Spring is a beautiful time in Israel. The trees and flowers are all in bloom and the days with rain are almost over until fall. Most people say that there is no rain after Shavuot, which this year begins at Sundown, May 23.
This week we have two holidays. Tuesday night to Wednesday night is Memorial Day. This of course is a sad day in which the siren is sounded for a minute of silence and special ceremonies and television programs are aired. Then, Wednesday night, the sadness turns to joy as we celebrate Independence Day. In the center of our city, there will be bands, fireworks, food trucks, etc., to celebrate the day.