Israelis are nothing if not… persistent. That’s how we ended up here after thousands of years, and it’s how we became Startup Nation. So when we planned to go to the beach weeks ago for Yom Haatzmaut, you can bet the forecast be damned and we were going to the &@!$% beach.
Even if there were 35mph winds, wintery temperatures, and not a single other soul but our party in view.
Recently I came across this ‘infographic’. I don’t know the source or whether the stats are correct, but it still resonates because we all know what the sky looks like by the time Yom Haatzmaut is over:
1636 cows. 1884 sheep. 548 pigs. 685,000 chickens… in one day. Happy Independence Day.
The animals. The air. The smell of our hair. Nothing is left untouched when we get excited about something as a nation.
Are there alternatives to a gluttonous meatfest when celebrating the most important event in modern Jewish history?
An early hike, before the smoke settles
A day at the beach – it’s not as crowded as you’d think, and no bbq-ing allowed
A block party – a group in Efrat puts one on every year – what better way to celebrate community?
I know it’s ‘what’s done’ and I know we as a country love to barbecue in general. But surely we could diversify a little bit.
Maybe an even healthier by-product would be less audible duf duf music.
A couple days ago, unsure of whether my son’s gan would cover it extensively, I started teaching him about Yom Haatzmaut myself.
Which actually just meant teaching him the word דגל.
Yesterday, he discovered the Israeli flag in our house… the very one we had been talking about. That made him mildly excited and less skeptical that I’m just spewing useless information half the time.
On the way to gan today, through streets covered in flags, lamp posts draped in flags, homes decorated in flags – he just. couldn’t. believe. it.
At every turn, at every new kikar, he squealed in laughter and cries of ‘degels! degel! more degel! DEGELS EVERYWHERE!’
And lest you become concerned with there being yet another zealous zionist in the world, well… I’m pretty sure it was more about the wonderment at there being so many of something he just learned exists.