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Saturday, May 31, 2008
"OK, Slow Down; Take It Easy"
Nothing's new. Actually, that's not true, but I'm not quite willing to blog about it at the moment. That's the "problem" with public blogging. Y'all know who I am, so I have to be careful.
Friday, May 30, 2008
I feel less enthused than usual. I'm too tired. It could be because I've done a lot of traveling and not enough sleeping this week.
Yesterday I cooked in the morning and babysat in the afternoon. My babysitting for the grandkids involve teaching them English. I'm the only one who speaks English to them. They don't always understand what I'm saying and I can't have "deep" conversations, but they do understand a lot of basic English. They've developed skills I don't have. People who understand languages they don't know, or pick up languages quickly are more aware of "other signals." They don't get bogged down in worrying that they comprehend every single word.
By exposing my grandkids to some English a couple of hours a week, I'm really preparing them for multiple languages. Experts say that a person's linguistic ability is expanded if they learn more than one language from the youngest age.
I only heard English when I was a kid. I'm sure that I would have done better in Hebrew and my school Spanish if I had been exposed to any other language.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Shabbat in Efrat
Yes, I'm busy today, too.
Last night we got back late. Yes, we've been busy. But I want to tell you the story with pictures, and the pictures are still in the camera. So please return later for the update. OK?
Yes, busy. And today, I have more to do. Busy week, for sure.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Advantages of Walking
If I hadn't decided to take a walk the other day at dusk, I wouldn't have been outside in order to see and photograph the magnifcent sunset.
There's an added bonus to getting out of the house and it's the beauty of G-d's world. I don't "play" with my photos. I don't "photoshop" or any of those photo-graphic programs. On the rarest of rare occassions I may crop a picture. I do use the zoom lens, but that's it.
I learned my photography skills on simple Kodak "brownies."
- "Make sure only what's important is in the viewfinder"
- "Stand stiller than still"
And oy v'voy if you wasted film.
"Do you realize how much it costs to develop and print every picture?!?"
So that's why, even now, almost two years after buying my digital camera, I rarely take more than a couple of shots of any scene. And that's why cropping is so rare for me. And of course, living in Shiloh gives me some of the most gorgeous photo material.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
An Afternoon In Jerusalem
So I called my friend and we decided to meet for lunch. We went to the Anna Ticho Museum Restaurant.
Being as it was birthday week, and I'm a restaurant "member," I had been sent a coupon for a free dessert, as long as I bought a meal. It was
a great piece of cheese cake a piece of great cheese cake. Unlike most of the cheese cake I've sampled in recent years, this didn't have that awful gelatin taste/feel/texture.
The only downside of the meal was that the WC stank. I was in shock, kept thinking that I had imagined it. It smelled like an old subway public toilet, the type that stinks up the whole area. Yes, that bad.
After eating we decided to do the tourist thing and went to the Psalm Museum in the same area.
There are pictures to illustrate all 150 chapters of T'hillim Psalms. They're all painted by the same person, Moshe Tzvi Berger.
Happy Birthday To Me -- KCC #30
At Least In My Family!
Iyyar, 5768 אייר
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, KCCMetaCarnival, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29.
Looking back, here's a list of all the previous KCC's:
There's something for everyone, so please post about this KCC and send the link to anyone and everyone.
The Kosher Cooking Carnival is in its third year already. It's not just a "recipe carnival." It includes posts about all different aspects of kosher foods, including:
- Halachik Controversies
- Special Holiday Foods and History
- Cookbook and Restaurant Reviews
- And, of course, recipes
There is no limit to the amount of posts you can send, as long as they fit the criteria. You may also send in links to other bloggers' posts. Please use the carnival submission form.
