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VideoJew gets shaved

by Jay Firestone

Posted on May. 22, 2008 at 12:18 pm

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 (shaving included)
  • 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.

    Until then, Happy Lag B'omer!

    -- VideoJew Jay Firestone

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