Daily Israel Report
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  5/19/2014, Iyar 19, 5774

Lag Ba'omer Celebrations Continue in Tunisia


While the delayed Lag Ba'omer bonfires in the Galilee community of Meron broke up before dawn on Monday, thousands in the northern African nation of Tunisia were scheduled to continue a celebration which began with last week's anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Meir Ba'al Haness. Security was tightened as bearers of Israeli passports were allowed to join the festivities at the principal synagogues in the Harah Kabira and Harah Sa'ira neighborhoods of the island of Djerba.

A prominent feature of the celebration is a procession with pyramid of menoras (candelabra) on a mobile platform. The menoras are decorated with the symbols of the 12 tribes of Israel, revered Tunisian rabbis and blessings marking the passing of Rabbi Meir Ba'al Haness and Rabbi Shim'on Bar Yohai.