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News and updates about Lag Ba'Omer

United Hatzalah: 47 people treated so far in Meron

United Hatzalah EMS volunteers treat 47 people in Meron, mostly for minor injuries.

United Hatzalah: 47 people treated so far in Meron

Australia kicks off Lag Ba'omer celebrations

Australia becomes first in the world to begin Lag Ba'omer celebrations this year - with a tribute to last year's disaster victims in Israel.

Australia kicks off Lag Ba'omer celebrations

Insurance companies won't cover Lag Ba'omer events

Following disaster last year, insurance companies in Israel & abroad refuse to cover Lag Ba'omer events at Mount Meron and other locations.

Insurance companies won't cover Lag Ba'omer events

Twenty rabbis beg: Follow instructions

Ahead of Lag Ba'omer holiday, twenty haredi rabbis urge public to avoid conflicts, follow rules set by Meron organizers.

Twenty rabbis beg: Follow instructions

Emor + Lag BaOmer

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai will not give up on anything and it is impossible for him to compromise and wait for things to unfold.

Emor + Lag BaOmer

'Tickets for Lag Ba'omer event are nearly sold out'

'Not everyone who wants to will be able to come,' Lag Ba'omer project manager Zvika Tesler says.

'Tickets for Lag Ba'omer event are nearly sold out'

On Mount Meron, the last of 63 illegal structures is demolished

Over the past year, authorities have worked to demolish 63 dangerous and illegal structures spread across Mount Meron.

On Mount Meron, the last of 63 illegal structures is demolished

Karlin hasidim fighting to increase presence on Mount Meron

Hasidic sect brings engineer in effort to pressure authorities into increasing number of people allowed to participate in Lag Ba'omer event.

Karlin hasidim fighting to increase presence on Mount Meron

Leading rabbi: Don't visit Meron on Lag Ba'omer

'We knowthe government has no help from Heaven, I am very very afraid of what will happen on Lag Ba'omer,' Rabbi David Yosef says.

Leading rabbi: Don't visit Meron on Lag Ba'omer

Police official on Lag Ba'omer event: 'We're stretched to the limit'

'We'll know about every bus that leaves & comes, we'll prevent those who shouldn't be there from reaching Mt. Meron,' police official says.

Police official on Lag Ba'omer: 'We're stretched to the limit'

Entry to Meron on Lag Ba'omer to be by travel ticket only

Those wishing to visit Meron on Lag Ba'omer will need to pre-register, limit time spent at the site.

Entry to Meron on Lag Ba'omer to be by travel ticket only

In Meron, hope for things to turn out differently this year

Less than two months to Lag Ba'omer: Mount Meron looks completely different; the structures were demolished & the area has been cleared out.

In Meron, hope for things to turn out differently this year

Buildings at gravesite of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai demolished

Following court ruling, State demolishes illegal buildings at site of mass casualty stampede.

Buildings at gravesite of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai demolished

New law to require Lag Ba'omer pilgrims to receive special permit?

Legal memorandum will allow Religious Affairs Minister to permit only one bonfire at gravesite of Rashbi on Mount Meron, report says.

Will Lag Ba'omer pilgrims be required to receive special permit?

New plan for Lag Ba'omer in Meron unveiled

Number of visitors limited to 20,000 instead of a half-million, private vehicles will be barred from site.

New plan for Lag Ba'omer in Meron unveiled

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'

Tragedies and humanity

Tragedies occur on a regular basis in all human societies, and they have done so since the beginning of recorded human history. Op-ed.

Tragedies and humanity

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

Who was Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai whose grave is in Meron?

What made Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's grave the pilgrimage site for hundreds of thousands on Lag Ba'Omer?

Who was Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai whose grave is in Meron?

'One of Israel's worst disasters. People were crushed to death'

Dov Maisel, Director of Operations at United Hatzalah, on Meron tragedy: One of Israel’s worst disasters, I have no words.

'One of Israel's worst disasters. People were crushed to death'player

Documentation of disaster in Meron

Watch: Moment of tragedy during Lag Ba'Omer celebrations in Meron.

Documentation of disaster in Meronplayer

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

The spirit of Israel is the spirit of Rabbi Akiva and Rashbi

Oz Torah: The paradoxes of Lag Ba'Omer, the story of a Jewish Pope and the Torah's view of cosmetic surgery.

The spirit of Israel is the spirit of Rabbi Akiva and Rashbi

Participate in the Hillullah of the Rashbi

And anyone who was there . . . his soul and his entire being were enthralled in the experience and yearn to once again see this great sight.

Participate in the Hillullah of the Rashbi player

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'

Lag Ba'Omer 5781

This semi-holiday is utterly unique in the calendar of the Jewish people.because it commemmorates a passive event.

Lag Ba'Omer 5781

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

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'

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

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai - The special power to look deeply inside yourself

The power of Rashbi to see the pure essence of any Jewish soul is probably the main reason that millions of Jews visit his grave every year

Rashbi - The special power to look deeply inside yourself

Secret of the Zohar

Author Tzvi Fishman insists Torah learning is greatest light there is and offers his new book, Secret of the Zohar, as a free download.

Secret of the Zohar

Lag Ba'Omer festivities in Meron commence

Lag Ba'omer events take place this year subject to Health Ministry directives.

Lag Ba'Omer festivities in Meron commenceplayer

Watch: Police block roads to Meron

Police begin extensive enforcement operation to prevent banned gathering at Rashbi tomb in Meron during pandemic.

Watch: Police block roads to Meronplayer

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.

Religious Zionism completes bonfire preparationsplayer

Reclaiming Lag Ba'Omer

There is no halakhic significance to lighting bonfires, but there are strong halakhic injunctions to protect the environment.

Reclaiming Lag Ba'Omer