WORCESTER – Members of the Worcester Jewish community gathered at Central Mass. Chabad on Lag B’Omer for an evening of food and festivities. A parade through Newton Square kicked off the holiday, and there were archery competitions, a petting zoo, a live band and a bonfire. During the celebration, Rabbi Mendel Fogelman explained that historically, Lag B’Omer marks the anniversary of the passing of the sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the Zohar, the foundational work of the Kabbalah. It also marks the end of a plague between Passover and Shavuot 2,000 years ago. While Chabad’s mission is to educate, he says, on Lag B’Omer it’s in a festive way.
Rochele Fogelman, Rabbi Fogelman’s mother and wife of the late Rabbi Hershel Fogelman, founder of Yeshiva Achei Tmimim synagogue and school, said Lag B’Omer is significant because it “honors students of Torah, and not just young children, but all ages.”