Jewish Journal

For the Kids

by Abby Gilad

May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

Count the Days

Lag B'Omer, the 33rd day of the counting of the days between Pesach and Shavuot, will be celebrated on May 9. The letters lamed and gimmel, which spell the word "lag," have a value of 33. It's a time to light a campfire with your parents and friends, and to make toy bows and arrows (my kids love to make foam-tipped arrows).

Here is a story told about Lag B'Omer: For many weeks, Rabbi Akiva's students were struck by plague. It is said that it happened because they were disrespectful to each other; 24,000 students died. But on Lag B'Omer the plague stopped. Rabbi Akiva began teaching his five remaining students. From that day on, the light of Torah began spreading again. This is one reason given for lighting bonfires on Lag B'Omer.

Lag B'omer Campfire Cooking!

What you will need:
1 Box of graham crackers
1 Bag of chocolate chips
1 Bag of marshmallows

1. Roast marshmallow on a stick
2. Place roasted marshmallow on graham cracker.
3. Cover marshmallow with chocolate chips.
4. Cover chocolate chips with another graham cracker.
5. Enjoy!

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