Monday, July 23, 2007

Israel Day 6 / 7

I was hesitant to give this poor person money, knowing that it may very well go towards more pool toys...

We were lucky enough to get a ride back from the Shomron, which sure beats taking the bus. The gentleman who drove us back made Aliyah some 15 years ago and was involved with MDA and Hatzoloh in addition to being involved with a political party...oh yeah, and 7 kids. Interesting guy...and a scotch drinker, too!

After unpacking our stuff and some R&R (hey, we're on vacation) we headed to Beitar for the afternoon to visit one of PegLaz's friends from high school who subsequently moved to Israel. Her husband is a Bostoner Chassid and wears the whole garb, yet is a very, very normal guy and we've always gotten along very well, despite obvious differences. They have 3 kids (pictured) who are very cute and who, to their parents dismay, speak English like a bunch of Israelis. We spent a couple of hours there catching up with all that had been going on since our previous visit last summer then headed back to Yerushalayim.

It just happened that the Beitar bus dropped us off at Malcha mall, so we walked around there for a while. They had a couple of small artist booths there which had some neat stuff....aside from that (and the half-naked women), it's a regular mall. I'm always amazed at the amount of Arabs that I see at the mall and on Ben Yehuda. Funny how they can come into our hood no problem, but if we were to try to go into a mall in Nablus I have a feeling we wouldn't be as successful. Dinner was at Tal Bagel and while it was good, we're anxiously awaiting the end of the 9 Days so we can at the many meat restaurants around. I hear that there's Burgers Bar at the IBL games, so maybe we'll hit that up Wednesday night.

Just ran some errands up and down Yaffo St. today, picking up presents, food for the fast, a Talis bag, etc. 90 degrees and not a cloud in the sky pretty much every day here, so my tan is in full-effect. Tisha B'av tonight, and I hear many people walk around the entire Old City, which, in theory, sounds like a great idea, yet in practice probably isn't so smart, considering I don't fast too well. Looking forward to shaving, that's for sure.


Blogger SaraK said...

Hope you have an easy fast. Tisha B'av in Yerushalayim should be very meaningful.

12:37 PM, July 23, 2007

Anonymous aishel said...

I saw that guy on Ben Yehuda too! Except when I passed him, he was completely in the sun.

Hope you had an easy one

3:07 PM, July 24, 2007


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