Sunday, May 22, 2011

Lag B'Omer Bonfire City!

"Lag B'Omer Friends"

Lag B'Omer is here with music, marshmallows and LOTS of bonfires!   Usually most kids have a bonfire with their B'nei Akiva group and a few families make their own fires.  This year our town also sponsored a bonfire.  Grandparents, parents and children of all ages joined together to sing, hang out, chat with friends and of course roast marshmallows!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Setting up

Kids have been gathering wood, in anticipation of Lag B'Omer, for weeks and now the set up begins.  Some of these bonfire frames are 9 or 10 feet high!  Two houses away from my house, is this huge one.  Last year there were three generations of a family sitting by the fire, roasting meat and marshmallows, singing and talking until 2 am! 


Gathering Supplies

We just go from one holiday to the next, so it makes sense that right after Pesach we would start getting ready for the next holiday, Lag B'Omer.  Even after almost five years of living here, I'm still always amazed to see...   "the shlepping of the wood".   Kids of all sizes can be seen carrying, dragging and loading into wagons large, VERY large, pieces of wood.  Old chairs, ladders, tree branches and wooden planks left over from the many house construction sites are all fair game.  Here is the stockpile on the driveway of the house across the street from me. 

Stockpiling the Wood

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Yom Ha'atzmaut aka "Mangal (bbq) Day"!  Lots of good friends, fun and food as we celebrated Israel's Independence Day.  See my BBQ menu on my sister's blog Pragmattic Attic

Toasted Marshmallows

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Well I tried to get my 3 year old to nap so that he wouldn't be too tired for tonight's late night event to celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut.    He didn't actually fall asleep until 6pm!  When it was time to go, I couldn't wake he missed it!  I saw the fireworks out of my 3rd floor art studio/guest room.  Here's the view...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Memorial Day

Today I was in a cafe in the Modiin mall when the siren for Yom Hazikaron went off. It was like being in a flash mob. All of a sudden, people put down their sandwich or their coffee, They stopped talking to their friend or working on their laptop. They just stood up and were silent. It was incredible...and beautiful.
Moment in Time

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Surprise Visit

Expecting my 1st grader home at 2:00pm, I opened my front door to see not one, but 36 girls in pink shirts and blue skirts all smiling at me.  It turns out they had come to make the blessing over flowering fruit trees.  My daughter told her teacher we had 3 of them in our yard, which is around the corner from her school and so here they all were!

Pomelo Buds and Blosoms