Wednesday, July 23, 2014

52Frames Focuses on Men and Women

I really had fun with the past two 52Frames themes, or "challenges" as I refer to them. For last week we needed a picture of women or a woman. And for this week, as you can guess, I needed a man or men.

I wanted an interesting looking woman, and that's usually a euphemism for someone "elderly." I wanted someone whose face told a story. One of my neighbors fit the bill perfectly.

Don't you think so? She's a very special lady who has done many amazing things in her life. I took her picture at the local ulpan, which is once a week for Shiloh's senior citizens. By the way there are a number of weekly activities for senior citizens here which are conducted in Hebrew with translations when needed into English and Russian.

The following week, pretty obviously, I needed a picture of a man or men. A few weeks ago when I had checked out future themes and discovered it, I decided that I wanted a picture of a young father with  a baby. Then as war preparations heated up here I thought that I should take pictures of some milu'imnikim, reservists, like the ones I'd been seeing  in Yafiz buying socks and other supplies. So I took my camera to work with me, but by then no uniformed soldiers showed up. I guess they were on the front already.

I was starting to get nervous, since the deadline was quickly approaching. Then, when I was in the shoe store awaiting customers I noticed a young man walk into Rami Levy, the discount supermarket. Not only was his baby strapped onto him, the way I had envisioned, but I know the young father. I couldn't just abandon the store, but a short while later when I had a short break I rushed in to look for them. When I found them, I asked if I could take their picture. I offered to find an angle that would make him unidentifiable, but he said that wasn't a problem.

I shot a whole slew of pictures while he and the baby smiled rather consciously. Then he bent his head and gave the baby a kiss. The only problem was and is that light in the corner. So I asked him to do it again and took photos from different angles, but they weren't as nice as this one. I cropped it as much as I could, and here it is:

These two pictures have gotten the best reactions of all of the pictures I've ever taken for the group. It's going to be hard to top them.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Only in Israel: About 20,000 Attend Funeral of Sean Carmeli, HaYa"D, Lone Soldier

Sean Carmeli, HaYa"D
Yesterday morning we read about the lone soldier from the small Texas town nobody had ever heard of who had been killed in Gaza trying to destroy the Hamas terror infrastructure, Sean Carmeli. Later in the day, emails and facebook messages kept arriving in Hebrew and in English asking that people come to his funeral.

Israel values all of its soldiers; they are our children. Israeli kids are raised knowing that after high school they will be drafted. (I'm not getting into the chareidi draft issue here.) Religious girls frequently take the option to do Sherut Le'umi, National Service and volunteer in all sorts of places, schools, hospitals, memorials etc. Young men who are exempt for various medical reasons quite often petition the IDF to be accepted as official soldier volunteers and get positions suitable for them.

And then there are the new immigrants and foreign IDF volunteers who come to Israel either just to serve or knowing that their choice to be Israeli means that they will be drafted and serve in the army without a mother waiting at home to do their laundry and make sure there's hot food for them. They are the true idealists, and Sean Carmeli was one of them.

When an Israeli born and raised IDF soldier is killed, his funeral is attended by his family, childhood friends of all members, fellow students and those from the neighborhood and more. Funerals here for whomever, no matter what the reason of death, are usually humongous. Here in Shiloh, a small funeral, quickly arranged on a Friday before Shabbat can have a minimum of fifty to a hundred people, and the larger more public funerals, like the triple one for the three teenagers murdered by Arab terrorists a few weeks ago are attended by hundreds of thousands. Compare that to a very recent funeral in New Jersey for a policeman killed, Fallen Jersey City Police Detective Melvin Santiago laid to rest.
JERSEY CITY - The Jersey City police officer who was shot and killed while responding to a report of an armed robbery was laid to rest today.
Hundreds of police officers from around New Jersey and surrounding states came to St. Aloysius Church to pay their final respects to Melvin Santiago. 
IDF Staff Sgt. Sean Carmeli was laid to rest accompanied, honored by about 20,000 people.

HaMakom yenachem...
May G-d comfort his family and friends

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Few Jewish Bloggers and Lots of Opinions and Posts, Havel Havelim

Esser Agaroth has put together a great, varied and interesting Havel Havelim  this week. I highly suggest that you check out the various posts he has included.

Havel Havelim is the weekly international Jewish and Israeli blog carnival. It's possibly the oldest blog carnival in the world. It's certainly the oldest Jewish one. I've been participating for well over a decade. We are using our facebook page to organize it, volunteering to host and publicizing the weekly editions.

