Flags, Trumpets and Strange Choreography: Happy Independence Day!

Sure the flagbearers got things mixed up, there was barely an Arab in sight and nothing in the Independence Day ceremony had to do with Israelis' real, everyday lives, but that didn't stop the crowd from loving it.

It's my first torch lighting ceremony. I am sitting in Stand B, Row 19 on the right side with a little plastic Israeli flag. I'm no great nationalist, but what can I say, I'm a fan of little plastic flags. The sun had started to turn the pine trees on Mount Herzl a shade of red. A mother proudly asks her daughter who was Herzl. Her daughter responds, "The guy who took all the Jews out of Egypt." Then...