Thursday, October 30, 2014

"Card Game," The Perils of Public Transportation

It was no game of Solitaire, certainly not Free Cell or my favorite computer card game Spider Solitaire. We're not taking about those sorts of cards. The card that had me running all over the Jerusalem Central Bus Station.

The RavKav looks like such a cheery fun card in this picture. But today, it caused me much stress and aggravation. Early in the day it was fine. When I took the train and buses it worked, but I knew that there were few rides left within Jerusalem and none between Jerusalem (or Sha'ar Binyamin)-Shiloh. So I needed to fill it. I like to fill the Jerusalem trips in the City-Pass office in Binyan Clal and the Shiloh trips in the bus station. (That's a subject for another post.)

from a different day, but
there are always lines
My friend convinced me to try the machines by the train and promised to help. I had a bad experience trying to pay that way once, which is why I don't use them. We succeeded in putting 20 trips into the card. After that I took my nephew to lunch, introduced him to kubbehs- a north-African delicacy, did some shopping in Machane Yehuda and then walked to the bus station.

At the bus station I purposely chose a clerk who didn't look familiar because I've had too many bad experiences with some nasty ones. I told her what I wanted, paid and then... a red light kept going on when she tried to put the "trips" into the card, instead of the green light.
"Sorry, but something is wrong with your card."
"How could that be. I just put in 20 rides for inside Jerusalem."
"Yes, but now I can't work it. You need to go to the "Superbus" office near #1. Don't worry, he'll take care of it, and then you don't have to wait on line."
So I went to that office, opened the door and saw some guy behind a desk eating.
"Lady, I'm on a break. Come back at 2pm."  
It was then  1:30.
"But I'll miss my bus."
"So, what? It's my break. Can't you see?"
"You can go to hell," I replied. That's not what I'd normally say, but I always put down my fork/food when a customer needs me at work.
Then I ran back to the clerk, pushed my way to the front and told her that he was eating and wouldn't see me. She quickly made a phone call.
"Go to Reuven by #22. He's expecting you and will help."
Well, I pushed my way and the guy guarding the door listened, called to Reuven who said I should go to a different clerk. She tested my card and said it was fine. When I explained the problem, she said to go to Eyal at #17.  So I went there, and they said that he had gone home. Yes, I went back to the clerk. She couldn't understand why Reuven didn't help me. Luckily someone who seemed to be the supervisor was there. He heard the story and then took me back to Reuven who made me smile into the camera for a new card.

Then I took the new card back to the clerk who transferred the Shiloh-Jerusalem rides I had just bought to it, but she couldn't transfer the internal Jerusalem rides. Hopefully, that card will still work in Jerusalem, if not I have to go to the City-Pass office.

By 2pm I was waiting for the bus home, which came a couple of minutes later. But the story isn't over. I put the card on the bus's "card reader," and red-light went on. I almost had a nervous breakdown. There was no time to run back to the clerk. The driver told me to wait, when he heard that I had just loaded it. I took a front seat and waited. After we started the trip home to Shiloh, we tried the card again, and it did work, B"H.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Picturing Things Differently, Memories of Being the Girls Gym Teacher

Yesterday I ended up walking around Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh three times. I may still be a bit dehydrated...and bli neder I'll write more about it at a later date.

First I took my nephew around. He had never been in Shiloh before, and I don't know how familiar he is with archaeological sites. I tried to give a basic, history background of the place. I'm not the greatest tour guide. I'm more into ideas, concepts, historical lessons than numbers, like "duh" is my answer to:
"How many years ago was the Tabernacle destroyed?"
For me Shiloh is more than just a very special historical/ Biblical site and a crucial part of Jewish History. I know that many of the impressive finds don't have any holiness, but I still got a kick out of this...

PS when I was the girls' gym teacher I used pillars like these for games, like "Musical Chairs." But even I thought using them as kitchen work-space a bit surprising. I guess they've lasted so long that coffee won't stain them.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Shiloh, Door on Jewish History, via 52 Frames

This week's theme/challenge on 52 Frames, the facebook photography group was doors/windows. I took a bunch of pictures of your usual doors and windows, but nothing seemed special. That's it until Rosh Chodesh Marchesvan, the first of the Jewish Month of Marcheshvan when I was with my friends for Women's Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh. I noticed the partially reconstructed doorways in the archaeological finds.

Yes, the door on Jewish History!

