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Here is a collection of Lag BaOmer lesson plans, videos, and articles created by The Lookstein Center staff or contributed to the site by Jewish educators.
Lag BaOmer is a time of celebration and anticipation. It is a time to go outside, and perhaps have a bonfire, while the ongoing counting of the omer heightens our excitement for the upcoming holiday of Shavuot. Lag BaOmer is traditionally associated with the figure of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and the story of his emergence from the cave, which holds extra resonance this year as the world slowly begins to reopen. However you mark the holiday, Sefaria has texts and resources for you to use or adapt for your classroom, community, or family:
Counting the Omer is a mitzvah that connects Pesach to Shavuot, the Exodus from Egypt to the Giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. This period is also a time of mourning for the deaths of the twenty-four thousand students of Rabbi Akiva. This page offers links to a multitude of websites, online tools and more that will allow you or your student to walk away with a slew of information on all things Sefirat HaOmer related.