For the record, I didn't grow a beard for this video. I did it for God.
But in keeping the Omer tradition, I realized this was a tremendous opportunity to
educate the world about the promises and immense potential of a truly
rewarding Lag B'Omer.
But before I really develop that thought, here's some background on the Omer
49 days of counting between Passover and Shavuot (the holiday which
celebrates receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai)
Hundreds of years later, a plague broke out during the Omer, which
killed many students of the famous Rabbi Akiva
As a result the Omer is observed with light mourning
This means no parties, weddings, musical instruments or haircuts
On the 33rd of the Omer, the death stopped, which is why for that
one day, we're allowed to break our observances and celebrate life.
Lag B'Omer (in English is translated to the 33rd of the Omer
While the majority of Lag B'Omer could be spent at parties, weddings or
concerts, when you¹ve been growing hair on your face for over a month, its
removal becomes the utmost priority.
As you can see from the video, I'm a new person without all the hair. I feel
kempt, organized and in control.
But as happy as I am that its gone, I've never missed something so much in
my life, from the way it itched during 80% of my day, to the way it always
saved foot particles for a mid-day snack. It's gone now, but I still have
another 16 days to nurture its second coming.
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