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Lag Bomer

  • Join us for a Lag B'Omer BBQ at Sholom Park in Ocala with a tour of the Japanese Zen Garden!


    About Sholom Park: Sholom Park was created for a purpose; to provide a place where the pursuit of inner peace and learning may be enhanced and enjoyed. Sholom Park’s mission is to perpetuate Sidney and Ina Colen’s vision and seeks to become a model of land stewardship and the preservation of open space for education and public enjoyment Sholom Park offers a place of natural beauty, comprised of green meadows, colorful gardens, and shaded woodlands. The park is home to native wildlife including numerous bird species, making Sholom Park a birdwatcher’s paradise. 

    As part of the experience, we will be having a tour of the Japanese Zen Garden. 

    Sholom Park’s Zen Garden is an amalgamation of nature, culture, and spirituality. We encourage you to treat this space as sacred ground, where each individual can begin their quest of spiritual awakening. Through an appreciation of nature, quiet contemplation, and sincere introspection enlightenment can be found.
    In Zen tradition, there is the concept of three marks of existence: Impermanence (Anicca), Suffering (Dukkha), and Lack of Self (Anatta). These concepts are meant to help individuals understand the nature of reality and our place within it. It is believed that through an understanding of these three marks, one can achieve enlightenment. The Zen Garden may be used to embrace the simplicity, asymmetry, modesty, and appreciation of nature. In so doing, it is our hope that it plants a seed of peace in the lives of all who visit. May this seed of peace grow and flourish in ways that help to make the world a better place.

    Sunday, May 26th, 2024 3:00pm

    Bring your family, friends and great spirit!


    What is Lag B'Omer?
    Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the Omer count is a festive day on the Jewish calendar. It is celebrated with outings (on which the children traditionally play with bows and arrows), bonfires, and other joyous events.

    Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, who lived in the second century of the common era, was the first to publicly teach the mystical dimension of the Torah known as the "Kabbalah," and is the author of the basic work of Kabbalah, the Zohar. On the day of his passing, Rabbi Shimon instructed his disciples to mark the date as "the day of my joy."

    Lag BaOmer also commemorates another joyous event. The Talmud relates that in the weeks between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot, a plague raged amongst the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva, "because they did not act respectfully towards each other." These weeks are therefore observed as a period of mourning, with various joyous activities proscribed by law and custom. On Lag BaOmer the deaths ceased. Thus, Lag BaOmer also carries the theme of the imperative to love and respect one’s fellow (ahavat yisrael).

    For more information on the holiday click here

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