Lag BaOmer
Our wedding day, May 18, 2014, falls on the Jewish festival of Lag BaOmer. Lag BaOmer is the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, a verbal counting of the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot, which commemorates the seven week period from the Israelites' exodus from Egypt to their receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai.

The Counting of the Omer is a period of semi-mourning, during which, according to Jewish tradition, no marriages, parties, or other celebrations are permitted to take place. However, on the 33rd day of the counting, we take a break from mourning and celebrate.

The origins of Lag BaOmer as a festival for celebration are unclear, but because Lag BaOmer is, in traditional Judaism, the only day during the nearly two-month period between Passover and Shavuot on which Jews are permitted to marry, it is a common day for Jewish weddings. We are overjoyed that you are celebrating with us on this special and auspicious wedding day!
Rachel & Scott
May 18, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY