Six-thousand miles from Meron, Yeshiva of South Shore commemorated the Yom Hilula of the tanna Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in each of its divisions.
In the Mechina Division, boys joined around a flaming madurah and sang with their rebbes. Rabbi Yosef Newcomb was there with his spiritually elevating music and uplifting stories.
The talmidim were treated to a barbecue lunch of hot dogs, fries and more. Inspired by the spirit and tales of the great tanna, the boys erupted in dance and in the spirit of achdus a large circle was made with talmidim dancing hand in hand along with their rabbeim.
Approximately 80 boys from grades 3 to 7 joined together at the home of Rabbi Yitzky Ross for a spiritual hillula on Thursday night, to sing around a madurah in his large backyard in Lawrence. They celebrated Lag Ba’Omer with leibidik singing and dancing, divrei Torah, and stories about tzaddikim. The talmidim heard about the significance of a bonfire, and listened to a dvar Torah from the rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky.
Not to be outdone, the YOSS pre-school boys celebrated Lag Ba’Omer with a midos parade. They sang “Torah Tziva Lanu Moshe!” and “VaHavta L’Reiacha Kamocha” as they marched up and down Serena Road, proudly holding banners with Ve’ahavta Lereacha Kamocha-themed messages. Pre-1A children were dressed in red and orange shirts, and kindergarten boys were dressed in green, as they waved their signs displaying pictures they made of themselves and their friends. Nursery children, dressed in blue, spread simcha all over the street, while wearing giant smiles on their hats and faces.