I'll be hosting next week's Havel Havelim and I'll also be hosting it. You can send in your links from this week before Shabbat to shilohmuse at gmail dot com with "HH" as subject, thanks.

There's another Jewish blog carnival which I started, the Kosher Cooking Carnival, which includes posts on all aspects of kosher food. We coordinate KCC on facebook, too. The big difference is that the Kosher Cooking Carnival is monthly and appears on Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the Jewish Month. Next month is Av and begins on this coming Monday. Send your links to me at shilohmuse at gmail dot com with "KCC" as subject, thanks.

Let nobody tell you that blogging is dead. You don't have to be a blogger to enjoy blog carnivals! They are great internet magazines for all to read!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Friday Fun in Shiloh

My granddaughters didn't have to travel all that far for a fun Friday in Shiloh. They came with their mother (my daughter) to the pool, lunch and then some playground time.

We don't live all that far, and even there's a war going on in Israel, it's not in our neck of the woods. So they had some summer fun, thank G-d.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Jewish Book Review Carnival, So Much to Read!

I have this whole pile of books waiting to be read and reviewed. It sometimes takes me forever to finish reading and write a review. Right now I'm in the middle of the Gefen book about survivors of Arab terror attacks...

The July Jewish Book Review Carnival on Bagels, Books and Schmooze has my review of Saturday Night Full Moon along with lots of other book reviews.

Check it out and discover lots of interesting Jewish books to read.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Where are the Socks?

As you can see here, there are socks missing from the display here. We, meaning Yafiz, Sha'ar Binyamin, have been selling out of our supply of army socks. Not only do miluimnikim, IDF reserve soldiers rush in to shop for supplies like socks, towels and even pillows, but last night while I was manning the shoe store, a couple of teenage girls came in to buy a big charity care package for the soldiers. I gave them all the army socks we had, even though they weren't sure they had the budget. Then they went into the clothing department where my boss handled the rest of the order.

No doubt that our supply went to the front-lines.

May G-d conduct this war. In all honesty, I don't trust the politicians. The ordinary Israeli doesn't either. We really would like to wipe-out Arab terrorism once and for all, G-d willing.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fashionably Israeli, Something Frilly from the New York Times

Not everyone may know this but Israel is not only an international center for high tech development, but it's a fashion powerhouse, too. Even the New York Times recognizes it.

The designer Rowan Shaaban’s clothes for Shenkar 2014. CreditRafi Daloya

Years ago I discovered that the well-dressed Israeli is more European in style than American, and now Israeli fashion has come into its own. As my regulars know, I work in a clothing store, Yafiz, Sha'ar Binyamin, and it's not a fancy one. But we, too, manage to put together fun to wear outfits at prices lower than the Shenkar designs and modest when need be.

Clothing I've bought myself in Hagara, Hila and Ronit Takko years ago still looks new. Of course I shop when the clothes are on sale.

Jerusalem's Machane Yehuda now also has great boutiques. This isn't the Israel of the 1950's. Take the plunge and buy gorgeous clothes.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Soup, of Course, for Breaking the Fast or Any Time

I made a large pot of soup, and it's almost gone. Just my husband and I are home to eat it, and he also got some noodles. But I didn't make anything else to break the 17th of Tammuz fast.

  • brown lentils  1/3 cup
  • split peas 1/3 cup
  • onion 1 large
  • fresh garlic a few pieces
  • carrots 4 big ones
  • squash 1
  • oil, salt and pepper to taste
Yes, those are all of the ingredients, and no, I don't measure. I can't say exactly how much of anything, but I'll try to give you an idea by giving quantities, but please don't taken them as required. You should be flexible according to what you like and what you have in the house. I was going to add fresh pumpkin, but the carrots were so big and thick, it didn't seem necessary. You can certainly decide to use more or less of the peas and lentils or just use one kind instead of both. Instead of the squash add another carrot or sweet potato or fresh pumpkin. And of course you can and probably should add fresh greens, celery or parsley. It would make a better soup. That's how flexible soup-making should and can be.
  • Check lentils and peas for bugs, stones etc.
  • Put in pot and add hot water to cover, plus, then cover and let it sit for an hour or two or more.
  • Cut up the vegetable, add to peas and lentils to cook. Also add water and oil. Reduce time by adding boiling water.
  • When they seem almost ready (soft,) add the salt and pepper.
  • Simmer a bit longer and then leave covered about a half an hour before serving.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fasting and Sleeping, Last Year I Got Up from Shiva...

