Kids stuff


It’s Lag BaOmer today, and the kids are off school today and tomorrow. If I had forgotten the holiday, as soon as I walked into the canteen at lunchtime I would have been reminded. Instead of (as usual) table after table of tech people, I could see table after table of parent with child – or children – getting stuck in to their meal. Bringing your kids to work is normal and not seen as anything unusual. While I don’t mind it – even if it means dodging the more boisterous boys from time to time – it still seems out of the ordinary to me. Guess I have a long way to go before I become a proper Israeli.

Meantime, courtesy of the Times of Israel, here are a selection of interesting Lag BaOmer links:

Bonfire time

It’s Lag Ba’Omer tonight (Wednesday), and I am just back from a very nice batmitzvah party in Netanya, including a bonnie bonfire on the beach.

Israel goes bonfire crazy tonight, and I also spotted several on the way home. Thankfully, I saw no fire engines. Tonight is the Israeli equivalent of Guy Fawkes Night in the UK, and the firefighting forces are on high alert. I am praying for an incident free Lag Ba’Omer, but don’t expect it.

Then, when I got out of the car, I breathed in a lungful of smoke tainted air. Yuk. I’m almost tempted to stay indoors tomorrow, to keep away from the expected smog.