Lag BaOmer

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  1. On the day of Lag BeOmer we increase in celebration a little. Some of the reasons include: it’s to remember that on Lag BaOmer the students of Rabbi Akiva stopped dying, [1] it’s the day of the Hilulah (anniversary of the passing) of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai,[2] it’s the day that Rabbi Akiva gave Semicha to his new students [3], and to remember the Maan which began to fall on this day. [4]
  2. There’s no Tachanun on Lag BaOmer nor on the mincha before. [5]
  3. If Mincha falls out on Sunday then there’s no Tzidkatcha at mincha of Shabbat. [6]
  4. One shouldn’t fast on Lag BeOmer. [7] However, if one’s wedding is that day one may fast on Lag BaOmer. [8]
  5. Music and dancing are permitted. [9]
  6. Some Gedolim were very opposed to burning clothing because of Baal Tashchit (prohibition of wasting), while others defend the minhag. [10]
  7. Kohanim shouldn’t go into the Kever of Rashbi on Meyron. [11]
  8. Ashkenazim may cut their hair on the morning of Lag BaOmer. [12] while some are lenient to permit it from the night of Lag BaOmer. [13]Sephardim shouldn’t cut their hair until the morning of the 34th of the Omer. [14]
  9. According to Ashkenazim, if Lag BaOmer falls out on Sunday then it’s permissible to cut one’s hair on Friday for kavod Shabbat. [15] Some say it’s preferable to do so after Chatzot (halachic midday). [16]

References

  1. Meiri Yevamot 62b, Kitzur S”A 120:6
  2. Chida in Moreh Etzbah 223
  3. Pri Chadash 493, Kaf HaChaim 493:26
  4. Sh”t Chatom Sofer Y”D 233
  5. Rama 493:2, Mishna Brurah 493:9, Natai Gavriel (Pesach vol 3, 58:3)
  6. Levush 493, Natai Gavriel (Pesach vol 3, 58:4)
  7. Natai Gavriel (Pesach vol 3, 59:5) based on Meiri Yevamot 62b
  8. Halichot Shlomo 11:22
  9. Pri Megadim S”A 493:1, Kaf HaChaim 493, Natai Gavriel (Pesach vol 3, 58:11)
  10. Natai Gavriel (Pesach vol 3, 59:13)
  11. Halichot Shlomo 11:23
  12. Rama 493:2
  13. Mishna Brurah 493:11 quoting the Eliyah Rabba
  14. S”A 493:2
  15. Rama 493:2. See Bear Hetiev 493:6 quotes those who are strict but ends off that if the minhag is to be lenient one doesn’t need to be strict.
  16. Halichot Shlomo (Chapter 11 note 79)