd day of Sefirat Ha’Omer, the count of seven weeks between the Pesach and Shavuot holidays. This date is also the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the founder of the Kabbalah movement. 
  • When:  On the Hebrew calendar, its official date is the 18th of Iyyar. This year, Lag B’Omer falls out on the evening of Monday, May 11, 2020, until the following evening. 
  • How: Many people celebrate Lag B’Omer with bonfires, picnics, weddings, and live music (for many Ashkenazic Jews, this marks the start of the celebratory season, since the first half of the Omer count has now been completed). In Israel, many Jews make the pilgrimage to Meron in Northern Israel, to the burial site of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.
Lag B'Omer Vocabulary
English Transliteration

Translation

Hebrew

Sefirat Ha’Omer

The Count of the Omer

ספירת העומר

Medurah

Bonfire

מדורה

Hilula

Celebration, interpreted by some as the anniversary of a death

הילולה

Lag B'Omer Educational Themes
  • Strength, bravery
  • Jewish mysticism
  • Celebration of life

VIDEOS

Counting the Omer: The Basics of the Jewish Ritual – This video from Bimbam explores the custom of Sefirat Ha’Omer and its traditions.
Lag BaOmer: Who Was Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai? – This video from Aleph Beta explores the background and character of the Talmudic sage.

LESSON PLANS

What Day is It – Creative Ways to Remember the Day of the Omer –  In this lesson, students learn about counting the Omer, discover and analyze various Omer counting aids from the NLI collections, and create their own counter.
Lag B’Omer Haircuts on Mt. Meron – ​ In this lesson, students learn about the origins of Lag B’Omer and how it is celebrated on Mt. Meron.
Lag B’Omer Resources from Jewish Interactive – This complete digital toolkit includes games, instructions, and more.
Lag B’Omer Resources and Activities from the Jewish Agency – This comprehensive page includes explanations of holiday customs, activity ideas, and more.
Activities for Celebrating Lag B’Omer by JTeach – Download a free set of lesson plans and activities for teaching and celebrating Lag B’Omer.

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