Today, the 18th of Iyar, is Lag Ba Omer (the 33rd day of counting the Omer). The Talmud and the Midrash both state that Lag Ba Omer marks the anniversary of the death of Shimon Bar Yochai and the day when Kabbalist wisdom was revealed to the Jewish people in the form of the Zohar.
Customs on Lag Ba Omer include lighting bonfires, singing, the celebration of weddings, Torah study, shooting bows and arrows, and first haircuts for three year old boys (a custom known as upsherin that is related to the practice of keyliam in which fruit is not taken from trees until they reach three years of age).
Information on Lag Ba Omer can be found at:
G-dcast also offers an animated short about Bar Yochai’s time in the cave, available at :http://www.g-dcast.com/thecave
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