Lag B’omer coincides this year with Mother’s Day and Chabad of Charlotte is inviting all Jewish families of the Greater Charlotte area to join together for an exciting family fun day at William R Davie Park in southeast Charlotte.
There will be music, children’s activities, arts and crafts, and a delicious Kosher barbeque dinner. All mom’s in attendance will be part of a raffle for a special mother’s day prize.
The event starts at 4:00 pm with a barbeque dinner at 5:00 pm at Davie Park, 4635 Pineville- Matthews Road in Charlotte. Fee $15 per person and $45 per family until May 7. Starting May 8, the price will increase to $18 per person and $50 per family.
Lag B’omer is a day of bon fires and outdoor fun in Israel as people throughout the country celebrate the life of Rabbi Akiva’s students and his prime disciple, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. According to Jewish tradition Lag B’omer was the day that a major epidemic that afflicted the disciples of Rabbi Akiva in the days of the Talmud ended. The jubilation carries even today as we reflect the major impact it had on Jewish life in Israel. Lag B’omer also marks the anniversary of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yocahi’s ascension to heaven. Rabbi Shimon is most famous and revered in the Talmud as one of the greatest leaders of the Jews in the harsh days of the Roman occupation of Israel.
The Zohar relates that, Rabbi Shimon assembled his closest disciples on Lag B’omer and taught them the secrets of Kabbalah. A fiery pillar surrounded him as he uttered the word life and his soul ascended upwards with the fire. It is an ancient tradition to light bon fires all over Israel.
Lag B’omer is the day that breaks the period of mourning between Passover and Shavuot and is a day reserved for fun, games and barbeque.
For more information on this event please visit our website at: chabadnc.net. or call our office at 704-366-3984.