L'ag B'Omer - (the 33rd day of the Omer)
According to tradition, the plague that killed 24,000 of Rabbi Akiva's students ceased on this day. A completely different reason for the holiday concerns one of Rabbi Akiva’s later students, Rabbi Simeon bar Yochai. Rashbi's (acronym for his name) yom hilula (or Yahrzeit) is on this day. Rashbi is responsible for the authorship of the Zohar, the chief work of the Kabbalah, which reveals the deep, mystical, inner dimensions of Torah and Judaism.
L'ag B'Omer is traditionally celebrated by lighting bon fires, and by thousands of Jews joining together in Meron, Israel at Rashbi's kever (tomb). This year, Lag B'Omer 5781, 45 participants were crushed to death, and over 150 hurt at the Lag B’Omer event in Meron.
Klal Yisroel is mourning, and we are left with so many questions, yet, we are taught that a Yid does not ask "why did this happen"? A Yid asks "for what did this happen"? "For what did this happen"? That is a message we must dig deeply now to ask ourselves.