Today is Lag B'Omer, the 33rd day of the period between Pesach and Shavuot. Around the world, the day is celebrated mainly in Jewish schools with children going on picnics and hikes and playing with toy bows and arrows in the field. In Israel, schools are closed for two days.
For the last few years on Lag B'omer we've been posting videos of the bonfires and dancing in Israel on Mount Meron. This year we're taking a break from the bonfire videos (you can see them here and here) and posting a new video from Ari Lesser, the American Orthodox Jewish rapper, singer, songwriter, and spoken word artist.
In the video, Lesser tells the whole Lag B'omer story in his unique rapping style, getting the message across in an unusual but effective way.
Lesser grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. After graduation from the University of Oregon, he worked as a musician in Los Angeles, where he became known in the "hippie jam band" scene. While working on his first album there, his financer, a Rastafarian selling Medical Marijuana, gave him a copy of Psalms. Lesser found that he related to King David as a songwriter and started rhyming the psalms.
This ultimately led him to a deeper interest in Torah and his Jewish roots, and he became a baal teshuva. He visited Israel on a Taglit-Birthright trip that he ended up extending to ten months, during which he studied at Yeshiva Temimei Darech in Safed and Mayanot in Jerusalem.
Happy Lag B'omer. Enjoy!
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