If you're interested in hosting a Kosher Cooking Carnival, please don't be shy. It's great fun; just let me know which month you want. The calendar is filling. June's KCC will be hosted by West Bank Mama, July by Soccer Dad, and August will be at Here in HP. So, as you can see, hosting the Kosher Cooking Carnival is definitely the "in" thing to do for jbloggers. To reserve your month, please write to me at: shilohmuse at yahoo dot com
Usually I serve an extraordinarily disorganized balagan of a KCC, but this time I'll divide it in topics, at least two. One is Pesach/Passover, since a number of posts came about it. Keep them in mind for next year. And of course, the other is…
This may be a peculiar start to the non-Pesach part, but I think the general philosophical question is greater than the specific Passover reference. What do you think about this question? Is a traif Seder better than none at all? This same question goes for all Jewish ritual events which include eating. So, I guess that includes everything, since even the fast days are preceded and followed by food.
There's a new blog/site (what's the difference nowadays), Jerusalem Metro, which reviews restaurants in a rather "unique," not quite my style manner, but I'm just an old fogey, right?
"Dear Arcaffe, you disgust me and your customer service sucks." Not my choice of words in the title, but since I've eaten there on occasion, it's cause for concern.
In the meantime, I've found another restaurant/coffee shop where you can have a very reasonable meal. OK, it's not downtown, but there are buses and parking.
For those who love a classic Jewish chicken soup, try Lillian Bart's.
Leora's Garlic Spread seems perfect to perk up a meal.
If you can't visit Frumhouse, you can try her tea in your own home.
Crème de la Krim doesn't blog recipes, but she said that I could post this on KCC:
It's a dessert called bocconi dolci, which I made for the l'chaim three days after Pesach. It has layers of meringue, melted chocolate, whipped cream, and strawberries. It's one of the best desserts around!
Leah, I have three posts: Beer-kay Avot?, Michael Pollan on Counting the Omer (and the Freedom to Bother) and Counting….
And from another
August's hostess, Leora, gives us a very inclusive list of healthy and easy to prepare side dishes.
Irina has a kosher feast when Republicans Rock Out.
Read about Baila's Challah-baking adventure. The pictures are great. And, Baila, challah is bread!
My youngest stopped baking our challah when he went into the army. Even when he came home, he didn't bake. We wouldn't want the tank grease flavoring the challah. Read of the rabbi's baking adventures and lessons in patience.
Try Ilana Davita's Quick Shabbat Treats; they look great and easy, too.
Frum Satire writes a very interesting post about shiva and included how he ended up eating when paying a shiva call.
SK sent a very impressive Crystallized Violets and Violet Jam.
Indian recipes are great in the kosher kitchen. Manjula Jain presents Aloo Gobi » Manjula’s Kitchen Indian Vegetarian Recipes, and it's even "illustrated" by a short movie.
Look at the Roadside market Crimea photographed by chossid. And here's an article from chossid about Purim food.
Now does the Moroccan post-Pesach Mimouna belong in the Pesach part of KCC or not? Look at the delicious pictures. At least pictures don't make you fat.
Try frumteacher's Cold Fruit Soup. It's good for Passover and all year, too. The same goes for this super-easy applesauce; nothing can be simpler.
Some people may like to clean for Pesach, but I'm not one of them. Look how hard I worked.
Most people don't have the opportunity to see Jerusalem's Machane Yehuda getting ready for Passover. You have to be staying in just the right place for the holiday, or at least look at these photos.
Ra'anana Ramblings tells us how her husband's ancestor rescued potatoes from the clutch's of kitniyot!
Read about this amazing kosher cooking adventure from the OU site.
Honestly, I can't imagine eating meat for every Holiday meal. Two meat meals in one day are just too many for me. And it's not only because I was a vegetarian for over twenty-five years. What did you eat on Shabbat before the Seder?
An onion on the Seder Plate? Read all about it on A Simple Jew, who also tells of a different sort of seder.
My neighbor's chocolate chip Passover cookies are so easy; I may break my vow and actually bake some.
My husband sent me a link to the great kosher cooking crisis of Passover 2008. We bought KPNoK* margarine here in Shiloh; you can see it in the fridge. I never manage to finish it and usually throw it out by Purim when I start the inventory countdown. I use olive oil for most of my shortening needs. Due to the health advantages I have no desire for any other shortening or "exotic" oil, except maybe for butter…
Please mention this edition of KCC, linked of course, on your blog to bring in more readers to all the bloggers who have contributed. And also let people know that their posts are welcome. It's not just a recipe carnival. I'd like to receive more Halacha (Jewish Law) posts about Kashrut and food issues, including Shemitta. Remember that for all practical purposes, Shemitta won't be over for another year, since some Shemitta fruit will still be eaten for quite a while, and there are canned foods….
