Read on 1 May 2021 (19 Iyyar 5781).
Parashat Emor is the 31st weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.
Shabbat Times West Jerusalem, Israel
- Lag BaOmer occurs on Friday, Apr 30
- Lag BaOmer (Hebrew: לַ״ג בָּעוֹמֶר), also Lag B’Omer, is a Jewish religious holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, which occurs on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar. According to kabbalistic tradition, this day marks the hillula (celebration, interpreted by some as anniversary of the death) of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, “the Rashbi”, a Mishnaic sage and leading disciple of Rabbi Akiva in the 2nd century, and the day on which he revealed the deepest secrets of kabbalah in the form of the Zohar (Book of Splendor, literally ‘radiance’), a landmark text of Jewish mysticism. This association has spawned several well-known customs and practices on Lag BaOmer, including the lighting of bonfires, pilgrimages to the tomb of Bar Yochai in the northern Israeli town of Meron, and various customs at the tomb itself. However, the association of Lag BaOmer with the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai may be based on a printer’s error. Another tradition that makes Lag BaOmer a day of Jewish celebration identifies it as the day on which the plague that killed Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 disciples came to an end, and for this reason the mourning period of Sefirat HaOmer concludes on Lag BaOmer for some believers.
- Candle lighting: 19:00 on Friday, Apr 30
- This week’s Torah portion is Parashat Emor
- Havdalah: 19:58 on Saturday, May 1
Portion (parasha) for this week:
Emor | אמור | “Say”
Torah: Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23
Prophets: Ezekiel 44:15-31
(Please review each of the scriptures below each photo)
“Torah Portions” are a systematic teaching schedule that includes a portion of scripture from the Torah, Prophets, and Brit Hadasha each week. This schedule is known all over the world, and serves as a great way to facilitate discussion and learning with others in the Body of the Messiah.