Lag B'Omer is a holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the Omer, a period of mourning in the Jewish calendar, while also symbolizing the hope of great new beginnings.
For those unfamiliar with the traditions and customs of Lag B'Omer, it is a day that holds great significance within Judaism. It is regarded as the day that Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a great Jewish scholar, passed away. Furthermore, it is a day that marks the end of a plague that killed thousands of Rabbi Akiva's students in ancient times. Thus, Lag B'Omer is a time to reflect on these great scholars' teachings and celebrate the Jewish people's resilience and perseverance. It is a day of hope and renewal, and the festivities we enjoyed at Barrack were a perfect way to mark the occasion.
The day started with a sense of excitement amongst the students as they arrived and eagerly anticipated the celebration soon to come. After a few class periods, it finally arrived. The school grounds were transformed into a carnival-like atmosphere with colorful decorations, music, and the smell of delicious food swirling through the air. 11th grade volunteers served food as students surveyed the activities. JLI had set up several games, including archery and tennis, which were a hit amongst the students.
The day's highlight was the small campfire built in the field behind the Dining Commons. It provided a perfect opportunity for us to come together, talk amongst one another, and roast marshmallows. The warmth of the fire and the camaraderie between students created a sense of unity and togetherness that was truly special.