Lag Ba'Omer festivities in Meron commence

Lag Ba'omer events take place this year subject to Health Ministry directives.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/11/2020, 6:20 PM

Watch: Police block roads to Meron

Police begin extensive enforcement operation to prevent banned gathering at Rashbi tomb in Meron during pandemic.Mordechai Sones, 5/11/2020, 6:10 PM

Religious Zionism completes bonfire preparations

This year due to pandemic there will be limited number of bonfires with only 50 participants; Lighting to be broadcast live on Arutz Sheva.Yoni Kempinski, 5/11/2020, 4:11 PM

Reclaiming Lag Ba'Omer

There is no halakhic significance to lighting bonfires, but there are strong halakhic injunctions to protect the environment. Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth, 5/11/2020, 1:19 PM

Jerusalem preschools to open on Lag Ba'omer

Beit Shemesh Mayor Aliza Bloch calls on government to decide whether preschools should open on Lag Ba'omer, says parent pressure is 'wrong.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/8/2020, 2:42 PM

Meron residents ask government to permit Lag Ba'omer rentals

Residents of northern town where Lag Ba'omer celebrations are traditionally held ask government to cancel COVID-19 restrictions on rentals.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/8/2020, 2:18 PM

MDA preparing for this year's limited Lag BaOmer events at Meron

Amid coronavirus pandemic, medical teams preparing for scaled-down festivities at Meron in northern Israel.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/7/2020, 3:16 PM

Watch: Lag Ba'omer celebrations at Beit El yeshiva

Yeshiva Head Rabbi Zalman Melamed opens celebrations with traditional torch-lighting, after which students and locals commence dancing.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/23/2019, 8:23 AM

Lag Ba'Omer: The secrets of the bonfire

Judy Simon delves into Lag Ba'Omer and the bonfires. Gather round, Secrets revealed.Judy Simon, 5/23/2019, 1:20 AM

Lag Ba’omer vs. Eurovision: The blessings and the curses

The rise of anti-Semitism and the curse of Exile.Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitschak Reuven, 5/22/2019, 8:29 PM

Watch: Lag Ba'omer celebrations in Meron

Tens of thousands arrive at burial place of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai for Lag Ba'omer torch-lighting and celebration.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/22/2019, 7:33 PM

Jerusalem municipality begins dismantling bonfires

Dozens of would-be bonfires dismantled by Jerusalem municipality due to weather-induced safety concerns.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/22/2019, 4:10 PM

Chief rabbis: 'Reduce the number of Lag Ba'omer bonfires'

'Obey the instructions of rescue forces and avoid lighting fires in dangerous places,' chief rabbis say, ahead of expected heat wave.Hezki Baruch, 5/21/2019, 1:46 PM

Extreme heat wave towards end of week

On Lag Ba'omer, bonfire holiday, temperatures expected to hit 104F prompt general bonfire ban.Chana Roberts, 5/21/2019, 12:29 PM

Lag Ba'Omer and weddings

There are differences of customs among the different communities. Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 5/20/2019, 11:34 PM

Will the Fire and Rescue Authority ban all Lag Ba'omer bonfires?

Heat wave may force Fire and Rescue Authority to ban all bonfires, due to the risk of flames spreading out of control.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/20/2019, 1:51 PM

Just like any other country...

The US does incorporates its founding majority religion into the state and so do we - our own way. This week's article in the Thank G-d for Israel series. David Ben Horin, 5/7/2018, 5:23 PM

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu got it right on sexual abuse

It would have been a travesty of Jewish ethics had convicted predator "Rabbi" Eliezer Berland been able to make a grand entrance to the Meron Lag Ba'Omer festivities. Tzvi Lev, 5/4/2018, 12:24 PM

Pilgrimage to Tunisia synagogue ends without incident

About 3,000 people took part in annual Jewish pilgrimage to Ghriba synagogue on island of Djerba.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/4/2018, 4:04 AM

