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News and updates about Lag B'Omer

Hundreds of extremists destroy safety infrastructure at Meron

Police rescue women and children from Rashbi Tomb after extremists break into site, destroy partitions and fences and endanger lives.

Hundreds of extremists destroy safety infrastructure at Meron

Watch: Over 20 thousand people at Lag Ba'omer celebrations in Beit Shemesh

Huge crowd led by R' Meilech Biderman dwarfs this year's gathering in Meron.

Over 20 thousand at Lag Ba'omer celebrations in Beit Shemeshplayer

Lag BaOmer in Meron: 'They kept us there for hours without water or bathroom facilities'

Travelers to Meron recount horrendous journey with multiple forced "rest stops" in empty fields.

'They kept us there for hours without bathroom facilities'

Watch: Rebbe of Boyan opens Lag Ba'omer celebrations at Meron

The Rebbe of Boyan lights Meron bonfire as Lag Ba'omer celebration kicks off.

Rebbe of Boyan opens Lag Ba'omer celebrationsplayer

Watch: Firefighters put out improvised bonfire in Meron

Firefighters called to extinguish bonfire that was illegally lit at Lag Ba'omer celebrations in Meron.

Firefighters put out improvised bonfire in Meronplayer

Watch: Lighting candles in memory of Meron victims

45 candles lit on Mount Meron in memory of victims of last year's tragedy during Lag Ba'omer celebrations.

Lighting candles in memory of Meron victimsplayer

Hundreds flock to Africa's oldest synagogue for Lag Ba'omer

Annual pilgrimage to Ghriba synagogue in Djerba resumes after two-year hiatus due to COVID.

Hundreds flock to Africa's oldest synagogue for Lag Ba'omer

Watch: Thousands at Lag Ba'omer celebrations in Meron

Celebrations held under shadow of last year's tragedy in which 45 people were killed.

Watch: Thousands at Lag Ba'omer celebrations in Meronplayer

'The People shall rise up like Lions' - Lag Ba'Omer and Rav Kook

The incredible wonder of Lag Ba’Omer in Israel, where the revival of the Jewish Nation in Israel is a wonder that is impossible to explain.

'The People shall rise up like Lions'-Lag Ba'Omer and  Rav Kook

Lag Ba'Omer and Tikun Olam

What is the best way to make the world a better place. Revolution or Evolution? What was Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai's misconception?

Lag Ba'Omer and Tikun  Olam

Bennett: Follow the rules and stay safe at Meron

Prime Minister Bennett offers holiday greeting ahead of Lag B'Omer, urges visitors to Meron to follow the rules after last year's disaster.

Bennett: Follow the rules and stay safe at Meron

Extremists arrested for seeking to sabotage Meron celebration

Members of extremist haredi sect arrested with tools meant to sabotage communications infrastructure at large Lag B'Omer celebration.

Extremists arrested for seeking to sabotage Meron celebration

Chief Rabbi: Obey instructions at Meron

Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau says following last year's deadly disaster, visitors to Meron should obey all security instructions.

Chief Rabbi: Obey instructions at Meron

Member of investigative committee: 'Maintain just one bonfire on Mount Meron'

'Every year the gathering grows, the mountain has become too small to hold that number of people,' police superintendent says in testimony.

'Maintain just one bonfire on Mount Meron'

Rabbi Eliyahu Abergel: 'Lag Ba'omer bonfires at Meron are idolatry'

Rabbi Eliyahu Abergel, leading Jerusalem rabbi, says Lag Ba'omer bonfires 'have no benefit, the sages of the world opposed it.'

Rabbi: 'Lag Ba'omer bonfires at Meron are idolatry'

This is how Jewish day schools balanced Lag Ba'omer with news of the Meron tragedy

At Jewish day schools, principals struggle with how to celebrate Lag b’Omer and commemorate the tragedy at Meron.

This is how Jewish day schools balanced Lag Ba'omer with tragedy

44 people killed in huge crowd crush during Lag Ba'Omer celebrations in Meron

At least 44 killed, dozens more injured in mass crowd crush during Lag Ba'Omer celebrations in Meron.

44 people killed in huge crowd crush in Meron player

Watch: Lag Ba'Omer in Djerba

Jewish community in Tunisia celebrates Lag Ba'Omer with a special prayer in the Djerba synagogue.

Watch: Lag Ba'Omer in Djerbaplayer

Lag Ba'Omer & the hidden Torah of the Hebrew mission

How does the Jewish people's national story help human history attain its goal?

Lag Ba'Omer & the hidden Torah of the Hebrew mission

'We all pray for the healing of the victims'

Israeli leaders respond to the tragedy during Lag Ba’Omer celebrations in Meron, in which 50 people were injured.

