Shalom Uvracha Meha’aretz! Things are good over here and thankfully there haven’t been any major incidents. Just a few things worthy of bullet points:
- Security going to Israel went by much quicker than I thought it would. Perhaps this is an Iberia Airlines thing. We’ll see about going back.
- The airport in Madrid is stunning with its mountain views, but is far too large and inefficiently built.
- I sat across the isle from someone I dated and had absolutely no recollection of her. None. Complete black out. Normally I can remember at least one quirk or minimally a name or I could remember actively repressing a memory. Totally blanked on this one. I’m either getting too old or I’ve dated too many people. Possibly both. Thankfully I blamed lack of sleep
- Walk The Line was a decent but thoroughly overrated movie (as was Reese Witherspoon’s performance)
- Despite the changing planes in Madrid, Iberia did not lose the luggage. Yes, this deserves a bullet point
- I need to start a new series here called You Make the Pesak for all those times where you need to make a halakhic decision on the spur of the moment. More on the impetusfor this when I get back.
- Ben Gurion’s new airport is nice and all, but frankly I do miss holding on for dear life as bus traverses the tarmac. It was part of the charm
- Israeli Moment 1: Despite the new and improveness of Ben Gurion, the luggage conveyer belt broke. Rather, the belt which goes around in that big oval broke. The belt which drops the luggage on the larger one was working fine, as evidenced by the major backup and avalanche of luggage onto hapless passangers. Of course the best way to solve this problem was not to fix the larger belt or even to switch to a different one, but to mill about and send more bags on top of each other. Gotta love Israel.
- Amazingly, the Orange Big Talk phone I bought when I was in Gruss, *still* works (though they added a random 4 to the number), had 75 shekel left on it from the last time my parents were there, and the phone book was still intact including several people I dated when I was in Gruss (most of them married – one just got engaged last week). On the down side, it now has a battery life of roughly 7 minutes.
- I really miss talking to Haham Faur.
- Raising kids is easy – just give them food and make sure they don’t kill themselves. It’s raising *good* kids that’s difficult, but a whole lot more worthwhile.
I’m planning on being in Alon Shevut for Shabbat and yes I’ll send generic regards to random strangers. In the meantime, Hag Kasher V’Sameach again, and enjoy your sedarim!
The fours (and other numbers, for example seven and two) were added becuase Israel was running out of cell numberss.
Talk about cell phone saturation.
Anways, I hope you are well, and I hope the niblings are well….you better come back with pictures!
You can replace that battery you know, and if you weren’t on sprint (or your contract has not expired) you can move to a SIM enabled phone, you know (nextel style)
“Raising kids is easy – just give them food and make sure they don’t kill themselves.”
There is something really funny about that line.
I feel slightly guilty for this one
“I need to start a new series here called You Make the Pesak for all those times where you need to make a halakhic decision on the spur of the moment. More on the impetusfor this when I get back.”
I really hope you don’t mind about that
If you are in Alon Shvut this hsbbat (lucky!) and you meet an Urbach, ask if that person is either brother/sister/father/mother of a girl named Amalia. (or if her name is Amalia.) If so, send my greetings (she is one of my ex roommates) and tell her (or any other said person) to say hello to her Aunt, Rachel Keren for me…
Ack I am so jealous…..I want to be there…
I must first say I hope you had a wonderful Pesach. Secondly, are you not surprised over the lack of proficiency at Ben Gurion? We can’t even figure out the Arab problem in Israel.
My good friend Rav Kahane Z”L”B had a vision that we still are not learning from to this very day. Are you not surprised the Jews in Israel are not normal people? That we are willing to commit mass suicide because of our paranoia and our ridicuolous fear that the Arabs will rule. Well they will if we keep this wimpering streak up. Giving up Gaza, electing Olmert , what’s next Rabbi? Giving the whole state up?
Unfortunately if we dont do something quick, we are all in for a lot of trouble and i write this with the heaviest of hearts and with a saddening fear myself both Jews in Israel, and America are in for some very dark times ahead.
Yet, on a good notes, I will be in Efrat, Nok Dim, Tekoa, GushEtzion , Beit Shemesh, of course Yerushalayim in August with my callah, I think you know her as well.
I wish you well Rabbi and may all true good zionists find strength and go to the places like Alon Shevut we should be going to and living in with happiness, prosperity and most importantly peace.