Watch: Lag Ba'omer celebrations continue in Meron

Hundreds of thousands celebrate at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, as Lag Ba'omer festivities continue this morning.Yoni Kempinski, Meron, 5/3/2018, 11:01 AM

Up to 30 injured in Stamford Hill Lag Ba'omer explosion

Multiple people treated following explosion as bonfire lit for Lag Ba'omer celebrations in London Hasidic community.Tal Polon, 5/3/2018, 9:18 AM

Meet the teacher of Mystical Torah

Why do we celebrate Lag B'Omer if it's the anniversary of Rabbi Shimon's death?Judy Simon, 5/3/2018, 5:15 AM

Worshippers flock to Tunisia synagogue for Lag Ba'Omer

Thousands of pilgrims celebrate Lag Ba'Omer at the Ghriba synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/3/2018, 4:15 AM

How Rabbi Akiva changed the world

When do we know a sign is from above? Is there a time to heed signs or could the challenge possibly be to ignore them?The Land Of Israel Network, 5/3/2018, 3:15 AM

Tzohar: Safety supersedes traditional bonfires

Rabbi David Stav: Even Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai would prefer that we act in a responsible and safe manner.Yoni Kempinski, 5/2/2018, 2:01 PM

Lag Ba'Omer: The unusual holiday

Insights into different aspects of Jewish heritage.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 5/1/2018, 12:45 PM

The fire and bow of Rabbi Simeon bar Yochai

The fire stays lit and the arrows fly true in the hearts of Jewish soldiers and Torah scholars. Former MK Yaakov Katz, 5/22/2017, 11:34 PM

3 arrested for burning Israeli flag on Lag Ba'Omer

Adult and 2 teenagers arrested for burning Israeli flag on Lag Ba'Omer. Police seek suspects in burning of effigies of soldiers.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/17/2017, 5:21 PM

Watch: Lag Baomer festivities in Meron

Watch this year's Lag Baomer celebrations, held at the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/14/2017, 12:46 AM

Tens of thousands spent Shabbat in Meron

50,000 people spend Shabbat prior to Lag Baomer in tents in Meron, Magen David Adom and United Hatzalah prepare for any possible emergency.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/13/2017, 9:20 PM

Finance Minister works to aid Meron visitors

Finance Minister says Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's gravesite 'close to his heart,' promises to do everything he can to aid site's visitors.Michal Levi, 3/25/2017, 11:43 PM

Residents honor terror victim on Lag Ba’omer

In addition to traditional commemoration of Rashbi, Ramat Beit Shemesh residents honor terror victim Rabbi Yeshiyahu Krishevsky.Shoshana Miskin, 5/26/2016, 7:31 PM

Fires across Jerusalem force evacuations

Out of control blaze in Ramot forest likely caused by Lag BaOmer bonfire, while fires rage near Gilo neighborhood and Mevaseret.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/26/2016, 2:20 PM

Watch: Lag Ba'Omer celebration shows Jewish unity

Jewish Americans say Meron bonfire is the "craziest" they've ever seen.Eliran Aharon, 5/26/2016, 5:42 AM

Introducing: Yeshivas Ohr Rashbi

With Lag Ba'Omer almost upon us, we invite you to be a vital part of an amazing project.Arutz Sheva staff, 5/25/2016, 10:13 PM

PM makes surprise visit at Lag Ba'Omer bonfire

Prime Minister surprises residents of Kiryat HaYovel neighborhood in capital, joining them ahead of Lag Ba'Omer Thursday night.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/25/2016, 8:56 PM

Watch: Masses at Meron for Lag Ba'Omer Hilula

Traditional bonfire celebration run by Boyan hassidic sect draws hundreds of thousands. Arutz Sheva is at the scene.Arutz Sheva staff, 5/25/2016, 8:03 PM

Uproar over men-only road to Meron

Lag Ba'Omer 'Hilula' celebration has two roads - one for men and one for women - despite anti-segregation laws.Tova Dvorin, 5/25/2016, 5:17 PM

