Standing for the TzfiraFor information on the Ani Iparon -- "I'm a pencil" sem girl statement, see AirTime's post here.I just heard (second-hand) this great Yom Ha'Zikaron anecdote about standing for the siren...
Introduction: the Hebrew word for siren is tzfira
This American seminary girl was returning to Israel from her Pesach trip home to the USA (visiting her family). She happened to return to Israel on the night of Yom Ha'Zikaron, though she knew nothing about that.
Anyway, so she is in the taxi on the way to Jerusalem from the airport. The taxi driver stops the taxi and says, "tzfira". The clock strikes 8 and the siren begins to wail. They stand outside of the taxi, and the sem girl starts shuckling and says the Bracha of "Al Sfiras Ha'Omer" and counts that days Omer.
After that she recounts how beautiful it is that in Israel, they sound a siren to announce the Sefira and everyone counts at the same time.
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד