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!