Considering how much food is involved in all aspects of Jewish Life, I'd expect lots more posts. The Kosher Cooking Carnival is dependent on bloggers who send them in. The hosts certainly may do their own searching, too. And if you see a post which would be good for KCC, please send the link in via the carnival submission form.
Dig in and enjoy!!!
*Now, if you can guess what KPNoK means, please send it to the comment section.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Blog Carnivals Are Getting Bigger and Better
And that reminds me... KCC...
Serving the Public
Both buses were painfully crowded with apssengers of all ages, including lots of young families with tiny babies and all their parafanalia. Egged, Israel's bus company, has a "law" forbidding the drivers to travel with passengers in the aisle.
"Last week, 11:30pm, I left 15 people in Jerusalem when I went to Beit El."
Our driver wouldn't have any of it. At every single stop along the way he allowed desparate passengers in, and when the underneath storage area was full, he begged everyone to crowd themselves further back and make room for more passengers and their belongings.
It became like the ancient stories of Jerusalem during the Holiday pilgrimages. Somehow, miraculously, everyone got in. I think that the standing people didn't fall, since they just held each other up. There was no room to fall down.
That driver was truly wonderful, Baruch Hashem.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I guess I'm a bissel out of practice. I was also totally zonked today after going to bed late after the trip back from Efrat via Jerusalem. The bus was so full; the aisle was more crowded than a sardine can. I couldn't fall asleep last night. Today I slept a little later than usual, and then mid-morning my friend came over and we sweated to the oldies.
Since Jack took over HH, there are lots of new hosts and hostesses. And of course lots of bloggers I'm not all that familiar with. Take a look.
The following "foul-up" didn't happen in my school, at least not at the pre-test.
Nearly 12,000 high-school students in England received national standardized-test papers that had the answers printed on the back.
Officials blamed it on a printing error and claimed most students likely didn't realize their good fortune.
The printing company, however, got a failing grade. (full article)
I'm sure the students hope that it would happen, but in all honesty, I wonder if my students would even notice. They don't realize that they have to inspect everything.
There's an old "trick test" to prepare students. It's a list of instructions. The first is to read the entire list before you start answering the questions. Then there are all sorts of things to do, like listing siblings' birthdays, the letters in common with all of your names. Actually, the tasks can be math, or anything. That is until the last task, which is something like:
What am I doing up after 2am?
Well, we were away for Shabbat, in Efrat for a family Bar Mitzvah. We got back late, and I was still too wound up to sleep.
Now my eyes are beginning to close, so I'll post this, turn off the computer and dig out my toothbrush from my bag and get ready for bed.
ps Did any of you see us? We were in "Rimon;" at least I think it's Rimon, the old neighborhood of Efrat. Efrat has grown, wow!
Friday, May 23, 2008
And then we went to a wedding!!Baruch Hashem
- I couldn't get my "memory key" to function. It seemed like it was dead. I plugged it into the extension and the computer acted like it wasn't there. I tried "my computer," and there was no sign of it.
- Just now, I went to down/upload (whatever's the correct verb) pictures to the other computer and the computer kept insisting that the #$%$$% port wasn't recognized, whatever the term. I kept turning the camera off and on and plugging and unplugging.
Now, what do you think happened? Were both things really broken? None of this affects my blogging, so you can't guess by that.
- After calming down, a couple of days later, I checked the extension by unplugging and plugging it in again. Suddenly, the memory key appeared.
- I simply restarted the computer and tried again--no problems. The pictures are being burned on the disc as we "speak."
Yes, Baruch Hashem, Thank G-d, things can be this simple to fix.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
We sat over a mid-morning nosh together and talked and talked. She is from afar and is traveling around.
She has met some other jbloggers during her wide travels.
I'm not posting the picture now, but you can start guessing...
