Revach L'Neshama RSS feed for - Section: MOADIM Category:LAG BAOMER Copyright 2007, Revach L'Neshama en-US Revach L'Neshama Logo 144 31 Sat, 27 Nov 2021 03:00:00 +0000 240 6 Reasons Why We Rejoice On Lag BaOmer Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai's Yahrtzeit But Fast On Moshe Rabbeinu's Yahrtzeit The Shulchan Aruch (OC 580:2) says that the day a Tzaddik was niftar is a fast day such as Adar 7 for Moshe Rabbeinu.  Yet Lag BaOmer, the yahrtzeit of Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai is a day of happiness.  What is the difference?  The Sefer Ohr HaYikod Heim Yokdim gathered a list of reasons.  Among them include,

1.  Rebbi Shimon himself called it Yom Simchaseinu.  The Shach paskens (YD 344:9) that if someone requests not to mourn him on his yahrtzeit we listen to him.  Rav Chaim Vital says that Rebbi Shimon appeared to the Arizal and complained of someone saying Nacheim on his yahrtzeit.

2.  Moshe Rabbeinu did not fulfill his desired mission of bringing Bnei Yisroel into Eretz Yisroel. Rebbi Shimon was very happy about the day of his petira.

3.  When Moshe was taken 3,000 halachos were forgotten.  When Rebbi Shimon was niftar many Sodos HaTorah were revealed in the Idra Zuta.

4.  Lag BaOmer we celebrate that Rebbi Shimon eluded death at the hands of the emperor.  It was only celebrated after his petira in order not to anger the Romans.  The day of his petira was the appropriate day since had he been killed by the Romans he would not have been buried.

5.  Death of a tzaddik causes a celebration in Shamayim and mourning on earth.  When Rebbi Shimon was niftar the celebrations in Shamayim were revealed to the world who partook in the simcha.

6.  Rebbi Shimon left behind a son worthy of filling his role.  Moshe Rabbeinu did not.

Thu, 10 May 2012 03:00:00 +0000
The Death of Yehuda Ben Geirim The Nemesis Of Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai

After Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai spoke against the Romans, Yehuda Ben Geirim repeated his words and the Romans heard and sentenced Rebbi Shimon to death. When Rebbi Shimon finally came out of the cave and saw Yehuda was still alive, he gave him a look that turned him into a pile of bones.

Tosfos says that this Yehuda be Geirim was a talmid of Rebbi Shimon whom Rebbi Shimon greatly respected. Therefore says Tosfos the proper wording of the gemara must be that Rebbi Shimon looked at him and he died, but no that he turned into a pile of bones. The Anaf Yosef asks, would Rebbi Shimon kill a tzaddik over this incident? Therefore he says that this was a different Yehuda ben Geirim who had done sufficient aveiros to merit this horrible death, and Rebbi Shimon's talmid was a different person by the same name.

Rashi says that he died in a way that he looked like he was long ago dead as all that remained was a pile of bones. Why did he die this way? The Ben Ish Chai in Ben Yehoada says that had he just died when Rebbi Shimon met him, the Roman would have accused the Jews of killing him. Therefore he died in way that it looked like he died long ago so that no accusations would be made.

Sun, 22 May 2011 03:00:00 +0000
Bnei Yisaschar - Lag BaOmer the Magic Number Rebbi Yochanan Ben Zakai asked his five talmidim to go find the “good way a person should attach himself to” (Avos 2:8-9).  The answer Rebbi Yochanan Ben Zakai liked best came from Rebbi Elazar Ben Arach who said “Lev Tov”.  The Bnei Yisaschar explains that the talmidim were supposed to base their answer on the Torah’s first use of the word “Tov”. Rebbi Elazar Ben Arach said Lev Tov because the first time the Torah mentions the word Tov is after thirty-two words, the numerical equivalent of Lev.  

This answer found the most favor in the eyes of Rebbi Yochanan Ben Zakai because it was the most general and included all the other answers within it.  The key is Lev Tov.  Lev Tov says the Bnei Yisaschar is 49 in gematria.  Working on your Lev Tov is the best way to prepare for Matan Torah.

Chazal tell us the word Tov refer to the Torah.   Sefiras HaOmer can be divided into two parts the first part Lev, 32 days and the second part Tov, 17 days.  Lag BaOmer the 33rd day is the first day and the earliest sign of the light of Torah emanating from Matan Torah.  It is the first day of Tov.  On Lag BaOmer, through the teachings of Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the light of the Torah is revealed to us.  It shines brighter each day leading up to the day we eagerly await, the day of Kabalas HaTorah.

Sun, 02 May 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Why Meiron For an Upsherin-Chalaka? A Hint From Rav Nachman MiBreslov The Arizal was known to bring his son to Meiron on Lag BaOmer for a haircut (Tshuvos V’Hanhagos 2:246).  What is the connection between Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai and haircuts?  

Rav Nachman MiBreslov quotes the Gemara in Shabbos (138b).  The Chachomim in Yavneh predicted glumly that in the end of the days Torah will be forgotten from Klal Yisroel. Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai boldly refuted this by referring to the pasuk in VaYeilech (Devorim 31:21) “Ki Loi SiShokach MiPi Zaroi”, literally meaning “it will not be forgotten from the mouth of the children.”  Rav Nachman points out that the last letters of these words spell “Yochai” the father of Rebbi Shimon.  The hidden meaning says Rav Nachman, is that since Rebbi Shimon wrote the Zohar and the Zohar explicitly says that learning the Zohar will take us out of Galus and bring Moshiach.  Therefore the pasuk mean that the Torah will not be forgotten “because of the child” of Yochai who wrote the Zohar.

Rav Yosef Berger in his Gilyon Peninim U’Parpera’os suggests that since the three old haircut is a child’s rite of passage into Chinuch, we therefore bring the children to Meiron for this ceremony to show how true Rebbi Shimon’s words still remain after a bitter two thousand year galus.  The children are on their way to be indoctrinated into Torah and Mitzvos.  The children have truly not forgotten.

Sun, 02 May 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai: Is the Trend Your Friend? The Gemara in Succah (45b) quotes Rebbi Shimon, "I have seen the people "on top" and they are few. If there are 1,000, I and my son are among them. If there are 100, I and my son are among them, if there are 2, I and my son are among them." The Likutei Basar Likutei explains that Rebbi Shimon is saying that even if doing the right thing is not very popular and not in vogue one must nevertheless act properly. Rebbi Shimon taught us that no matter how many or few people choose to follow the right path I and my son will. Even if it means we are the only 2 standing against world.

Bar Yochai Fortunate is the one who gave birth to you, Fortunate is the Nation who learns your Torah!

Fri, 23 May 2008 03:00:00 +0000