Counting to 50: The Omer, Shavuot and the liberation of Jerusalem

ByRABBI ARI KAHN
May 25, 2017 12:50

A Jewish hero named Bar-Kochba led a band of valiant soldiers in an attempt to regain what had been lost.




Rabbi Akiva

Rabbi Akiva. (photo credit:Wikimedia Commons)

For many Jews, the Omer period is time of sadness that dates back 2,000 years. Soon after the fall of Jerusalem, there was one last attempt to regain independence.

A Jewish hero named Bar-Kochba led a band of valiant soldiers in an attempt to regain what had been lost: political and religious autonomy. The rebellion was violently put down; more blood was spilled in the failed revolt than had been spilled during the destruction of the Temple itself.

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