Happy Lag b’Omer!
עִיר וְקַדִּישׁ מִן-שְׁמַיָּא נָחִת “And, behold, a watcher, a holy one came down from heaven” (Daniel 4:10, cf. Zohar 2:149b).
“The Torah is destined to be forgotten from Israel” (BT Shabbat 138b).
כִּי לֹא תִשָּׁכַח מִפִּי זַרְעו “It shall not be forgotten in the mouth of his seed” (Deuteronomy 31:21).
“I [Rabbi Shim’on bar Yohai] am able to exempt the whole world from judgment from the day that I was born until now” (BT Sukkah 45b).
“A band of outlaws cannot abide in the world, for Rabbi Shim’on son of Yohai has nullified them. Happy are you, Rabbi Shim’on son of Yohai, for your Master delights in your glory above all inhabitants of the world! Of Moses is written Moses implored (the presence of YHWH his God) [Exodus 32:21] – implying that he was seized with gout. Whereas you…
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