With dancing, leaping, flashing tongues of flame, fire lights up the Lag B'Omer night sky.
Jews light bonfires to commemorate the holiday, continuing a tradition that dates back hundreds of years.
To Abraham, everything in the world expressed a deeper meaning, intelligent design and a Designer who continues to guide his creation. The flames, however, were not the fire of destruction.
Lag B'Omer is the day on which Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai revealed the chief mystical work, the Zohar, through an explosion of fire, and it is the day on which he died. What is the mysterious, inner meaning of all the fire?
To unravel the mystery, we need to go 3,500 years back in time to young Abraham in Mesopotamia, left to mind his father's idol shop.
He looked at the sun, the moon, the stars and heavenly bodies and concluded that it would be ridiculous to think that inanimate, man-made idols had control over these things.
As he contemplated more and more evidence of design in the world, he concluded that there must be a Creator who controls all.
Abraham's discovery is expressed through a metaphor that sheds light on the deeper meaning of fire.
Abraham coming to recognize God is compared to a wanderer who sees a mansion engulfed in flames and subsequently concludes that the mansion must have an owner.The practical challenge of Lag B'Omer is to see the potential energy in every object and every person, instead of being fooled by the facade of the external.Spirituality and providence are everywhere, even for those of us who are not Rabbi Shimon.The world around him thought otherwise, and even united to build a tower to "fight" their conception of God.But the more Abraham saw in the world, the more he realized that everything is guided by the hand of the Creator.But the rose also conveys a deeper message: intricacy and symmetry that points to intelligent design and a Designer. However, the inner meaning of an object can be elusive, and sometimes one needs to develop a sensitivity before one can understand the dibur - the message, that lies hidden within every davar - thing. It has the power to transform anything that comes into contact with it into fire itself.