Chabad creates colorful children's Bible

Children across Israel to receive copies at Lag Ba'Omer festivities.Arutz Sheva staff, 5/25/2016, 4:08 PM

Celebrate Lag Ba’omer safely

Building a fire, watching a fire, extinguishing a fire. Do you know what to do?Shoshana Miskin, 5/23/2016, 2:16 PM

Tunisian Official Denies Terror Threats

"There are no threats" against Israelis or Jews, insists Tunisian official after Israel issues a travel warning.Elad Benari, 5/3/2015, 4:40 AM

Jews Warned of Terror Attack Plots in Tunisia

Counter-Terrorism Bureau issues warning that Jews should not visit Tunisia over concrete info regarding Lag Ba'Omer terror plot.Ari Yashar, 5/2/2015, 11:25 PM

Muslim Terrorists Stab Jewish Man in Tunisia

Gabriel Ozen, 38, saved by local shop owners. But the terrorist is freed after just one hour - and threats of a Muslim riot.Haim Lev, 5/25/2014, 1:22 PM

An 'Upsherin' for the Son of an SLA Soldier

David, 3, undergoes ritual hair-cutting ceremony in Meron - in culmination of a family's rescue from abuse.Haim Lev, 5/21/2014, 9:38 PM

Haaretz 'Fabricated' Story About 'Settler Attack'

Leftist publication called out by Arutz Sheva blogger, after reporting on Lag Ba'omer 'assault' which never happened.Ari Soffer, 5/19/2014, 2:43 PM

Watch Arutz Sheva's Lag Ba'omer Video Broadcast

Arutz Sheva gives you coverage and interviews from the Tomb of Rashbi in Meron and the Tomb of Shimon Hatzadik in Jerusalem.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/19/2014, 2:58 AM

Meron: 300 People Treated by MDA

Medical teams still stationed in Meron to treat additional injuries after hundreds treated at crowded bonfire site.Avi Yogev, 5/18/2014, 8:24 AM

In Pictures: Celebrating Lag Ba'omer in Meron

Festivities kick off in the northern Israeli city of Meron as pilgrims flock to the Tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/18/2014, 3:09 AM

Lag Ba'Omer at the Tomb of Shimon Hatzaddik

Lag Ba'omer celebrations took place in Jerusalem at the tomb of Shimon the Righteous.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/18/2014, 3:08 AM

Thousands on Their Way to Meron for Lag Ba'omer

The annual festivities at the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in the north are ready to kick off, as police and medics prepare.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/17/2014, 8:47 PM

Lag Ba'Omer: Rashbi Returns

Rashbi, the central figure of Lag Ba'omer celebrations, was on a higher plane than ordinary humans.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 5/17/2014, 10:10 AM

Lag Ba'Omer Pilgrims to Visit Ancient Tunisia Shul

Lag Ba'omer pilgrims to visit Ghriba synagogue on island of Djerba, amid controversy over Israeli visas.AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/16/2014, 4:15 PM

Low Turnout for Meron Lag Ba'omer Celebrations?

Officials in Meron cite transportation restrictions as a factor; city already overcrowded several days before event.Benny Toker, 5/16/2014, 4:01 PM

MDA Releases Safety Guidelines Before Lag Ba'omer

Building a fire, watching a fire, extinguishing a fire. Do you know what to do?Tova Dvorin, 5/16/2014, 1:59 PM

Hareidi Media Calls for Inquiry into Meron Crisis

Hareidi media calls for inquiry over organizational failures that left tens of thousands stranded.Maayana Miskin, 4/29/2013, 2:27 PM

New York Joins Lag Ba'Omer Celebrations

The Jewish community in New York celebrated Lag Ba'Omer with bonfires and lots of singing and dancing. Arutz Sheva was there.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/29/2013, 2:19 AM

EU Parliament Official in Shomron for Lag Ba'Omer

Surprise guest at Lag Ba'omer bonfire in Samaria: Dep. Chair of EU Foreign Relations comes to Kfar Tapuach directly from airport.David Lev and David Ha'Ivri, 4/28/2013, 7:34 PM