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Over 2,000 years ago an army of Romans invaded Israel and destroyed the second Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The Romans were cruel to the Jewish people and wouldn't let them study or teach the Torah. However, some brave and very clever rabbis refused to obey the Roman rules and taught Torah in secret.
One famous rabbi named Akiva continued to teach his students lessons from the Torah. The Romans heard about Rabbi Akiva and began to look for him. So Akiva thought of a way to protect himself and his students while still teaching Torah.
He told his students to carry bows, arrows and picnic lunches. Then the students should go to the fields. It would look like they were there to hunt, not study with the rabbi. When the Roman soldiers saw the Jews going out to hunt they let them pass. But each day when the students reached the fields Rabbi Akiva met them and they would learn and study together.
Lag B'Omer has become a joyous holiday. It is so much fun for children. In Israel children go on picnics, taking toy bows and arrows to play with. At night there are bonfires and barbeques.
Lag B'Omer is on the 18th day of Iyar.