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Thousands of Israelis visit the Knesset today as it opens its doors to the public hosting an Open House event on the occasion of the parliament’s 63 birthday. Speaker of the Knesset, Mr. Reuven “Rubi” Rivlin was quoted saying: ”The Knesset is the house of the people, and this will literally be true, when a crowd of thousands comes to the Knesset to enjoy a range of activities. The purpose of the ”Open House” is to celebrate the Knesset`s birthday in a way which will bring the public closer to the Knesset, its unique role and its operations. The happening taking place on Tu Bishvat will be a mix of educational activities, cultural events, exercises led by MKs and yearly traditional ceremonies. I can promise anyone who comes an exceptional experience.”
Many interactive activities took place in Parliament today including the Knesset Band who welcomed visitors in the front plaza, ‘Story Hour’ for children lead by MKs, an exhibition of the Knesset Guard dog handlers, symposiums lead by MKs on political issues for students, actors dressed as famous Israeli political leaders interacted with visitors and a workshop on hand-powered bicycles for the handicapped.
Lag BaOmer, celebrated in Judaism on the 33rd day after Passover, is signified by the lighting of bonfires. 01/05/2010. Jerusalem, Israel.
Yes, size does matter in regard to Lag BaOmer bonfires. In the religious neighborhood of Bait VaGan in Jerusalem participants claim their bonfire is the biggest in Jerusalem. Rising some six or seven meters in height, neighborhood children began collecting wood weeks ago and construction with assistance of the elders took a few days.
The origins of Lag BaOmer are disputed. Traditionally it was on this day in the 1st Century AD that a plague came to end, but not before wiping out 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva. Another interpretation is that the students were killed as part of the Roman attempt to wipe out Judaism after the Bar Kohba revolt (132-136 AD).