Friday, April 20, 2012
This year in Jerusalem
Religious Jews hoarding Passover staples
Psst. I'm still alive over here. We are coming off a nearly three week Passover school holiday break and I have been remiss about posting blog entries. I have however been posting lots of pics on Instagram and I invite you to follow my meanderings over there. I'll follow you right back. It's quite fun! A billion dollars worth of fun, so says Facebook.
I wasn't prepared for such a long break in the middle of the year. But we threw together a pretty fun itinerary packed with visits with friends, travels north, south, east and west, a trip to some enchanted caves, a fantastic seder, a surprise and mysterious visit from Elijah the Prophet and camping in the desert. We even had lunch one day with Mr. Rosen at his work in Jerusalem.
I will say that spending Passover in Israel is a very rich experience. Between the meticulous nation-wide spring cleaning (removal of all bread and crumbs from the home), hoarding of eggs, potatoes, onions and matzah, and the throngs of Israelis hiking about the country, it's really a lot to absorb. Never mind that we personally experienced no less than five out of the ten plagues (blood, lice, boils, hail, and darkness). Let's just say it's enough blog material to last forty years wandering in the desert, if only I'd had the energy to write it all down. Dayenu. Maybe I'll be more on the (matzah) ball next year.
For now's here's a smattering of pics from those three weeks. Enjoy!
Dead sea and view of Jordan
Saba grating the bitter herb with traditional protective eyewear.
Seder table including rice cake "matzah" cover for our glutton free guests
Elder carrying small Israelite during the exodus.
Obeying the voice of God, Moses and Miriam put their arms around each other.
Enchanted stalactite cave
Not bear proof, but hyena proof.
The oompa loompa I found on top of Tzin Wilderness
Descent to Gov River Valley
Respite from heat.
Desert in bloom
At Kibbutz Sde Boker