Every year in Judaism, there is an event or festival called Lag B’Omer. Thousands of Jews praise and worship graves of wax and wax candles. Rabbis take part in tomb worship and praying to dead bones. They bow to tombstones and pray to dead bones.
The festival itself is said to commemorate the death of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and the end of a plague that killed about 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva Ben Yosef. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai had decreed that the time of his death should be a time of rejoicing his life.
Modern-day ex-Jews have spoken out against these practices and claim it is nothing more than grave worship and lighting pagan bonfires. They claim that the participants are following in the footsteps of pagan cults of the past. These pagans would light bonfires and sing and dance around them in order to get help and salvation from the deceased.
What does the scripture say about this?
According to the Hebrew Bible:
Numbers 19:16 says, ‘anyone out in the open who touches someone who has been killed with a sword or someone who has died a natural death, or anyone who touches a human bone or a grave, will be unclean for seven days.’
If the people become unclean, why do Jews hold such festivals held with so much fanfare?
Why are rabbis involved in idolatry, pagan practices, and worshipping graves, when their scriptures forbid it and remind them of the sins of their forefathers? Study the following text:
Jeremiah 7: 17-18 speaks about the sins of the people, ‘do you not see what they are doing in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven. They pour out drink offerings to other gods to arouse my anger.’
Jews in Israel receive flyers about holy candles, lumps of wax that can bring blessings, income, greatness and healing, peace and success for these festivals.
Singing around graves, lighting bonfires and all the fanfare that goes with it is not found in the Bible. So where does it come from? Pagan ceremonies.
Today, in Israel, next to the tomb of famous rabbis, you will find a stand selling holy candles. This is a major business, raking in millions a year.
The poor and ignorant masses pay for all this. A candle costs 1128 shekels, if you multiply this by 21756 people who attend, the rabbi at the end of the chain gets more than 24 million shekels! This equates to approximately 7,460,366 USD today.
According to the Talmud, a woman who does not light a candle will be punished by experiencing death in childbirth.
Mishna Shabbat 2:6
On [account of] three transgressions women die in childbirth: because they are not careful with nidda, with challa, or with candle-lighting.
In the Talmud, the rabbis have made up commandments not found in the Bible and have even added threats of a terrible death even though there is no mention of the same in the Torah.
Deuteronomy 4:2 tells the rabbis, ‘do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.’
Hence, we learn that the rabbis would add their own ideas into the laws that they would push onto the people. In the past, the children of Israel adopted pagan practices, and the same happens today. They worship dead rabbis instead of the Ever-Living sole deity, Allāh Ta’ālā.
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