Lag BaOmer bonfire

NIS 500 fine for bonfires during Lag BaOmer

Traditional mass prayers at Mount Meron downsized drastically, with only 3 rabbis and less than 200 authorized participants; Police to patrol throughout holiday to prevent any mass gatherings

Gilad Cohen |
Published: 05.10.20 , 21:56
As part of the ban on all traditional bonfires for the holiday of Lag BaOmer, Israel Police announced that any person found violating the ban will be fined NIS 500.
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  • The ban on the traditional Jewish festivities during the holiday which traditionally saw a quarter of a million people participating at bonfire lighting at the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, is part of the continued effort to curb the spread of coronavirus.
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    Lag BaOmer bonfire
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    "As part of our continued efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Israel and with updated emergency regulations, this year, restrictions will be put in place during the Lag BaOmer holiday to prevent mass gatherings which could pose a public health risk and hinder continued measures taken to ensure public health," a police spokesman said.
    Only three rabbis representing the three different Jewish communities Haredi, Sephardi and the National-Religious community all represented by political parties, with only 50 to 150 participants will be allowed at the gravesite for the traditional bonfire celebration.
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    Police checkpoint put in place ahead of the Lag BaOmer holiday
    (Photo: Israel Police)
    Mount Meron and the surrounding area will be closed off to the public.
    Police units will patrol the area by car and from the air and stop any cars and buses heading to the site, forces will also prevent bonfires throughout the country to ensure there are no violations of the bonfire ban or prevent any mass gatherings during the holiday.
    The new regulations will be in place from Monday, May 11until Wednesday, May 13.

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