"Our heart beats as one; we must stand together in hard times," said Minister Tzipi Hotovely. * Event held right after Lag Ba'omer, which tradition says was the end of a plague killing thousands.
The ban was set to prevent mass gatherings in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Israel has barred public Lag Ba'omer barbecues, which typically dot parks across the country, and even as it has begun lifting some restrictions, large gatherings remain illegal.
In Bnei Brak, hundreds of residents gathered around a fire lit in the middle of Damesek Eliezer Street. Police arrived at the scene, quickly extinguished the flames and dispersed the crowds.
Netanyahu uploaded his Lag BaOmer greeting on his Twitter account, where he wrote, "Lag B'omer - this year bonfires only on Zoom!"
Just as COVID-19 put a crimp in Passover Seders, Remembrance Day grieving of bereaved families, and Independence Day celebrations, so too is it altering the Lag Ba'omer celebrations this year.
Only 150 people have been given permission to attend the festival. Among the 150 invitees, only a single woman has received an invitation.
Out of 22,000 ancient coins found in the Old City, only four can be traced back to Bar Kochba rebellion.
Last week, police sealed off the holy site, and only residents will be allowed into the town of Meron until after the Lag Ba’omer celebrations.
Mordecai ben David, Yaakov Shweky and Ishay Ribo will perform together for the first time in a three-hour show.