"HARA KEBIRA, Tunisia: At first glance it is difficult to understand the importance, or "big deal," of the three-day festival of Lag b'Omer (Ghriba) held every May on the tiny Tunisian island of Djerba. In many ways it is like a hundred other festivals that dot the landscape each year. What makes this one different is that it is a Jewish celebration in a Muslim nation. Djerba is often described as the "miracle island" because 1,000 Jews live here in harmony with 70,000 Muslims.
Ghriba, in the town of Hara Kebira on the island, has a long history as one of the most important Jewish holy sites in North Africa. Historians agree that Ghriba was founded 600 years before the birth of Christ though no one is exactly sure how many centuries ago the legendary woman named Ghriba – the foreigner – died. [..]"