News Brief 5/9/2012, Iyar 17, 5772
A Call for Ecological and Spiritual Lag B’Omer
Rabbis and environmentalists are urging Jews to focus on the meaning of Lag B’Omer instead of the dangerous bonfires that cause pollution. The holiday begins after sundown Wednesday.
All-night bonfires are popular, especially among youth, but the forecast of dry and hot weather creates a danger of sparks setting off forest fires, especially in the area of Meron, bear Tzfat in the upper Galilee.