Today is the 17th of Tammuz, a fast day.
The fast actually commemorates five tragic events that occurred on this date:
  1. Moses broke the tablets when he saw the Jewish people worshipping theGolden Calf.
  1. During the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem, the Jews were forced to cease offering the daily sacrifices due to the lack of sheep.
  1. Apostomos burned the holy Torah.1
  1. An idol was placed in the Holy Temple.2
  1. The walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans, in 69 CE, after a lengthy siege. (Three weeks later, after the Jews put up a valiant struggle, the Romans destroyed the second Holy Temple on the 9th of Av.)
  1. The Jerusalem Talmud maintains that this is also the date when the Babylonians breached the walls of Jerusalem on their way to destroying the first Temple. (
Without the help of caffeine I find myself napping a lot on a fast day. Normally I don't nap. Caffeine can override tiredness in many people. I use coffee to perk myself up when traveling. My typing and thinking are more accurate after my morning coffee. It (plus extra water) also gets the kishkes moving preventing certain digestive disorders.

I hope that the vegetable soup simmering on the stove for breaking the fast will be satisfying but not too stimulating. I must sleep well tonight.

my mother
Shirley Spiegelman
Last year on the 17th of Tammuz I got up from shiva for my mother. Since people do come to visit on that last morning I got up and put on my "shiva outfit" with the ripped shirt. I was surprised at how many friends showed up. After we talked awhile, the time came to literally get up. The custom is for someone to walk the mourner out of the house, and so my friends and I walked out together.

Later in the day I went to a neighbor for the weekly T'hillim, Psalms. It was a suitable way for a first "social" event after sitting shiva, while still in the Shloshim thirty day mourning period.

I guess that the 17th of Tammuz will now always have a different significance for me.

Monday, July 14, 2014


We don't have display windows in the Yafiz where I work, and window-dressing isn't an official job in the store, but I have become the unofficial one, yes for "windows" that don't exist.

We have these manikins of sorts, plus a couple of torsos like those on poles to look more like "people." I like to keep them in the best of style. I change their clothes when I'm bored, when we get nice new clothes in, when someone wants to buy or try on what one of my "ladies" is wearing.

Tonight I changed one of them when I realized that the only top left of the style being worn up there was the one the manikin was wearing. I then put her in the tricolored top on instead and moved her to the middle. I think that the colors all match better in "person."

Pop in to visit if you can. That's the Yafiz in Sha'ar Binyamin.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Found it!

The other day, early last week, I quickly packed up to got to Jerusalem. I put a bright turquoise sunhat on the top of my bag, but when I reached in to wear it, there wasn't a hat there. I looked up and down the street, nothing.

OK, Kaporah, I said to myself. That's a Hebrew word commonly used to mean "better this than death, injury etc."

That hat had been sitting in my house barely worn for years. I davka took it out that day, because I felt that I should have gotten rid of it years ago.   This morning I ran out to do an errand and...

.... yes, that's the hat. I left it there and hope that someone enjoys it. Kaporah...

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Parshat Pinchas Havel Havelim

cross-posted on Shiloh Musings

I hope that nobody finds this too "political," but I'm calling this edition of Havel Havelim Pinchas for more reasons that the fact that the Torah Portion Pinchas was read today in shul... G-d willing...

Paula created this HH logo, and I think it's better suited for the present war than the one usually used,
which she also designed..

I really didn't want to call this a war edition, because I'm not quite sure when the war began, and it has been going on too long. Pinchas was a strong Biblical personality who saw things in black and white. When there was something unpleasant to do, execute public sinners, he did it. And he didn't call for a committee meeting first or ask what the goyim would say. G-d rewarded him by elevating him to be a Kohen, a Priest.

Havel Havelim is the long-running weekly international Jewish blog carnival, a round-up of blog posts on Jewish and Israeli topics from blogs all over the world. It floats from blog to blog depending on who volunteers to host. We organize on our facebook page. If you're not on facebook, then I'm the contact person shilohmuse at gmail dot com. You don't have to be a blogger to enjoy, contribute to and share Havel Havelim!

