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The secret of Lag BaOmer

Translation by Yehoshua Siskin (

The following was written by Binyamin Sheinberg, a father of 5. In my opinion, he succeeded in explaining the story of Lag BaOmer for the benefit of most of us who are not exactly experts in Jewish Mysticism and the Kabbalah:

"I never opened the Book of the Zohar, which is the principle legacy of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Nevertheless, is there something I can learn from the idea of a "Hidden Torah"? Perhaps the lesson ,is that there is a hidden world which must be continually searched in great depth in order to discover its unseen secrets:

So it is with the Torah ,which has many levels that cover depths upon depths of meaning.

So it is with external reality where we think that politicians and financial magnates, according to what we see and hear, run the world. We need to take a closer look in order to see that it is really HaShem Who is managing everything from beneath the surface, and what we see is merely a hint of the processes at work.

So it is with people where we must look into the depth of the person facing us. Not to judge him by externals, not to judge him at all. Instead, to see the soul within, sometimes expressed visibly and sometimes bound in chains, but always there at the foundation of his true self."


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