Created 12-May-22

Lag BaOmer, is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, which occurs on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar. One reason given for the holiday is as the day of passing of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai (author of the Zohar). Modern Jewish tradition links the holiday to the Bar Kokhba Revolt against the Roman Empire (132-135 CE).
Photos show the traditional bonfires constructed in advance of the holiday. Schoolboys of all ages can be seen at this time collecting timber from any available source to build the bonfires.
Some of the shots demonstrate that the occasion is of importance as a spectacle. Thus we see a rehabilitated chair on makeshift ground cover supported by huge wooden cable spools serving as cocktail tables for the occasion. The family patriarch or matriarch will be seated in their full glory. Spectator sports don’t come any better.