'We all pray for the healing of the victims'

Arabs and Jews celebrate Lag Ba'Omer, Ramadan together in Dubai

Arabs from the United Arab Emirates and Israeli Jews celebrated Ramadan and Lag Ba'Omer together at a special ceremony in Dubai

Arabs and Jews celebrate Lag Ba'Omer, Ramadan together in Dubaiplayer

Man in critical condition after collapsing at Meron

Man in his 60s collapses at Rashbi's grave in Meron ahead of Lag B'Omer.

Man in critical condition after collapsing at Meron

Hundreds of thousands at Meron for Lag Ba'omer

Clashes between visitors to Meron and security forces ahead of mass Lag Ba'omer celebrations; two are arrested.

Hundreds of thousands at Meron for Lag Ba'omer

Watch: Gulf state ambassadors join Jewish communities for historic event

Ambassadors from three countries hold first joint Lag Ba'omer/ Iftar celebration with Jewish communities in the Gulf.

Watch historic event: Gulf ambassadors join Jewish communitiesplayer

Rabbi Edelstein: 'We do not travel to Meron'

Leading Lithuanian-haredi rabbi calls on followers not to travel to Meron on Lag Ba'omer. 'We do not travel; we sit and learn.'

Rabbi Edelstein: 'We do not travel to Meron'

Rabbi David Lau urges: Come to Meron early, leave for home early

Rabbi David Lau, Chief Rabbi of Israel, calls on public to leave Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's gravesite early on Friday.

Chief rabbi urges: Come to Meron early, leave for home early

Rabbi Akiva and Lag Ba'Omer

Who were the students of Rabbi Akiva that we should mourn their deaths so many centuries later?

Rabbi Akiva and Lag Ba'Omer

Rabbinic council: 'Traveling to Meron? Not on Friday'

Rabbinic council calls on Lag Ba'omer pilgrims to arrive in Meron Thursday evening, leave early Friday morning, to avoid Shabbat descration.

Rabbis: 'Traveling to Meron? Not on Friday'

R. Yehuda Bar Elai's celebrations return after more than a year

Staff at the holy site commemorating R. Yehuda Bar Elai are preparing to broadcast his memorial celebration to Jews around the world.

R. Yehuda Bar Elai's celebrations return after more than a year

Dep. Min. Meir Porush: 'I have no complaints against Bezalel Smotrich'

Dep. Ed. Min. Porush says Religious Zionism made 'a commitment to voters' not to join Arab-supported gov't. 'I have no complaints.'

Haredi MK: 'I have no complaints against Religious Zionism'

Ahead of Lag Ba'omer, PM Netanyahu meets haredi MKs

Police have not yet been issued updates on restrictions on gatherings in Meron over Lag Ba'omer, UTJ MKs say.

Ahead of Lag Ba'omer, PM Netanyahu meets haredi MKs

United Hatzalah completes emergency preparations for Lag Ba'omer

United Hatzalah completes preparations for safeguarding Lag Ba'omer event at Meron.

United Hatzalah completes emergency preparations for Lag Ba'omer

Min. Aryeh Deri: 'No limits on Lag Ba'omer pilgrimage to Meron'

'Infection rates are low, no reason to limit number of people in an open area,' Interior Min. Deri says.

Interior Minister: 'No limits on Lag Ba'omer pilgrimage'

A virtual tour in heritage sites for American students

Live broadcast offering virtual tour of Israel's historic sites 'meant the world' to quarantined students, Manhattan teacher says.

A virtual tour in heritage sites for American students

Hundreds of extremists break into Meron after Lag B'Omer

Extremists wait for police presence at Rashbi's tomb to begin to be reduced to break into holy site at end of Lag B'Omer.

Hundreds of extremists break into Meron after Lag B'Omerplayer

Drone show over the skies of Ramat Gan

36 drones create shapes over the city of Ramat Gan in honor of the holiday of Lag B'Omer.

Drone show over the skies of Ramat Ganplayer

Large crowds gather at bonfires in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh contrary to guidelines

Netanyahu orders that crowds around Lag B'Omer bonfires in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh be dispersed.

Large crowds gather at bonfires contrary to guidelinesplayer

Free Prayers in Meron through Yad L'Achim on Lag B'Omer

Have your names submitted for tefillah in Meron on the holy day of Lag B’Omer.

Free Prayers in Meron through Yad L'Achim on Lag B'Omer

MDA forces deployed in Meron for Lag B'Omer

Magen David Adom teams will arrive with two buses, ambulances, intensive care vehicles, command vehicles and other emergency vehicles.

MDA forces deployed in Meron

MK Eichler to Gafni: Those who do not value Meron should not preach morality

UTJ MK criticizes fellow party member for calling for MKs not to visit Meron on Lag B'Omer this year.

'Those who do not value Meron should not preach morality'