Here are the posts for this week. Some were sent in to me and other I've added.
What’s New in JerusalemRed sirens any time day or night, rockets lobbed at Israeli civilians and see what a walk about in Jerusalem, Israel found.
The mystery of English place names in Israel - SOLVED. The mystery of English place names in Israel... solved at last!
Things that are weird in Israel #9: bathroom windows: What is it about bathrooms? This post shot up to the #4 most popular post on my site in under 24 hours.
English - Hebrew Civil Defense Vocabulary
Rabbi Eliyokim Levanon: Lost In Translation?
No Such Thing as a Coincidence
Parashat Pinchas: The meaning of compassion by Daniel Pinner
The Turtledove War: The Process of Kolot (Voices) in the 6th Year
Leave “International Law” to the Internationals. I’ll Take The Torah!
It's No Way to Fight a War
Walking Around the Israel Museum, Something totally unrelated to war. Enjoy!
What is NOT Allowed When Israel is Being Attacked
Always Good to Pray, Rosh Chodesh Women's Prayer Group at Tel Shiloh. Save the date.
If "The Settlements" sic are The Problem, Why are The Arabs Attacking Tel Aviv? Just one of my "dumb questions."
Stop The Disproportionate War! Cease Warning Gazans!!!
An Israeli in New York III
Helping kids deal with rocket attacks on Israel
Protecting More than the Edge

A siren is heard in the United Nations Security Council, hat tip A Soldier's Mother.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Lovely Lunch at the Israel Museum

There are quite a number of restaurants in the Israel Museum. The one I go to is the dairy Mansfeld Cafe. The main one is near the entrance, and there's a lovely branch by the main exhibition area. That's where I ate the other day. I had their salmon, which was delicious.

The food and service are always good.

Here's the official information from the Israel Museum's website:

Mansfeld, the Museum's dairy cafes, are named after Al Mansfeld, the first architect of the Israel Museum and winner of the Israel Prize for Architecture for his design of the Museum. The cafe's rich menu includes home-baked goods, cakes, sandwiches, salads and hot dishes. The cafe is suitable for hosting private events. Mansfeld is kosher under the supervision of the Jerusalem Rabbinate
Dining in the cafe does not require purchase of an admissions ticket to the Museum. Museum members and Friends of the Israel Museum are entitled to a 10% discount.
Parking is free and the restaurant is accessible to all. 
Open: Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs 8 am - 5 pm | Tues 8 am - 9 pm | Fri 8 am - 2 pm.
For inquiries: 02-5636280; fax: 02-561-8399; arrange events: 054-884-7133 or 050-997-8800

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Walking Around the Israel Museum

I've always been a fan of the Israel Museum. It's one of the most photogenic places I've ever been, and the recent renovations have made it even better. I first visited the museum, which for me is always referred to as "the Museum," was as a student here in Israel in the summer/fall of 1969. When we got married and made aliyah a year later, it was to the Museum where I'd bring my kids and visitors. Now that my kids are grown, I go with friends or even alone, like I did the other day. Exhibitions are always changing. The Museum is so large and varied that it takes more than one visit to see and certainly absorb and observe it all. In the heat of the summer, it's just so wonderful to wander around inside.

Here are a few pictures...


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Always Good to Pray

The victories we've had have always been due to the fact that G-d chips in and turns the tables, saving us and stopping our enemies. I honestly hope that by the time next Rosh Chodesh comes, in just a few short weeks, all this will just be one of those old nightmares.
Next month's Rosh Chodesh, Av, will be Monday July 28, 2014. Please save the date.
Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh Rosh Chodesh Av

Monday, July, 28, 20141st of Av 5774, 8:30am
We start dovening together with Hallel. Pray Shacharit at home or come early if possible, please.
Tour of Tel Shiloh 

 Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors
תפילת נשים ראש חודש אב בתל שילה

יום ב' 28-7 ב' אב תשע"ד , 8:30

מתחילים את התפילה ביחד עם  הלל. 

נא להתפלל שחרית בבית או לבוא מוקדם אם אפשר, תודהיהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

Please join us. For more information, please contact me, shilohmuse at gmail dot com, thanks.
You're welcome to join our facebook page. Tel Shiloh is open to visitors daily. Guided tours can be arranged through the Shiloh HaKeduma, Ancient Shiloh office. Email or phone 02-994-4019.
This isn't a "women's minyan," although we do sing the Hallel prayer out-loud together.
So, just a reminder for all, and I hope we'll be celebrating victory, G-d willing.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Energy Comes and Goes With Need, But...

But is seems like I'm always tired.

There are never enough hours in the night. Is it just me, or may age?

The funny thing is that when people see me at work they characterize me as "energetic." When I'm moving, I move quickly, but when I don't have anything I must do, I'm lazy.

