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Uploaded on May 23, 2011
On Lag BaOmer, these restrictions are lifted. Lag BaOmer is the day that the holy Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, author of the Zohar, passed away. Haircuts, shaving, weddings, and joyous music are permissible on this day.
As with all Jewish holidays, the holiday starts in the evening. One major custom is bonfires. The bonfire symbolizes the great light of the Rashbi's (Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's) Torah, the Zohar. Sings and circles of dance accompany the flames higher and higher.
Since haircuts were one of the activities restricted during the Omer, Lag BaOmer is traditionally a day for the "halakah", or "upshurnish" of three year old boys. Man is likened to a tree in Jewish lore, and the fruit of a tree is not used for eating or profit for three years. Likewise, there is a tradition to leave a young boy's hair for three years untouched, only cutting it when he fills three years. Many wait until Lag BaOmer of his third year for the initial haircut. Those who can make the journey to Mount Meron, the Rashbi's final resting place, prefer to have the haircut performed there.