Excitement was in the air at Chabad’s 18th annual Lag B’Omer Family Fun Day, held at Andrew J. Parise Cedarhurst Park. “Lag B’Omer is a day of family fun, a day of coming together,” said Dr. Ari Weinreb of Woodmere.
Celebrants enjoyed food, archery, a petting zoo, as well as a gaming station and many other attractions. A large bonfire, manned by the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department attracted a large crowd. Lawrence resident Shaya Lichtman enjoyed the Amazing Skyriders performance. “My favorite attraction was the Skyriders show, because their tricks were really cool,” he said.
Lag B’Omer marks the end of a 33-day period of mourning, to grieve for the disciples of second-century sage Rabbi Akiva. It also marks the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a Akiva disciple and noted sage and Kabbalist, who wrote the Zohar, a classic text of Kabbalah, the teachings of Jewish mysticism.
Azamra DJ spun the music, while the Nassau County Auxiliary Police ensured that the event ran smoothly and safely. Auxiliary Officer Chaim Sandler said,“Lag B’Omer marks a break in our mourning and means that we will be able to rejoice and be happy again.”