|Writing my blog looking out at the Judean Hills|
Yesterday during morning T'filot, services, just as we were in the middle of praying the Amidah, standing prayer, we could clearly hear the call of the Muezzin, the cleric at a Mosque charged to call everyone to pray. It is is unusual to hear the Arabic call to pray as you pray in Hebrew, but a beautiful part of being in Israel.
Last night after Havdahlah we went into Jerusalem and had a nosh with friends and visited Mamila Mall. It is in outdoor mall which is very close to the Old City of Jerusalem. I think the parents and students had a good time shopping.
|Ethan at Tzuba|
Today with many of the parents visiting Masada I will be in Jewish history class with Ethan. I have been known to not keep quiet during these visits but will be on good behavior.
It rained this morning, I guess my prayers in the Amidah yesterday when we all prayed for rain came true. The sun is coming out and it should be a wonderful day.
One last story well, for today. On the cab ride here after the driver asked (in Hebrew of course) if I knew the way to Tzuba, which I do not; he asked where I was from. I mentioned that I live near Chicago. (It's easier than saying Deerfield) He told me there are many people here from Chicago. I am not sure if he meant Jerusalem or Israel but I responded immediately, yes there were many people here from Chicago including Barak Obama. He smiled and said, "B'emet" (really?) and I told him B'emet that Obama lived in Chicago and had been my Senator before he was President. My cabbie thought that was very funny...or maybe it was my Hebrew. We will never know.