Not Ye Olde Girl Scout Campfire
Well, for the "campfire badge" we learned how to build a campfire. There were three standard designs: teepee, log cabin and ? Forgive me for forgetting the third. Well, after asking for a while, I discovered only two standard shapes. I guess this Israeli style could be called the third:
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
What Are Teachers Really Like?
Strange, I wonder if the guys painting the roof trim this morning noticed my friend and I sweatin' to the oldies.
Hashgacha Prattit-- G-d Does The Scheduling
I found what she said strange, not because I've ever gone to/done Megirot, but because the woman who leads it here in Shiloh is so totally and utterly different from the person described in the article. My neighbor could never have anything to do with something so negative.
Yes, I had to speak to her about it. I didn't mange to catch her after Tuesday afternoon T'hillim (Psalms.) But miraculously, that's Hashgacha Prattit-- G-d Does The Scheduling, this morning when I had to get to work at an hour when ther's no bus and rarely rides... yes, she came by.
Of course, I asked her about the article.
"But you know and agree that many things in newspapers arent true."
That statement is enough, but she also said that she herself had investigated by speaking to people much more veteran in the system than herself. Megirot have been going on for ten years. She learned it from someone who learned from the founder.
Also, it's clear to both of us that there are women who attend it who have serious emotional problems, certainly there have been some in the ten years the method exists. Those who reported the very bad things may just be projecting their own problematic personalities.
If you're interested in Megirot, and there are many participants who have found it extremely helpful, make sure the person who leads the group and the other participants are the type of people you feel safe with. That goes for any sort of therapy.
Didn't Sleep Much
Kids have big test today. Proctoring is usually fun. I sit and crochet. What could be better? Though before I "relax" must make sure they understand that I mean business. One must be tough in this world.
Only problem is getting to work on time. But that's another problem...
Savta on a Segway
Isramom: Savta on a Segway
This Is What's Being Fixed
PS Yes, it's no my usual posting time. Can't sleep. Not enough exercise I guess. Too hot and sunny.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
A Bissel Repairs
Now we're having some work done on the wood trim around the roof. I can't remember the term in English. In Hebrew it's an "argaz ruach," wind box. No, I don't know where the Hebrew came from. Maybe the earlier sloped/shingled roofs here weren't well-sealed, and the wood was put up to keep he wind from blowing over the top of the house, like in insulation.
So we have this wood trim around the house. About fifteen years ago, some then new immigrants from Russia made a present of painting the trim. I paid for the paint and they worked. They also fixed the succah. I'm supposed to be embarrassed to say that we haven't had it painted since, a definite no, no in terms of wood care. Around seven years ago, a couple of pieces of wood needed replacing, and we had that done. But that's it, and we've been in the house 22 1/2 years. So, I guess, we're extremely lucky.
The "argaz ruach" by the front door was all open and broken. I asked a couple of people to fix it, but they said that they'd never find the time. Then just a few weeks ago, a neighbor put up an ad for his son's "wood business." It mentioned "argazei ruach" as one of the things they fix. So, he was hired, and he and his worker are painting all around our house and replacing the bad and missing boards.
So far, so good.
Lose Your Appetite
I lost my appetite for Pina Coladas after discovering that the average one has 625 calories, 75 grams sugars.
Read this one:
The Unhealthiest Drink in America
Baskin Robbin’s Large Heath Bar Shake (32 oz)
266 g sugar
108 g fat (64 g saturated)
Let's look at America's Worst Drink in numbers:
73: The number of ingredients that go into this milkshake.
66: The number of teaspoons of sugar this drink contains.
11: The number of Heath Bars you would have to eat to equal the number of calories found in one Baskin Robbins Large Heath Bar Shake.
8-12: The average number of minutes it takes to consume this drink.
240: The number of minutes you’d need to spend on a treadmill burning it off, running at a moderate pace.
Sweet melon is looking better than ever!
The computer means answering letters, blogging on three blogs, though I must admit that I haven't been posting anything original on The Eye of the Storm, just posts from Shiloh Musings. What makes it truly different is the comments. There is a real "commenter community" among the Arutz 7 readership, and my The Eye of the Storm is a beneficiary, though I must admit that, at times, it can be very aggravating. Take a look, and join the "party."