One of the most important things we must teach/explain is that there has been a Jewish Nation for thousands of years here in this corner of the Middle East, and it actually began in Shiloh. Shiloh was the first capital of the Jewish Nation, prior to the time of the Kings. For three-hundred-sixty-nine years Shiloh was the religious and administrative Capital of the Jewish Nation. We were ruled by the Kohenim, priestly tribe, which was stationed/based in Shiloh where the Mishkan, Tabernacle had stood. It was the forerunner of the Holy Temples, Har Habayit, Temple Mount, Jerusalem.

Photography isn't just about taking pretty pictures.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Shabbat, Without it I Couldn't Survive

I must thank my good friend Esther Revivo for this. She posted a lovely "gratitude" piece on facebook and gave me permission to repost it here:
"Short gratitude post for today: I am eternally grateful for having Shabbat a part of my life. It grounds me and is the center of my enter week. I spend the whole week gearing up for it- baking ahead of time; buying, preparing and freezing special foods for Shabbat. It is a warm, wonderful spiritual family day when my family is cut off from the media and everything digital. I feel my soul, spirit, mental and physical strength energized and connection to G-d renewed.Having lived the first 15 years of my life in a home without Shabbat observance, I never take this for granted. I love living in Israel where Shabbat is part of the national consciousness and I'm not considered strange for my actions. Thank you Hashem for this precious gift!"
Like Esther, I, too, wasn't raised with any familiarity to a traditional, Torah Jewish Shabbat. After close to half a century keeping Shabbat according to Torah Judaism aka Orthodox Judaism, I just can't imagine surviving life without it.

Shabbat is a chance to breathe. Sometimes it is a drop stressful getting everything done beforehand, before we light the Shabbat Candles and usher in the peacefulness. All the food must be cooked, light-switches set, floors cleaned, laundry washed. Only someone, like a doctor or police or in the military etc., may find him/herself disturbed on Shabbat.

Once you adjust to the cycle, getting everything ready on time isn't all that complicated.

We pray, we eat, we stay pretty close to home and we rest  physically, mentally, emotionally. We recharge our batteries to help us cope with the following week.

Thank G-d for giving us Shabbat!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Return to Gingi, Hadar Mall, Talpiyot, Jerusalem

Last week, my friend and I, with little time to do our usual menu/price survey before eating lunch, decided to return to "Steakiyat Ginji," at the Talpiyot Hadar Mall, Jerusalem, because we had really enjoyed the meal we had there a few months ago.

We even ordered exactly the same thing as before. The price of ns39 for freshly broiled (according to halacha, Jewish Law) liver and unlimited salads, the best salads we've ever eaten, is a bargain for sure. We didn't even glance at the basket of pittot this time, because we weren't even tempted. We were too busy drooling over the salads to be bothered with the bread.

The waiter first served us the liver with "french fries," because we had forgotten to mention we didn't want potatoes. When we apologetically said that we needed a substitution, he quickly offered to bring our liver with fresh salad. No muss, no fuss, unlike other restaurants.

I don't usually review the same restaurant more than once, but my experience at Steakiyat Ginji סטיקיית ג'נג'י was so good, they do deserve a second blog post. As a restaurant reviewer I should have ordered something else, but since I never prepare liver, and I almost never have the opportunity to eat it, that was what I ordered. My friend was of the same mind as me about it.

I highly recommend the restaurant. I believe that it's a chain, so if you're familiar with other branches, please give information in the comments, thanks.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

First Joint Jewish Blog Carnival, HH-KCC of 5775

cross-posted on Shiloh Musings
It ends up that I'm hosting both the Kosher Cooking Carnival for the Jewish Month of Cheshvan and the Havel Havelim for the week of Noach, so they are being combined.

I'd like to remind you to please remember to send in more links, best with a sentence describing the post. And also please volunteer to host. And most important is to share the carnivals, read, comment and share the included posts, too, thanks.

