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Watch: Lag B'Omer, Reminder of Messianic Rebellion

Famous scholar Rabbi Berel Wein explains the holiday's connection to revolt against Roman occupation and message of resilience.

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IDF soldier prays at the front line (illustration)
IDF soldier prays at the front line (illustration)
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In time for the Jewish holiday Lag B'Omer, Arutz Sheva sat down with noted scholar and historian Rabbi Berel Wein to learn more about the meaning behind the festivities.

The rabbi explained how the holiday is tied to the deaths of 24,000 students of the Talmudic-era sage Rabbi Akiva during the Bar Kochkba rebellion against the Roman occupation of Israel just under 2,000 years ago.

He noted the message of the holiday and of the Jewish people is one of resilience, rebuilding from tragedy and remembering that "the L-rd is protecting us."