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Curious Jr. — Living in Meron on Lag B’omer

Shira Yehudit Djalilmand

Everyone knows how exciting it is in Meron on Lag B’omer, when it seems like all the world comes to the kever of Rabi Shimon bar Yochai. But what’s it like to actually live in the middle of all the action? Jr. talked to two children who live close to Meron, 14-year-old Shikma Rubin, and 12-year-old Nachman Greenberg.*

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

What happens on Lag B’omer where you live? Shikma: All the roads are closed. There are lots of police everywhere keeping control. Lots of buses, lots of people, lots of noise and music — all night! Everything is dirty afterward from all the garbage. Nachman: We make a huge bonfire and bake potatoes in it! Then we go to Ohr Haganuz, a yishuv close by. They make an enormous bonfire there too; it’s 24 feet high! They make a doll that looks like Hitler ym”s, and burn it in the bonfire. And they hang up the letters that spell the yishuv, which all light up in the fire.


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