April 27-29, 2013
This year, the holiday Lag BaOmer, celebrated by making huge bonfires, had two nights/days of excitement. On the Jewish calendar it was scheduled for Saturday night, but the rabbinate moved it to Sunday night to allow more time for preparation because Shabbat ended too late. When traveling home from Zichron, we smelled the bonfires everywhere. We even had to close all of the windows of our 4th story apartment so that the smell of the smoke wouldn’t cling onto our clothes and such. On Sunday night it smelled like all of Israel was on fire again, and we got to be a part of it. The scouts prepared a bonfire and cooked poyke near the beach, but we were on a grassy area where fire was forbidden so we had to put it out. A bonfire nearby got so huge that a firetruck that was at the ready had to put it out. It was a great night hanging out and being a part of the greater Israel sitting around a fire. The next day we had off from volunteering so all of us went to the beach to enjoy the gorgeous and boiling hot day.