Shabbat was great. Went to Yakar
Friday night for services. hadn't been there in ages, and although it was ridiculously crowded (I ended up davening
outside on the balcony!) it was still awesome. Saturday we had some people over for lunch. The apartment is coming together pretty nicely. Still need to fix it up a bit, but I'm hoping to put off buying things until I have a job. Not a huge fan of spending money when there's none coming in...But a blanket might be kinda important, huh?
Today Marc, Andy & I went to the shuk
so Marc could buy a lulav.
First we wandered through the normal market (check out the...whatever it is Andy's holding in the pic.) It wasn't too crowded, which was nice. When you only go the shuk right before Shabbat (the way we take groups on Birthright) it can be a bit overwhelming. Don't get me wrong, I totally love the overwhelming-ness, but sometimes it's nice to have it be a bit more chill.
There's a whole separate market set up, called "Shuk Arbah Haminim"
("The Market of the Four Species
"). It's full of tables and tables of what looks like exactly the same things, with people examining them trying to get the "perfect" specimen.
Not gonna lie, it was pretty awesome...for the most part. I need to go on a quick little rant here about the lack of parenting that I keep seeing among the ultra-religious. So while Marc was buying his lulav, I saw this little boy walk by, crying. When he walked back for what must have been at the least the fourth time, I finally got his attention. "Atah tzarich ezra?"
("Do you need help?") He didn't really want to talk to me, but he answered when Marc spoke to him (maybe it was the girl factor?) Marc let the kid use his cell phone to call his dad, and then we waited for the father to show up.
1 minute. 2 minutes. 5 minutes. 10
The kid just stood there, clutching the pole of one of the stands, anxiously looking around. Finally he agreed to call his dad again, and the boy ran off. We watched to make sure he met up with his dad--the dad looked unconcerned. His child had been crying
, he was scared
, and the dad was just worried about what lulav he was buying. Seriously
??!!! Blows my mind. How could a parent not care like that?? Later on Marc saw the boy point Marc out to his father--nothing. No "Oh my goodness, thank you so much!" or even a nod of thanks...just continued with what he was doing...
I was FURIOUS. I tried not to be, I tried to just forget about it, but I don't get it. I keep having similar experiences to that... The woman who sat next to me in Frankfurt during my layover, who just stared straight ahead while her infant kept crawling away and and strangers kept bringing him back....or the child (couldn't have been older than 3) who kept wandering to the back of the bus while her mother sat with her other 3 kids and kept chatting to another women...What is it about that culture that seems to accept that type of parenting??!!! I know it's not everyone, but it's enough to create a trend. A disturbing trend... Okay, enough for now. Thanks for hearing me out...
Succot begins tomorrow night. Super excited. I totally LOVE
Succot in Israel. Having dinner tomorrow night at my friend Ezra's, founder of the Jerusalem Soul Center
. Super excited. Ezra's an awesome guy, doing some amazing things... Then on Tuesday we're going over to Uri's for lunch, also exciting :)
Okay, all for now!
I'm in Israel!!
Got here yesterday afternoon, after a long
trip. Had a 5 hour layover in Frankfurt, most of which I spent sitting on the floor wishing I hadn't left my awesome tempurpedic
pillow on my first flight..Watched a few movies, chatted with the Israeli kid sitting in front of me, Yaron, and was super jealous of his awesome Canon 5D
When I got here I went out o dinner with Marc and Andy (our roommate), then passed out even though it was only 7:30. Today I stopped by Pardes during the community lunch there so Marc could introduce me to everyone. Started unpacking and getting our apartment set up. It's so cute!
We're having people over after Yom Kippur for a break fast, so Marc & I are going to pick up some bagels and stuff in the morning. Shana Tova and have a safe and meaningful fast!
This time tomorrow I'll be on my way to Israel! In typical Shosh fashion, I'm not entirely packed yet, and instead I'm over at Kimmie's watching the Sex & the City movie. The packing'll happen eventually, right?
So I have a new cell phone for Israel. 052-516-7713. Once Marc gets the internet set up, we'll have an American number also, but for now my Israeli cell will have to do.
Okay, all for now!