Happy Birthday, Israel!

Today was Yom Ha’atzmaut, otherwise known as Independence Day or Israel’s 59th birthday. On this day, we celebrate the existence of our country by…what else? EATING MEAT! Here are a few pics from the last 24 hours…

Downtown Jerusalem: if I had a nickel for every religious 17 year-old I saw last night,
I’d be
this man.

Four hundred twenty-three trees were killed in the making of this holiday picnic. Ech omrim “please use the trash receptacle?”

The average Israeli on Yom Ha’atzmaut. I think my cholesterol level tripled.

This is the stage for the musical performers who went on tonight. This bash in Park Hayarkon was put on by Arkadi Gaydamak, linked to above. Tel Aviv really knows how to party. (Though that sounds like sarcasm, it’s not.)

I don’t think I’ve gotten enough sleep during the last few days of holidays. Until I get over my writer’s block, I leave you with this Yom Ha’atzmaut-themed gift: my light-hearted list of what’s great about this country. Happy birthday, Israel!

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