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The Day Of R’ Shimon
On Lag Ba’omer, we celebrate the Yartzheit of R’ Shimon Bar Yochai who was the continuum of Torah after the students of R’ Akiva died. In fact, the 33rd word in the Torah is טוב and Chazal say טוב refers to Torah. R’ Avraham Simcha Horowitz points out that it is on the 33rd page of Mesachta Shabbos that we are told of the story of R’ Shimon Bar Yochai in the cave. Another hint is in Parshas Emor which coincides with Lag Ba’omer. The opening Rashi in Emor states להזהיר גדולים על הקטנים and להזהיר is rooted in זהר, the Sefer that is attributed to R’ Shimon Bar Yochai.
It is written גל עיני ואביטה נפלאות מתורתיך; open my eyes and I’ll see the wonders of the Torah. גל consists of the same letters as לג, referring to Lag Ba’omer as this is when the hidden wonders of the Torah- Zohar- were revealed. The Pasuk states ...נתן לכם מטמון... ויוצא אלהם את שמעון; …he brought Shimon out to them. Another meaning is that Hashem revealed the hidden secrets of the Torah through R’ Shimon Bar Yochai.
The Sefiros are in the diagram of the human body as the right arm is Chessed, the left arm is Din and so on. With this, we can appreciate מבשרי אחזה אלו-ה; I see Hashem from my flesh. The word בשרי rearranged spells רשבי (an acronym for ר' שמעון בר יוחאי). So, from my flesh (which is also the letters of רשבי), I see Hashem. The Beis Aharon remarks that מבשרי are the first letters for מתורת ר' שמעון בר יוחאי.
The Zohar tells us the 49 words in Parshas Metzora in 15:13-15 (which deal with the purification process of one who is impure) correspond to the 49 days of Sefira. Just as one counts the days of טומאה, similarly with leaving the טומאה of Mitzrayim we count Sefira. The Gra as well as R’ Gershon Henoch Ridziner point out that the 33rd word there is מועד. This alludes to the day of Lag Ba’omer. One who is in Meiron on Lag Ba’omer sees what a Moed it really is.
One who travels to Meiron on
Lag Ba’omer sees the wide spectrum of Jewry. This is because R’ Shimon Bar
Yochai lifts up even the lowest of Jews. The Gemara
tells us he purified the city of Tevarya and as we sing טהר את
עיר טבריה עשה אותה נקיה.
We are taught that another name for Tevarya is רקת and it
is called so because even the ריקנין; empty
ones, sinners who live there are full of Mitzvos like a pomegranate.
So we see that R’ Shimon lifts up even the lowest among us. We should all merit
to be lifted up this Lag Ba’omer.
 This is just as R’ Shimon Bar Yochai was the continuum of Torah as is indicated in the end letters of כי לא תשכח מפי זרעו; it shall not be forgotten from the mouth of its offspring, which spell יוחאי (Devarim 31:21, see Shabbos 138b). This was like his Rebbe, R’ Akiva who continued to give over Torah although his 24,000 students died. Parenthetically, the Meiri (Yevamos 62b) says that we have a tradition that on Lag Ba’omer the students of R’ Akiva stopped dying.
 Avos 6:3. Lag Ba’omer comes out on הוד שבהוד. הוד בהוד has a Gematria of 32.
 Tehillim 119:18
 See Bnei Yissoschar, Iyar, 3:7. One reason we light fires on Lag Ba’omer is because Zohar means light and this is what he brought to the world (see Aruch Hashulchan 493:7). Parenthetically, סוד is said over secretly and as it says עמיקא וטמירא ולאו מלתא אושא; profound and hidden that should not be made known (in Askinu Seudasa on Shabbos Day). This is in accordance with אשרי העם הם לומדיך; fortunate are the people who learn from you (in the song Bar Yochai), which we sing about R’ Shimon, as not everyone can learn that type of Torah.
 Breishis 43:23, Mayana Shel Torah
 It comes as no surprise that the first letters of עיר וקדיש מן שמיא נחית; a holy angel came down from heaven (Daniel 4:10), spell שמעון, alluding to R’ Shimon.
 Tikunei Zohar, Pasach Eliyahu
 Iyov 19:26
 The Riziner once asked how Meiron looks on Lag Ba’omer to which he was told like Yom Kippur and Simchas Torah. Inside it is similar to Yom Kippur and the outside to Simchas Torah.
 Shabbos 34a
 In the song ואמרתם כה לחי. See Succa 45b. R’ Akiva saidלפני מי אתם מטהרין... (Yoma 85b) and R’ Shimon, who is his student, is the one who purifies Tevarya.
 Megila 6a. See Emunas Itecha, Acharei Mos, s.v. ס"ג ,תשמ"ח.