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Friday, September 05, 2008

A Million Reasons.....

Other bloggers, pundits and paid professionals have posted numerous and excellent reasons why we love living in Israel.

So maybe someone else has already said this, but the Boy pointed out that one of the great things about living here is that the kids at his school blow the shofar every morning of the week during Elul.

This didn't happen in Marin. As a matter of fact, our rabbi blew the shofar and there were times the neighbors complained about the noise.

The absolutely funniest part of living there was local cluelessness.

The Chabad House truly was a house. It sat on a boulevard that was the major artery for traffic in the neighborhood. It was situated less than a block from a large elementary school, and kitty-corner from the school's enormous yard where soccer games were held every week. On Saturdays.

When the rabbi went through the application process to change its designation from a house to a synagogue, the neighborhood went nuts. This particular neighborhood had delusions of self-importance anyway, but those civic minded opponents who showed up for the hearing demanded that the rezoning from residence to Orthodox synagogue be halted immediately because it would lead to an increase in traffic on their street on Saturdays.

Hello? Orthodox Jews don't drive on Saturdays.

And how come the soccer clubs get to drive-and-park a hundred cars on Saturdays, and that's not a problem?

It's almost Shabbat, so I'll leave SATs on Saturdays and Home-Coming Dances on Yom Kippur for another time, but the Boy is right -- it's great to be here!


Blogger Baila said...

You and I know there are so many great things about being here, but it's always very gratifying when our children point it out.

Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 10:47:00 PM GMT+3  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

spot on. Because of course I loved having to send in that sabbath exemption letter when registering for my ACTs and the effects of sunday testing on the curve and my score. Priceless. Glad that you're loving it!

Sunday, September 7, 2008 at 5:41:00 AM GMT+3  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last time I was knowingly mechalel Shabbat was when I needed to take my SATs. I had decided the week before to start keeping Shabbat, and it was too late to get an exemption - so I dressed up, took the SATs, and then walked to synagogue. A lot of my friends thought I was really weird coming to the SATs in a dress and stockings!

Sunday, September 7, 2008 at 4:48:00 PM GMT+3  

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