Lag B'Omer - the 33rd day between Pesach and Shavuot- is a little-known Jewish holiday that celebrates (among other things) the cessation of a divinely-sent plague that resulted from people not showing one another adequate respect. It is celebrated with bonfires, and for the religious, a cessation in the semi-mourning practices observed throughout the Post-Passover Omer period. In Israel, on Lag B'Omer, a pall of smoke hovers over the city of Jerusalem from all the bonfires being set throughout the city.
Today, it feels as though mourning is the proper mood. The plague we suffer is one of racism, violence and destruction. "Price tags," - the practice of destroying and vandalizing the property not only of Palestinians, but of Christians, and of those who work for peace on the left, have continued to increase.