When I'm busy I don't feel tied...

I eat a low carbohydrate healthy diet. I don't under-eat, and I don't overeat.

I preserve my energy when I don't need it. Maybe I misread that into thinking it's being "tired." I don't nap. If I do, then I can't sleep at night.

I exercise, mostly at the pool in the summer, a few times a week. My job, part-time, isn't sedentary.

Maybe I'm just a kvetch.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Adventures in Havel Havelim Land...

There's nobody like Tzivia when it comes to blogging and hosting Havel Havelim. Her latest edition just gave it a shot of energy which it hasn't seen for years. Tzivia is a fantastic writer and not only keeps up more blogs than I do, but she even writes books. I'm really, really glad that she has agreed to host Havel Havelim every few weeks.

Besides including a slew of fantastic posts, Tzivia wrote what she calls her "rant." She calls for a few improvements in Havel Havelim, which are all very good ideas. One of them was actually a condition many years ago. She requests that you send a sentence about your post, in the email to the host. Don't just send the naked link, my phrase, not hers. Tzivia also thinks that all participants should visit and comment on at least two other posts in the Havel Havelim. And she calls for more people to host. I certainly second that!

Havel Havelim is the longest running international Jewish blog carnival in the world. It's a weekly round-up of blog posts about what's happening in Israel and Jewish Life and to Jewish bloggers. We communicate and coordinate on our facebook page. Over the years there have been a few internet sites that facilitated putting up blog carnivals by collecting links sent in, then sending them off to hosts and listing the up-to-date information about the blog carnivals. This made hosting pretty easy, but now it seems like we're on our own. I'll have to start updating the information on my blogs on the "pages" or sidebar. So if you're not on facebook, then you can always send me your links and I'll, bli neder, pass them onto the host, if it's not yours truly. My email is shilohmuse at gmail dot com. You can also contact me to volunteer to host. Subject: HH links or HH hosting or HH question

To summarize:

  • when submitting links to Havel Havelim, please include a line about each
  • join our facebook page
  • you can email me with your links or about hosting shilohmuse at gmail dot com
  • visit and comment on at least two posts, preferably more or all, in each edition
  • share and blog about HH each week
You don't have to be a blogger to enjoy and participate in Havel Havelim!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Diet Update: And I Didn't Even Need "Control-Top..."

Almost two years ago I bought myself a nice blue dress in my favorite outlet store in Jerusalem. I bought it because the price was right, only about 20% of original price, yes, that's 80% off* and pretty flattering except for a big of bulge that could be flattened down with control-top pantyhose. I planned on wearing it the following summer after at least a couple of weeks of getting fitter in the pool.

Well, last summer started with my mother's death and then no pool membership. Also I kept the Jewish mourning Law about not wearing new clothes pretty strictly. And somehow I ended up gaining a few kilo. I even tried to give the dress to my daughters who weren't interested.

Late this winter I put myself on a regime to get those few kilo off, and I succeeded! And the year of mourning is now over.  So this morning, for Shabbat I decided to wear the dress. I put it on and to my surprise, I discovered that those "bulges" were gone, so I didn't need the control-top pantyhose. Thank G-d!

*I found the tag, and the discount was greater than that. Original price was ns590, and I paid ns69!!!!

Friday, July 4, 2014

"Saturday Night, Full Moon;" Book Review

A not so funny thing happened on the way to writing this book review...

Saturday Night, Full Moon by Yerachmiel Michael Tilles, Menorah Books, Intriguing Stories of Kabbala Sages, Chasidic Masters and Other Jewish Heroes, has been sitting by the computer in the den for just over three weeks. I generally don't wait all that long before writing a book review. How long can one remember the facts about the book and how it felt reading it? But some very unpleasant things happened here in Israel to three wonderful families, which became the focus of my blogging of late. And you're probably well aware of them.

Teenagers Gilad Sha'ar, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach were kidnapped by Arab terrorists, then murdered and it took over two weeks for Israeli authorities (actually a group of civilians in the end) to find the bodies and then there was their massive funeral. Sorry, but I just couldn't think about reviewing the book, even though it was right next to me each time I saw here in the den.