Remember, you don't have to be blogger to read and comment and share blog posts! Enjoy and Shavua Tov to all!
The Kosher Cooking Carnival is a monthly blog carnival about kosher food, kosher cooking, anything to do with kosher food. I started it many years ago when a post of mine was rejected by a food/recipe carnival that wanted to restrict that edition to ham. Like many if not all of the ancient enemies of the Jewish People, that blog carnival no longer exists, but we're still cooking!
Nowadays KCC is organized on our facebook page. You can sign up to host or find out who's hosting there. Or just write to me shilohmuse at gmail dot com. The editions generally appear around Rosh Chodesh, which is the first day of the Jewish Month. The Kosher Cooking Carnival is more than just a recipe carnival. It includes posts about all aspects of kashrut, what makes food kosher, custom, recipes and also cookbook and restaurant reviews, kosher of course.
Please check out the posts, read, comment and of course share them and this blog round-up.
Havel Havelim is the weekly international Jewish blog carnival that has been appearing well over a decade. It was begun by Soccer Dad who no longer blogs. He coordinated it for quite a while. Now we use our facebook page to coordinate and publicize it. That's where we sign up to host an edition (Hint! Hint!) and see the latest news. Join the page and become part of the community.
Mrs. S. Vegetarian Vegetable Quiche
Our Shiputzim aka Mrs. S. National Parks: Castel Edition
Ruth Making Etrog jam (recipe with commentary)
Sharon at Voices, To Live as a Jew, please pray for a refuah shleimah Yemima bat Sara
Yocheved Medication Safety: Part 3 of "Talk About Your Medicines" month
Leora Chicken, Rice, Salsa in a Pot
Tablet Magazine The Half-Mexican, Half-Japanese Chef Who Built a Career in Kosher Cooking
Ben-Tzion, Challah Bake aka Adventures of a Chief Rabbi: Female Pride and Asado Supreme.
And Parshat Noach by Ben-Tzion, Perfidious Friends
Varda Epstein, Chaya Zissel Braun And The End of Worlds
This ongoing war Imagine if the NYTimes knew how to sincerely apologize
Gail Winston Gaza War Diary: Thurs. Oct. 23 DAY 109 3 Am
Lady Light Israel's Universal Purpose
Real and Imagined Laws of Living in Silwan
Doug Food and beer pairing for Rosh Hashana: Beer and prakas (What's that?)
Tzivia Hashem's Amazing World: three terrific science / nature books for Jewish kids
Frugal and Kosher Vegan Black Bean Crumbles (Ground Beef Substitute)
And some of my recent posts, food, politics, whatever...
Better and Simpler than the Finest Sorbet
Aliyah Time! Hebrew is The Key to Success!
The Shabbat Food Warmer Cooks!
Color-Coded Shemitta Guides in Osher Ad
Chodesh Tov! Lesson From Biblical Shiloh, Prayer and Human Nature
Fizzy, Italian Kosher Wine
Shandy Tasting

It just gets Crazier and Crazier

Just a reminder to please visit the blogs, comment, share thanks.
You don't have to be a blogger to be part of our blogging community.
Please share this blog carnival to all, thanks.

Friday, October 24, 2014

First of the New Generation, A Milestone, Mazal Tov!

On my father's side of the family, I'm one of the oldest cousins. I'm all of six months younger than my older cousin. We both live in Israel, which is another story... And our oldest grandchildren, both girls, are about the same age difference.

Last night the clan celebrated the Bat Mitzvah of my cousin's granddaughter, which was a gorgeous, glorious and festive event, as it should be.

It's funny to think of the two of us as the  "alte kokus," the elderly ones of the clan, but we are. Yes, it's true that my father is still alive, but he's in Arizona, and a good portion of the family is here in Israel, including all of the youngest generation. They were all at the party, which is quite amazing when you think of it. Also half the generation of our kids were there including my nephew visiting from abroad. He got to meet cousins he didn't know at all, which was a real bonus.

Mazal Tov to all! We should enjoy good health and many more smachot, joyous occasions together.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Color-Coded Shemitta Guides in Osher Ad, אושר עד

My friend and I were in the Hadar Mall, Talpiyot, Jerusalem yesterday and checked out the new, Osher Ad, אושר עד giant discount  supermarket. Since we didn't have a shopping cart, we just bought an item or two but were impressed with the color-coding of the signs in the fruit and veggie department to easily indicate the origins and shemitta status of the food items.

Arab lettuce, non-Jewish

green/fresh garlic
from chu"l, abroad
dla'at, pumpkin
6th year

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Kosher Food Bloggers, Yoo-hoo!...

Nu, yoo-hoo, waky wake...
Water's boiling, shriek!
Hey, you...

It's time to send in links for the next Kosher Cooking Carnival, which I plan to post, G-d willing, bli neder, some time after this Shabbat, since Friday and Shabbat are Rosh Chodesh Marsheshvan.

The Kosher Cooking Carnival is the monthly blog carnival centered on all aspects of kosher food and kosher cooking, halacha (that's Jewish Law,) traditions, cookbook and restaurant reviews, kosher food news/updates and recipes, too, of course! Anything as long as it's kosher!

I started the blog carnival when a recipe of mine was rejected from a general recipe blog carnival, because the week's theme was ham. Nu, we're still putting together our kosher food carnival, and they're history...

