Tbilisi Youth Celebrate Lag Ba’Omer

On May 18, 2014, the Young Jewish Club of Tbilisi went to a campsite near the city to celebrate Lag Ba’Omer. Lag Ba’Omer is the 33rd day between Passover and Shavuot, as a explained by one of the group’s leaders, and signifies the day that many of Rabbi Akiva’s students stopped dying of an illness during the time of war between the Jews and the Romans. During those 33 days it is traditional to mourn, as told, and one of those ways is not to be festive.

As a contrast though, on Lag Ba’Omer we are supposed to be happy so we dance, listen to music, play games, eat lots of food and have large bonfires. Participants from our group did just this by leading song sessions, teaching new games that simulated a battle between the Jews and the Romans, played a few rounds of capture the flag, and had a large bonfire similar to those in Israel today.

At the end of the day we went on a short hike. Only the group leader knew exactly where we were going but when we arrived we saw some the most magnificent landscapes in the country with only nature all around. There the group took many pictures, and said the blessing for seeing a beautiful sight.

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May 19, 2014 at 4:09 AM




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