Cabinet Approves a Lag B’Omer Like No Other

Lag BaOmer
Official preparations for Lag BaOmer at Mt. Meron this week. (David Cohen/Flash90)


The Israeli Cabinet voted its approval on Wednesday night for unprecedented restrictions on Lag B’Omer celebrations, banning bonfires throughout the country and severely limiting the traditional lighting at Miron, in order to prevent spread of the coronavirus.

The ministers accepted a Health Ministry recommendation that no bonfires be permitted from this Thursday to Wednesday May 13, and that only three bonfires be allowed at the Kever of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai spread over three days. Attendance at those lightings will be limited to 50 persons, to be overseen by the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

In addition, visits to Miron will be banned starting on this Thursday for the duration. Rental of lodgings to visitors will be prohibited, and fines imposed on violators, according to Kan news.

As a result, the huge crowds that turn out every year will not be allowed this year.

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