Lag B’Omer is the 33rd day of the Omer, or the counting of 49 days between Passover and Shavuot. Lag B’Omer is a happy day of celebration on which Jewish people spend time outside- a Jewish “field day” with bonfires and archery.
Since Lag B’Omer fell on a Sunday this year, our Rabbi suggested that the Sunday School celebrate the holiday together. When it came up at the Education Committee meeting, we all stared at each other, confused as to how to proceed. Most of us at the table had never heard of Lag B’Omer, much less celebrated it. And a bonfire? How are we going to make that happen? Bows and arrows? Whaaaaaaaa?!
My heart yearns for the images I see on Pinterest of huge bonfires and epic field day games. However, in our small community, we have to think a little more creatively. So tonight we will be gathering around 3 fire pits, lent to us for the evening by Education Committee members. We’re going to roast marshmallows, play games (sadly, no archery), and just enjoy each others’ company. I will be making adorable Lag B’Omer cupcakes as seen on Pinterest. It should be a wonderful celebration. I really respect that our members provide the children in our community with a diverse and thorough Jewish experience despite our small size and isolation.
The Zionist interpretation of Lag B’omer celebrates the fighting Jewish spirit. You can’t tell me that our little community doesn’t have fighting Jewish spirit to spare 🙂
Pictures of cupcakes to come!