Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Mourning for the Omer

Just a historical post, for this season of mourning and avodas hashem. It seems to me fairly obvious that Rabbi Akiva's 12,000 pairs of students died as part of the Bar Kokhvah (a.k.a. Bar Kochbah, Bar Kozivah) revolt and its tragic aftermath in 130-135 CE.

Which in no way diminishes our mourning nor makes the loss of life no less tragic.

Or course, I could bring up the crusades, but that is for another post.

Comments-[ comments.]


Anonymous Lone Bochur said...

I keep hearing this R' Hirsch piece about the Crusades-Sefirah connection; do you know where I could find it?

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually believe there is a different girsa in the gemara which says that they were *soldiers* as opposed to *talmidim*. I remember hearing it in a shiur (and even which shiur) and shall endeavour to find my notes in a couple of days.

9:40 PM  
Anonymous YM Klein said...

Anonymous :
Have you found your notes? I believe it's from R Shereira Gaon but not the gemara.

3:23 PM  

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