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When a Plague Killed 24,000 of Rabbi Akiva’s students: The Dark Side of the Omer
05/11/2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT
The first 33 days after Passover are traditionally observed as days of mourning, and practices such as not cutting hair, having or attending weddings, is a thing. For the love of God, why? It’s wedding season! Turns out at this time in Jewish history a plague killed 24,000 of Rabbi Akiva’s students. But this wasn’t a medical plague so much as a social punishment for people being uncivil. As Lag B’Omer (the 33rd day of the Omer) arrives and the period of mourning ends, let’s learn what really went wrong, so that we don’t make the same mistakes.