Monday, May 15, 2006

Lag B'Omer and the 13 middot

Last week my wife was looking for some explanation of the recurring theme of 12 in R’ Akiva and RASHBI’s life: 12+12 years of learning for R’ Akiva, 12,000 pairs of students, 12 years in the cave for RASHBI followed by an extra year. I formulated my thoughts a little better in time for Lag B’Omer – full essay posted here (which will also explain that 13 middot are really 12+1, as one stands out from the others). My hesber is admittedly derush - feedback and better answers welcome.