Lag BaOmer


Lag BaOmer (LAHG bah-OH-mer) listen
Lag BaOmer (LAHG bah-OH-mehr) listen


  • 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


  • 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)


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


      • 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


  • "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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