Nowadays, we organize and make announcements, such as who's hosting, volunteer to host, etc. on our facebook page. Please send in your post from this month of Tishrei, or any you think would make a good contribution to the kosher food blog carnival to me at shilohmuse at gmail dot com, thanks. And, of course, please share this information, thanks.

PS You don't have to be a blogger to love, read, comment, share the Kosher Cooking Carnival!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Friend is Making a Movie

A neighbor of ours has been mentioning a movie he's involved with for the past few weeks or so. A mutual friend, former Hollywood guy, who has written some great books, such as Tevye in the Promised Land, and had, for a few enjoyable years, lived across the street with his family, the one and only Tzvi Fishman is making a movie! It's called  "Stories of Rebbe Nachman,"  and he's raising a bit of money to finish it off and get out to the public. Maybe you'd like to help.

To raise money, he's using

Watch the  trailer.

Here's the official explanation.
"Stories of Rebbe Nachman" will be a fun and inspiring, feature film based on four of Rebbe Nachman's wonderful, faith-filled, fairy tale-like fables. The film will be a powerful beacon of light in our dark and despairing world. The famous Hasidic master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, taught that stories can bring healing to the soul. While most people tell stories to children to put them to sleep, Rebbe Nachman told his stories to wake people up! Filled with many deep messages of faith, trust in God, and the importance of always being happy, these universal stories are for people of all ages. It is well known that after reading one of these stories many many people have returned to the Torah. Too religious, you say? Well, we believe that Jews all over the world are waiting to be awakened through the joy and inspiration that this entertaining film will bring. And you can make it happen! We have already privately raised $150,000 toward our budget of $180,000, so we only need another $30,000 to make this film a reality. The Jewish People have an important message for the world, and a movie of these inspiring stories has the power to light up the universe. With faith in our enterprise, we are beginning to film of August 10, 2014. As Rebbe Nachman taught, “The whole world is a narrow bridge and the important thing is not to be afraid.”Thank you for joining me on this fun and revolutionary journey! for more...

Monday, October 20, 2014

"Landscape," One of the Most Beautiful 52 Frames Albums Ever!

Here's my photo from the Landscape album of 52 Frames

Landscape, after taking tons of pictures, cropping too many, I went through them and picked this. Those wires make my eyes follow to the place the Biblical Tabernacle rested as a center of Jewish worship, yes, here in Shiloh, for 369 years.

Ironically, when I first went through the many photos I had taken for the week's theme/challenge, "Landscape," I didn't even consider this one. I cropped a whole bunch of others, trying to get something special, but none had any real magic. So I googled "landscape photography" to get some ideas, some inspiration. Then I went over all the pictures again, and this one really resonated. So, without even cropping it, I chose it.  None of the others was even a close second.

What do you think of it?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Winter Weather Laundry Dilemma

Yes, now it's אחרי החגים acharay hachaggim "after the Holidays," and after the Jewish Holidays in Israel means that there may be rain.
14-22°Today October 19
Occasional Rain 
That's today's forecast. It means that it may or not rain. Experience shows that it'll rain when the wash is hanging and be dry when there's none outside. It's the Murphy's Law of Landry.

For those of us who like to dry our wash, especially large sheets, tablecloths etc. outdoors, we're very dependent on the sunshine.

I just did my more scientific study by checking the sky.

to the west

to the east

and to the west, again
Experience says that it's the west that predicts the rain. Rain clouds come from the west, but things can move/change quickly here.

I did manage to do four, or was it five, washes on Friday before Shabbat, so I'm not under pressure for clean laundry.

12-21°Monday October 20
Local Rain 
12-22°Tuesday October 21
Partly Cloudy 

Considering the forecast on Arutz 7 for the next few days, maybe I should wait.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Latest Havel Havelim

The latest Havel Havelim is on Shiloh Musings.

There's a great variety of posts here. Please read, comment and share, of course.

Remember, you don't have to be blogger to read and comment and share blog posts! Enjoy and Shavua Tov to all!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Macro Photography, 52 Frames

This week's photography challenge for 52 frames was "macro." Many people in the facebook group have fancy cameras, equipment and lenses, but not me.

I took my photo with my simple, toy-like red Canon IXUS 145. It has a wonderful feature, which I call automatic function/setting/shooting mode search. Looking at the screen, I can see the icons of various settings as the camera checks out what will take a better picture. That's how my small gold earring came out looking so nice and clear and detailed.

Here are a few other photos I thought weren't as good.

Yes, I just went through my jewelry box.

What do you think? Did I choose the right one to submit to the group?