Yom Yerushalayim and Lag Ba’omer Events Postponed a Day Due to Chillul Shabbos

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yerushalayimThe Israeli Chief Rabbinate has decided to delay Yom Yerushalayim events by 24 hours this year, from Motzoei Shabbos night to Sunday, in order to prevent any chillul Shabbos that may occur during arrangements.

The decision applies mainly to private events and isn’t required  for state institutions. No changes are thus expected for national ceremonies planned for the day, which celebrates the reunification of Yerushalayim.

Yom Yerushalayim is on May 20.

The Rabbinate also asked the Ministry of Education to cancel the extended days off given to students after Pesach so that Yom Yerushalayim can be a no-school day instead starting next year. This would apply to students in Yerushalayim alone.

The Rabbinate also called for having Lag Ba’omer bonfires postponed by a day when Lag Ba’omer falls on a Sunday  in order to prevent chillul Shabbos. The nationwide custom in Israel for decades, based on the practice in many communities and dating back to Rav Shimon bar Yochai, is to light bonfires on Lag Ba’omer. The central bonfire is lit at Rav Shimon’s kever in Meron and is accompanied by night-long singing and dancing in honor of Rav Shimon’s yahrtzeit.

When Lag Ba’omer falls on Motzoei Shabbos and Sunday, bonfire preparations often begin on Shabbos. Some of the fires around the country are actually lit on Shabbos. Thus the Chief Rabbinate officially decided that when Lag Ba’omer falls on Motzoei Shabbos, the commemorations should be held a day later.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}


  1. Are we (those who hold the first minhag of Sefira) allowed to shave today, because Rosh Chodesh is Sunday? I remember there was some clause. Please inform us before Shabbos.

  2. Why would this bother anyone? Fences around the Torah occur with great frequency from teh Rabbis. Why is this any different? Plus, it is not like this is a doraisadik Chag.

  3. Perhaps they should have postponed the Seder night this year since it fell on Shabbat. A lot of traditional people will drive to family for the Seder.

  4. Moishe,

    So you laugh at people who celebrate nisim gluyim and the recapture of yerusholayim?

    It should be beneath ANYONE to make light of M’asei Elokaynu.

    I think you must have escaped from 3 of the Daled Bonim of the Hagodo?


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