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Author:  770MAN
E-mail:  28@2809.com
Date:  5/10/2004 3:51:00 PM
Subject:  LAG BOMER
Message:  On Lag Bomer we dance in front of a bonfire and sign the song Bar Yochai. But why? Why a weird nocturnal flame ritual for this one tanna, and no other? Because he may or may not have written the Zohar? So, is the Mishna chopped liver? How come we're not out howling at the moon, and dancing in a bonfire's eerie glow on Rabbi Yehuda haNasi's deathday?

I've read that the bonfire idea was borrowed from christians who, as early as the 10th century, were building them in honor of their saints. There's no record of Jews doing the same until the 17th centruy.

More proof that hasidim is just a mixture of avodah zara, black magic, and ignorance?

Reply:  I don't know what they do, but it would only be right to celebrate Lag BaOmer in the way that Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai would have celebrated. Learn, learn, and learn. Then maybe go out & kill anyone who was out there making bonfires....

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