R-E-S-P-E-C-T and the Meaning behind Lag B’Omer

Author Abigail Pogrebin once wrote that “the holiday of Lag B’Omer marks the lifting of the plague that killed 24,000 students of the famed 2nd Century Rabbi Akiva, and the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Shim’on Bar Yohai, one of the students who survived, who may have been spared due to his respect for fellow Jews.” To her, the sometimes unclear meaning behind Lag B’Omer may very well be that it is a holiday that elevates consideration of one another. On that basis, each year, SSDS creates a theme for Lag B’Omer centered around middot, or Jewish values. This year’s theme was The Wizard of Oz featuring middot connected to the characters of Dorothy (kehillah – community), Scarecrow (hokhma – wisdom), Tin Man (ahava – love), and the Lion (ometz -bravery). Each team also was aligned with a place in Jerusalem celebrating Yom Yerushalayim – the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. This student-led day, with our Middle School students serving as team leaders, is about empowering young leaders, the lessons of sportsmanship, and the building of kehillah – community.

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