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;
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.