Courtesy of My Jewish Learning

1. Which Talmudic sage is associated with Lag Ba’Omer?

a. Maimonides

b. Rabbi Boteach

c. Nachmanides

d. Rabbi Akiva


2. What is one explanation for why we celebrate on Lag Ba’Omer?

 a. The harvest season in Israel

 b. The birth of first-born sons

c. The completion of a lunar orbit

d. The cessation of an ancient plague


3. The story of Rabbi Simeon bar Yohai is often retold on Lag Ba'Omer. What is he known for?

a. Devising a new method for writing a Torah scroll

b. Fathering 20 children

c. Hiding in a cave with his son for twelve years

d. His agricultural prowess on rocky hills


4. The "omer" is counted off between what two holidays?

a.  Passover and Shavuot

 b. Purim and Passover

 c. Shavuot and Tisha B’Av

 d. Sukkot and Shavuot


5. The counting of the omer is observed like a period of mourning. What is one explanation for why it is considered a period of mourning?

a. To mark the annual "death" of crops that occurs in the winter

b.  To remember the plague that was sent to punish Rabbi Akiva's students

c.  To mark the destruction of the Second Temple

d. To remember the victims of the Shoah


6. What city in Israel is it traditional for Jews to visit on Lag Ba'Omer?

 a. Meron

 b. Safed (Tsfat)

 c. Jerusalem

 d. Tiberias


7. The Hebrew letters "lamed" and "gimel" which make the acronym "lag" represent what value?

a. 18

b.  7

c.  52

d.  33


8. Lag Ba'Omer is sometimes marked by which of the following activities?

a.  Getting married

b. Cutting your hair

c. Building a bonfire

d. All of the above



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