Photo Credit: Gideon Markowicz/Flash90

An Israeli father and his daughter are collecting wood in preparation for Lag Ba’omer, the 33rd day of the Omer count (that began the night after the Passover seder).

In Israel, this holiday is observed religiously by everyone, or, at least, the bonfire part of it. This Saturday night, expect to see the sky across Israel go red and smoky.


The more religiously astute know Lag Ba’omer marks the yahrzeit of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, and the date when the plague that mowed down Rabbi Akiva’s students – stopped. But all of Israel know Lag Ba’omer is when you collect all the loose wood in the neighborhood and set fire to it.

Some throw a few potatoes into the fire for a baked potato experience that cannot be beat.


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