Roi Tov: Israel's Lag BaOmer: On a Failed Revolt, a Fake Zohar and a Festival
of Fraudulent Empire-hood. Bomer! Bome! Bomeh! What does that mean? The man in front of me was shouting, it was typical. Bolivians think that linguistic misunderstandings are solved by shouting. If that doesn't work, they opt for physical violence. That teaches you well! Next time answer properly, was the answer I feared. In a desperate effort to avoid being beaten, I remembered that we were just after Easter. Do you mean Lag Ba' Omer? I asked, and got a positive answer. It was not the first time that members of my congregation displayed impossible knowledge on non Biblical Hebrew. It was a sign that Israel had visited them. Suddenly they knew how to pronounce "SSS." It celebrates a failed revolt, a fake Zohar, and the Festival of Fraudulent Empire-hood, I said and moved away hurriedly. Who knew how he would react to the word Zohar? The event highlighted a recurrent problem regarding Israeli affairs. Hebrew is practically unknown, and its speakers often purposely confuse things. For example, the recently produced Oliver Stone's The Untold History of the United States was killed with silk gloves by the Israeli Administration. How Heraclius turned the Jews out of Jerusalem Image in the 15th Century Histoire des Empereurs Manuscript Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War. It was broadcast by a secondary channel, its reviews were misplaced and oddly phrased, and its name was mistranslated as The Secret History of the USA, making it difficult to find references, unless discovering the dirty trick. One of the reviews inversed the blame in a typical Hebrew fashion, hinting that Stone was attempting a 1984 style manipulation. The purposeful misnaming caused it to be obscured by reviews of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. There is no better testimony to the excellence of Stone's work that this carefully staged censorship. This is repeated almost in every affair. State agents have one Hebrew name, but they spell it in various ways in Roman script. Even festivals are disguised under Biblical roots, while their nature was changed. Lag Ba' Omer, to be celebrated in the last weekend of April 2013, is a good example of this. When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn from Nazi Germany. The logo shown above belongs to Chabad, a proselyting Haredi organization. Revealing the esoteric soul of Torah, it says below the name of the festival. It hints to the relationship between Lag Ba' Omer and the Zohar, which is the basic text behind Kabbalah, the most mystical stream of Judaism, which is closely related to Hasidic communities. In recent years, it has become popular in Hollywood. Singer Madonna likes to be portrayed with tattoos of Hebrew letters, which according to Kabbala have magical powers.