Lag B'omer – Bow and Arrow
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May 10, 2012 1:54 am at 1:54 am #603336UnderstandMember
Why do kids play with bow and arrows on Lag B’omer. Tried asking around and nobody seemed to have an answer.May 10, 2012 3:18 am at 3:18 am #1075928shtiky shloMember
ur name is very symbolicMay 10, 2012 4:03 am at 4:03 am #1075929shmoelMember
It signifies our inner desire to fulfil our mitzvah regarding Amaleikis.
Oy! Its too bad we don’t know who is an Amaleiki, unfortunately precluding us from fulfilling the mitzvah today!May 10, 2012 4:20 am at 4:20 am #1075930Sam2Participant
Shmoel: Makor? I’ve heard a lot of explanations, none of which are satisfactory.May 10, 2012 1:47 pm at 1:47 pm #1075931tzaddiqMember
it is symbolic to the fact that a keshes (rainbow) did not appear throughout the lifetime of Rashb”i, because of the great source of zechusim he had for his entire generation.May 10, 2012 2:54 pm at 2:54 pm #1075932shmoelMember
Sam, I was just baiting the wolf. He is so pliable to fall for such gags. If I wouldn’t have told you this, he would have been sure to tell us what an apikorus he is since he would never kill an Amaleiki. Now I better protect myself before he tries to bite me.May 10, 2012 2:56 pm at 2:56 pm #1075933R.T.Participant
That is correct tzaddiq. The rainbow did not appear during Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai’s lifetime, because it did not rain during the day. It only rained during the night (when people were at home, not in the markets, fields). The great Zechut is that the agriculture flourished in his lifetime on account of the nighttime rain.May 10, 2012 6:00 pm at 6:00 pm #1075934Sam2Participant
Shmoel: Interesting. That should be Lifnei Iver, no? You attempted to get someone to admit that he would be Mevatel a Mitzvah.
R.T.: That’s an interesting P’shat. I always thought it was just a Nes that even when nature called for a rainbow, HKBH made one not show up. Yours makes more sense though, and doesn’t decrease the necessary Yad Hashem (because HKBH chooses when it rains). I like your P’shat actually. A lot. Thank you.May 10, 2012 6:32 pm at 6:32 pm #1075935R.T.Participant
Thank you Sam2. But I give credit to one of my Rabbeim, R’ A.Y. Eisenberger who gave a shiur on this topic (a decade ago) and that’s where I learned this answer.May 6, 2015 7:18 pm at 7:18 pm #1075936JosephParticipant
Why don’t those who say la’omer when counting each night call it Lag La’Omer?May 6, 2015 8:26 pm at 8:26 pm #1075937HaLeiViParticipant
I think RT is confusing Rebbe Shimon bar Yochai with Rebbe Shimon ben Shetach.May 6, 2015 8:30 pm at 8:30 pm #1075938HaLeiViParticipant
Joseph, three reasons.
1) I heard the reason is that it is the Rema’s Yohrtzeit and he holds Ba’omer.
2) The name was coined by the Ba’omer people.
3) La’omer makes sense while you’re counting, since you are announcing where you got up to. Ba’omer makes sense to describe a specific date of the Omer when that is your goal.
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