Chabad officials are scratching their heads in bewilderment trying to figure out what to do as Education Minister Rabbi Shai Piron announced public schools will not have a vacation day this year on Lag B’Omer as was the case in the past. For Chabad, the day is one of parades and celebration, permitting shluchim to reach out to many children in traditional and non-frum areas nationwide, as well as in frum areas in line with the instructions of the Rebbe ZT”L.
The minister’s decision will make it much more difficult to reach the children attending the nation’s public schools as they will not have a day off.
Piron decided to make the following day a vacation day since children will be going to sleep late.
Chabad shluchim are still pondering what the day’s events will include and shluchim forums are being used to exchange ideas. One of the options being discussed is having parades in schools. Others suggest making the parades the following day, the day the children are off from school.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)