Occasionally, since I am also a Rabbi, I have to share some interesting Jewish stuff, or I would not be me.
Lag BaOmer - this year, May 2, 2010,(the 33rd day of the Omer count) celebrates the end of the plague amongst Rabbi Akiva's (one of our most famous and brilliant Rabbis) students, and the ascent on high of the soul of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai (considered the main Rabbi of the Kabbala ).
The mourning practices of the Omer period are suspended, which is why many three-year-old boys receive their first haircut on this day.
Many visit the grave site of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in Meron in northern Israel. It is customary to go on outings and to light bonfires; children play with bow-and-arrows to recall that "during the lifetime of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the rainbow (--a sign of the world's unworthiness, as per Genesis 9:14) was not seen.
In preparation for the upcoming major holiday of Shavuot (this year on May 19, 20, 2010) we study one of the six chapters of the Talmud's Ethics of the Fathers ("Avot") on the afternoon of each of the six Sabbaths between Passover and Shavuot; The study cycle is repeated through the summer, until the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah.)