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  4/18/2013, Iyar 8, 5773

Chief Rabbinate: Delay Lag Ba'Omer Bonfires to Sunday


The Chief Rabbinate decided, Thursday, that because of the fact that Lag Ba'Omer starts on Saturday night, April 27th, the traditional bonfires for the observance should not be lit until Sunday night. The rabbinate was concerned that the Sabbath would be desecrated by people making preparations for the bonfires, if not lighting them before the end of Shabbat.

In response, the Education Ministry is making Monday, April 29th a school holiday to allow students to rest after staying up all night around the bonfires. Firefighting services are prepared to set up operations for Sunday evening.