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An especially bright rainbow portends the imminent revelation of the light of Moshiach
There is a custom on this night and day to light bonfires representing the light of the holiest mystical secrets of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, who passed away on Lag B’Omer. On that same day, he revealed these mystical secrets to his students so that they would be happy instead of saddened by his passing.
The Kabbalah of Bow and Sword
The more one draws the arrow toward one’s own heart, the more distant and invisible a foe it can reach.
Jewish law and ethics resemble a sword, helping man meet open challenges and the conscious demons in his heart. But to confront the invisible enemy, how the complex notes of the human psyche and the world can be transformed into a symphony of G-d, one must use a bow and arrow.

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the man most responsible for the dissemination of Kabbalah, taught the Jewish people and the world how to use this bow and arrow. Therefore, it is customary for children go to parks and fields to play with bows and arrows on the day of Lag B'Omer.

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