Lag BaOmer

Pronunciations

Lag BaOmer (LAHG bah-OH-mer)
Lag Ba-Omer (LAHG ba-oh-mehr)

Definitions

  • n. The thirty-third day of the Omer on which the Omer's customs of semi-mourning pause for a day and on which it is a tradition to hold a bonfire and celebrate.

Example Sentences

  • "I just have to buy a new dress--we have three weddings to go to on Lag ba-Omer." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • לַ״ג בָּעוֹמֶר lag ba'omer 'lit. thirty-third in the Omer'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      Lag B'Omer, Lag baOmer, Lag b'Omer, Lag Ba'omer, Lag Baomer, Lag ba-Omer, Lag Ba-Omer

Notes

  • "No scholar is really sure what Lag ba-Omer commemorates: Some say it was a military victory; others say it marks the end of an ancient plague" (JPS).

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