On Root / On Fiery Angels and Evil Twins

Bonfires dot the landscape on Lag Ba'omer as Israelis commemorate the passing of the great 2nd century mystic, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. And eat BBQ.

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There is the lovely green, tree-appreciating holiday of Tu Bishvat in mid-winter, but in the spring, Jewish tradition presents its evil twin: Lag Ba'omer.