18 Iyar 5780: A Time to Return to the Lag Baomer of Old – ל”ג בעומר התש”פ: עת לשוב לל”ג בעומר הישן

השיבנו ה’ אליך ונשובה, חדש ימינו כקדם

It is time to go back to the old ל”ג בעומר (those that never left it are already set, some who have gone elsewhere can return, this year it is very easy to do so, with all the restrictions in place due to the pandemic).

It is time to return to תורת משה, as articulated and elucidated by the רבן של ישראל, רבי משה סופר, מרן החת”ם סופר זי”ע.

זכרו תורת משה עבדי – the Chasam Sofer wrote that that he would not join the Lag Baomer pilgrimage to to Meron.

The old Lag Baomer, when it meant a day marking when the dying of תלמידי רבי עקיבא stopped. Unlike later when it was changed to an ecstatic festival focusing on רשב”י, overshadowing its earlier meaning and way of observance.

How appropriate and fitting for the situation now, also a time of masses passing away, ה’ ירחם. We daven that this year too (if not earlier), as in those ancient days, Lag Baomer mark a time when that stops. בימים ההם בזמן הזה.

We need to focus on basics like תשובה תפילה וצדקה שמעבירין את רוע הגזירה. On תורה, מצות ומעשים טובים. On thanks to הקב”ה for all he has done for us in the past, הודאה על העבר, ותפילה על העתיד. Not on questionable “segulos” that can be costly in more ways than one, ר”ל.

Instead of כדאי הוא רבי שמעון לסמוך עליו בשעת הדחק, substitute אין עוד מלבדו, בלתי אל ה’ עינינו, and אין לנו על מי להישען אלא על אבינו שבשמים. I think רבי שמעון himself would go along with that.

In זכות of such a return to the דרך הישן, הקב”ה יאמר לצרותינו די.

ונזכה לקבלת התורה וביאת המשיח בב”א, אכי”ר

(More details on the above, and important previous posts here on ל”ג בעומר, containing a wealth of material you may not see elsewhere, can be seen via this link.)

בשכר זה הקב”ה ימלא רחמים עלינו וישלח לנו רפואה שלמה בתוך שאר חולי ישראל, רפואת הנפש ורפואת הגוף, השתא בעגלא ובזמן קריב

3 Responses to “18 Iyar 5780: A Time to Return to the Lag Baomer of Old – ל”ג בעומר התש”פ: עת לשוב לל”ג בעומר הישן”

  1. Reuven Brauner Says:

    Well said. By these words we live.

    RB

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I would like to ask that the Rav sends this letter to both Litvishe and Sephardic even Mizroznik gedolim: chassidishe rebbeim are least likely to be interested

    Introduction

    It is possible that HASHEM wanted shuls temporarily closed because He was displeased with the way services are being conducted in the vast majority of them

    My suggestion is that serious changes are made so that we may מחזיר עטרת ליושנה and make davening beautiful again

    1. Abolish group kaddish and reinstate singular kaddish as brought forth in the שולחן ערוך. ז. Reinstate the סידור קדימה

    2. Drastically limit the amount of קדישים being recited: one person may say one קדיש per תפילה and no more in inventing excuses to add קדישים

    3. Restore the original format that קדושה is recited in: the way that Yemenites, Italians, and Germanic Jews do so to to this day

    4. בחורים חייבים להתאטף בטלית וכן החזן בכל תפילה אפילו ערבית

    5. Abolish saying עלינו after מנחה if ערבית is followed immediately thereafter

    6. Only those who are proficient in grammar and voice projection may lead a service: no more mumbling or nervous teenagers officiating prayers

    Those who garble their words and are clearly regretting volunteering should not be allowed to take the amud/bimah

    7. Each kehillah may individually decide which piyyutim (if any) to reintroduce into the service

    8. (Controversial) Consider reinstating the triennial Torah reading system

    9. Most controversial of all: Tephillin on Hol HaMoedh

    Read Rav Hamburgers book on the topic before deciding either way

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