Todah and Shabbat Shalom…

12/24/2009 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

My wife and I arrived in Israel last night for a stay of about ten days.  The visit incorporates the opportunity for the unveiling of my late mother’s tombstone, and also some sorely needed R and R.  Only a few minutes ago, my wife checked her e-mail and saw that someone on our synagogue listserv had asked what Christmas was like in Israel.

The short answer is- you wouldn’t know it’s Christmas.

No Problem Finding a Minyan Here…

12/31/2009 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Last week I wrote about how (outside of Bethlehem, Nazareth, etc. of course), Christmas was basically invisible here in Israel, where I am visiting.  New Year’s Eve celebrations are a bit different.  In Tel-Aviv, there were parties and celebrations long into the night.  In Jerusalem, where I am, other than the American kids who are here for the year, it was pretty much a night like all others.   I can’t say as I missed all the hoopla too very much.  It was oddly calm…

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