Sayed Kashua's Trial by Fire

I'm afraid of fire. Fire and water, my grandmother used to say, are the worst ways to die. I tried to reassure myself, thinking that it's a Jewish holiday after all.

I’m not quite sure how it happened, but last week I found myself sitting at the Lag Ba’omer bonfire as a parent chaperone for my daughter’s class. The email from the parents’ committee contained a desperate appeal for parent volunteers, since they couldn’t be responsible for leaving young children alone at night next to a bonfire. “Hey, what do you think about me being the parent...