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Prof. Yael Zerubavel
What REALLY Happened on Lag Ba’Omer: The Multiple Traditions of Lag Ba’Omer—A Jewish-Israeli View (Zoom Only)

May 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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Part of our “What REALLY Happened on…” series

Lag Ba’Omer (the 33rd day of the counting of the omer from Passover to Shavu’ot) first appeared in the Middle Ages as a fairly obscure holiday connected to Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Much later, Zionist interpretation linked it to the Bar Kokhba revolt against the Roman empire (132-135 C.E). The revolt ended in catastrophic destruction and the rabbis of that time and thereafter treated Bar Kokhba with great ambivalence, but the Zionist movement valorized him as a hero of national liberation and gave rise to new lore. This minor holiday thus offers a fascinating case study of transforming traditions, the reshaping of Jewish memory, and the coexistence of various ritual traditions in contemporary Israel.

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Thursday, May 16 @ 5–6:30pm; FREE

Image: Coins minted during the Bar Kokhba Revolt


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