Sacred and Insane

Sacred and Insane: An Aliyah Journal

Week’s end absurdities – 3/11

I’ve decided that on every weekend from now on I will publish a brief list of some of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen, heard or smelled over the past week. Things that don’t warrant an entire post but encapsulate the eccentric world that is Israeli society.

-Monday: I was struggling to carry a six-pack of two-liter bottles of water, some religious-ish teenage "mean girls" decided to block the entrance to the store I was exiting from.

Excuse the low-quality iPhone photography.

Six months in...

Six months in and still going strong – well, usually.

And boy, am I thankful for that.

Week’s end absurdities – 3/4

I’ve decided that on every weekend from now on I will publish a brief list of some of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen, heard or smelled over the past week. Things that don’t warrant an entire post but encapsulate the eccentric world that is Israeli society.

-Sunday: My brother and I managed to Skype for 2.5 hours, after not getting to speak for a long time. It was quite fun – though I'm trying to figure out what we possibly chatted about for so long. I do hope he finally comes to visit this spring.

Week's end absurdities – 2/25

 I’ve decided that on every weekend from now on I will publish a brief list of some of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen, heard or smelled over the past week. Things that don’t warrant an entire post but encapsulate the eccentric world that is Israeli society.

-Monday: No matter where you are in the world, you can always find The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I have to admit it was difficult to resist purchasing my childhood pop-up favorite while reporting at the Jerusalem Book Fair that evening. Meanwhile, I not only met a fellow Giants fan, I also met a very lovely couple in their mid-70s who enjoy traveling everywhere from Antarctica to the North Pole to Timbuktu. I'm thoroughly impressed by them and hope to see them again soon!

Baby preparing for battle??

A refreshing start

 My new Hebrew class that I began two weeks ago is a far-cry from the previous one in terms of content, but also, I must admit, in terms of the amount of effort I am putting into it.

One amazing thing about my class at Milah downtown is that you can hardly hope to have an English conversation with the other students, as there are only three Americans. The rest: a Venezuelan, two Brazilians, an Italian, two South Koreans, an Egyptian, a Hollander a Ukrainian and a Belorussian.

Week’s end absurdities – 2/17

 I’ve decided that on every weekend from now on I will publish a brief list of some of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen, heard or smelled over the past week. Things that don’t warrant an entire post but encapsulate the eccentric world that is Israeli society.

-(Last Friday afternoon): Yes, I realize that this qualifies as the end of last week, and not this one, but last Friday's incident was too ridiculous not to add to my list here. My invitation to my friend Cori's wedding finally arrived (keep in mind she lives probably about two miles from me), over a month after it was postmarked, with the envelope torn completely open. Glad to see that someone so desperately wanted the details about my friend's wedding. Beautiful invitation though!

Her foot was totally in my territory. At least I won!

A Shabbat resignation

This Shabbat, I found myself the bearer of big news – not personal news, but big international news.

About 45 minutes after sundown, (now former) Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned, and Shabbat observers all over Israel continued their evenings completely unaware. I, on the other hand, was unashamedly sitting on Gmail and getting ready to leave for a dinner at Beit Jewlicious, when I received an instant message from a friend of mine with a link to Aljazeera.net.

Week's end absurdities – 2/11

I’ve decided that on every weekend from now on I will publish a brief list of some of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen, heard or smelled over the past week. Things that don’t warrant an entire post but encapsulate the eccentric world that is Israeli society.

Submerged hippo

'That happens to everyone during the first year here'

I think I've caught more illnesses in the past five months that I've been here than I accumulated during the previous past two years in total.

And for those of you who have spoken to me for more than five minutes, you know that the idea of catching viruses, bacteria or anything of the sort is nothing less than frightening to my loveably germaphobic self.

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Week’s end absurdities – 2/4

 I’ve decided that on every Friday morning from now on I will publish a brief list of some of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen, heard or smelled over the past week. Things that don’t warrant an entire post but encapsulate the eccentric world that is Israeli society.

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