Bar Yochai, part 8
When Blue was gathering up his legs and intermittently speaking with his
ancestors, he brought down the lost piyyut of Ibn Lavi, sang it in the tune he had
taught me, the holiest one, calling the day Lʼag LaʼOmer. I thought he was a little
delirious but his singing was so clear and fine.
I was told later that Lag LaʼOmer was a call to resistance. In the Jewish revolt of
66, and during the rebellion of Bar Kokhba, Lʼag LaʼOmer was a secret signal of
Blue, the one who radicalized me in the first place, reminded me on his death
bed not to make sentiment out of him, to remember the world is cracked, cracked
to its core, and to never forget the rebellion of the spirit necessary to restore it to
wholeness. It was his way of saying: remember the cause as well as remember
Blue often reminded me about Bar Yochai, the student of Rabbi Akiva, who led
the rebellion in 135,
Bar Yochai died believing if he could do something, one thing, that right, twice —
the world would be redeemed.
— one of the students