Saturday Night, Full Moon, is a lovely compilation of stories, messages, full of Torah and the words of Jewish religious leaders. Each chapter has messages to make life better for us, to make us feel better.
Now you can enjoy, read and re-read, stories from Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles’ famed repertoire. Saturday Night Full Moon is a collection of thirty-three Chasidic stories of Kabbalah sages, Chasidic masters and other Jewish heroes dating from 16th Century Israel to 21st Century USA. Fully indexed with biographical information, as well as verses, names, dates and topics, this first volume of Rabbi Tilles’ stories is certain to become an oft-turned-to family treasure.
I particularly like the chart/guidelines at the beginning of each chapter with information about the people mentioned and suggestions as to when the chapter is particularly appropriate to read or use in a Dvar Torah or speech.

The Onion Plot, page 121

The stories are beautifully written and can be read or repeated at various sorts of occasions, or just read quietly to to give comfort or good ideas. Yes, it's highly recommended.

Product Code: SNFMYT
ISBN: 978-1-940516-07-3
Binding: Hardcover / 270 pages
Dimensions: 8.75” x 5.5”
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Singalong in the Shiloh Swimming-Pool

I've read that even during the worst, the most violent days of the Israeli War of Independence, people would leisurely dine and drink coffee in the cafes of Tel Aviv. Is that the sort of think that was happening this morning in our local swimming pool, here in Shiloh?

Reading the news gives the impression that the country is in turmoil, burning, but you wouldn't know it during that short hour women had in the pool this morning. The staff had some popular classic Israeli songs blasting, the kinds of songs which have been popular for decades especially at "singalongs," and many of the women did just that. We sang along together.

These are the occupations that keep us sane and give us the strength to go on.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Following Crowds, The Funeral of the Three Murdered Teenagers

In my many decades, being of pension age I'm no youngster, I've learned that at times one must just go with the flow. There are many times we just find ourselves in places or opportunities unplanned.

I must admit that I don't make it a principle to go to funerals or shiva (condolence) calls when I'm not actually acquainted with the people. If anything my "principle" has been to avoid those public occasions. I've been to too many funerals of terror victims whom I actually knew and visited and helped at homes of the victims. Before the three teenage boys' bodies were discovered (davka by a civilian crew led by a Shiloh neighbor) I kept feeling haunted by the similarities of the photos the families Fraenkel, Sha'ar and Yifrach had given to the media to show of their sons hiking the Land to photos of Yonatan Eldar, Shmuel Yerushalmi and Avi Siton, HaYa"D. Those three teenagers were all from my neighborhood and all three had also been murdered by Arab terrorists, and the pictures were so familiar. All one needed to do was to Photoshop their faces, and you'd think they were the same exact boys, Eyal, Naftali and Gil-Ad, HaYa"D. Deja vu...

When I got my schedule for this week, I was surprised to have Tuesday off, since I had been working Tuesdays of late. I do work part-time and had given my boss a lot of leeway in scheduling me. I really didn't know what to do. It was too hot to try to visit a cousin in Tel Aviv; the Israel Museum isn't open Tuesday morning. And my daughter had asked me to babysit on Monday. So then when it was announced Monday night that the boys's bodies had been discovered, I began pondering the idea of going to the funeral. It was cinched when I got a message that there would be buses from Shiloh. We were to only attend the last part, the joint burial. That made sense, and was logistically the most sensible, also the safest, health-wise, for us to do. No doubt that most of the people who needed medical care had been to one of the earlier eulogy parts of the funerals in the various communities the boys were from. Our bus picked up people on the way who already looked close to collapse. They told us that they were coming from Talmon and their bus had broken down.

Since I'm not going to repeat/copy the article I posted on Shiloh Musings, please click here to read it. And of course I'm interested in your comments. Please share it, too, thanks.

Funeral of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel, HaYa"D

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Suffocating in the Heat and Sadness

Yesterday, meaning last night would have been the perfect evening to take advantage of the women's only (18+) night hour at the local pool. It was so hot that I wouldn't have been chilled by the usual too cool air that contrasts with the warm pool water.

The suffocating heat and overeating at a friend's house earlier in the day left me feeling lethargic and almost paralyzed. Even the babysitting for the grandkids didn't energize me all that much. They are pretty big now, I besides cooking lunch and supervising a bit, all I had to do was to enjoy their antics and admire the precocious mathematical skills of the little ones. Maybe if I had been drinking the water like I kept urging to the kids to do I would have felt better later on...

I was so tired when I got home that I didn't even pay attention to the news or phone messages, so I wasn't among the first to find out that the bodies of the three Jewish teenagers had been found. But when I did, in a phone call davka from the states, all I could do was to write...