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April 29, 2021 in Guest Post, Rabbi Greg Harris
This is the fifth week of the month. For Reflections Off the Bimah, the fifth week is a bonus and features thought leaders from throughout the Jewish world and beyond. These special posts give you the opportunity to consider important opinions you may not readily encounter. Thursday night / Friday is the 33rd day of the Omer (Lag B’Omer). Below is a 1983 talk from the Lubavitcher Rebbe. He was speaking to a crowd of families gathered outside Lubavitch Headquarters in Brooklyn. The entire speech is very long but the lesson I am focused on runs from the start to about minute 07:45. The Rebbe teaches a lesson of Lag B’Omer. He tells the children about the students of Rabbi Akiva who did not treat each other with respect. Due to the pervasive lack of respect, a plague broke out which abated on Lag B’Omer. Today, there continues to be too much disrespect amongst people. We are weaker because of these divisions. I believe the lesson is for us to act better, be better, and listen with more humility.