Lag B’Omer 5771

The children of Israel are certainly blessed on Lag B’Omer.

How else can you explain that

 thousands and thousands of children

 crowd around open fires

late into the night;

either cooking

or just admiring their medurot, bonfires,

which fill city parks

and open spaces around the country–

without getting serious injuries?

After collecting and saving every scrap of wood since Passover,

 in one long night it all is transformed into smoke.

 Givatayim and Tel Aviv topped the list with the highest levels for bad air quality.

The next day the windows are re-opened and schools are closed.

Museums and mall productions are popular outing destinations.

Usually in Jerusalem, when you see a noisy gathering

with police presence

 and banners, it is a protest rally.

On Lag B’Omer though, this group was forming a parade,

that was followed by a police security officer,

to a city park for a carnival, one of many around Jerusalem.

As fires are being filmed all around us,

what a beautiful day, when sparks do not cause harm.

0 thoughts on “Lag B’Omer 5771

  • May 23, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    great shots. thanx for sharing. rochel.

  • May 25, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Great photos! Like the photo with the phone with the fire in very much.
    Thanks for this update about what happen in Jerusalem.

    Best regards from Norway!

  • May 27, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Ah, to be in Eretz Yisrael on La’g B’Omer.
    What a treat and what a sight.
    Only “friers” leave windows open at night!
    Faces shining, good fires blazing,
    Parades, S’mores, it is so amazing.
    Dancing, singing – bring on the band.
    B”H to be in OUR Land.


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