On a normal day it’s mikvah bags, towels and rushing to be on time to chassidus after a good night’s rest. But today is not a normal day. Today, those who made it to bed at all begin to stir early. They quickly finish their morning preparations and rush to join those who have been up all night. After a quick Davening and a danish, the day begins.
There won’t be Gemoros and Chasiddus today. Rashi will not argue with Tosfos and Chavrosos won’t be breaking the Rashba down. Today there will be a lot of red bull, sugar, jumping up and down, screaming and dancing.
Usually Reb Yisroel Freedman’s classroom is full with bochurim and their seforim, but today a large worn box of costumes is dropped off as the guys start to arrive. As hats and jackets are removed the atmosphere in the room transitions to what you may find in the dressing room of the circus.
One bochur becomes the makeup artist while others become wardrobe assistants. While some dress in old ill fitting clown costumes others get into chicken jumpsuits their dads sweated in decades ago. Pockets full with candy, big red smiles painted on there faces and a bit of ‘hydration’ and the clowns are ready for the Lag Baomer Parade!!!
Commercial Photographer Avrohom Perl spent Sunday morning at Oholei Torah photographing the bochurim as they dressed up for the Lag Baomer parade. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.