I haven't read all my mail for so long it's embarrassing. And I have to work on the Kosher Cooking Carnival, which will be published, G-d willing next week. Send your post via the carnival submission form.
Could it be that I'm just "slower" than I once was or do I really just have more to do?
Also, one of my posts is on a fitness carnival. Take a look.
And sorry if I haven't visited lately.
Monday, May 19, 2008
"So you want to chew, take this," and I gave them green peppers, which we called "green mastik."
I made up a hot drink with carob powder and called it hot chocolate. My kids couldn't figure out why their chocolate didn't taste like anyone else's.
But as a grandmother, I'm not the boss. My grandkids get all sorts of real nosherei from the other grandmother and their father. They wouldn't fall for the green pepper scam.
They're used to being taken to the local grocery, a small supermarket, everyday after pre-school. Yesterday when I took them, I got them to choose a banana yogurt drink. I can't stand those things, but it was the perfect treat. It has some nutrients and it's not all that tasty, so they didn't finish drinking it.
Sometimes I've managed to buy them dried fruit, also a better snack.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Straight From the Market-- HH #166
And I'll just take this jblogging opportunity to remind you that the next edition of the Kosher Cooking Carnival is rapidly approaching. This little Havel Havelim logo-- or is it just a one-time appearance--should inspire you to blog something about kosher food.
KCC is a lot more than "just recipes." Any post you write or see concerning any aspect of kosher food, whether, Jewish Law, customs, anecdotes, menus, restaurants, cookbooks and yes, recipes, of course, fits the bill.
It's easy to send your post via the carnival submission form. I can be reached at shilohmuse at yahoo dot com
Shavua Tov--Have a Wonderful Week
Yenta and Megillah
#1 What could be more important than starting new families, finding spouses for those who want to marry? Sometimes the only thing to do is to pray, and there are groups organizing to pray for Jewish matches. The entire 150 chapter T'hillim, Psalms, are divided among 40 people who say their share on the first day of the Jewish Month mentioning all the names in their list. If you want more information look here.
#2 Check out the latest Gantseh Megillah. There is a great variety of articles. I appreciate that Michael includes mine, even though he very frequently does not agree with what I've written.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
I Don't Know What It Was
I don't know what it was with the fish, she didn't make the very "hot" fish in sauce she had served us before, but we all had to blow our noses afterwards. It was "cleansing."
Thank G-d, by the time the system was set up, Barak was out of office and things calmed down. Now the announcements are reminders to attend events, whether lectures, parties or funerals. Just before it began to ring, and I went into a panic:
"Who could have died?"
Nobody died, Thank G-d.
Friday, May 16, 2008
What's So Terrible About Looking One's Age?
Too many people of my age and even younger look peculiar with unhighlighted colored hair, too dark for their skin and not matching their eyebrows. Others look like old babydolls left out in the sun, stiff puffed out cheeks. I'd rather be real.
She was once so pretty. That's Pricilla Presley, Elvis's wife, if you can't recognize her.
The Potato Temptation
And if you had been wondering...
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I shouldn't complain, but...
My computer is working in slow motion. The virus check has been running over three hours. It's a daily torture. I use the AVG free one. It is effective, but it takes so long and I guess my computer isn't as young as it used to be; as if I am.
I have things to do, but I don't have the patience to do them while the scan is scanning.
Thanks for listening. ps the spellcheck still isn't checking... at least I think it isn't. Maybe there aren't any spelling mistakes. Though, when it works it doesn't like the word "spellcheck."
Meeting The Parents
Yes, I wrote "should," because attendance is no great shakes.
In absolute honesty, I enjoy these meetings. I remember my days of going to these meetings as a parent, and I sympathize with the parents. It's not easy, not if your kids are gifted, problematic, dyslexic (used as a general term for all mild learning disabilities), any combination or all of the above. When my kids were in school I had to deal with it all, from hostile teachers and administration to explaining to fawning teachers that even a gifted student works very hard. It's disappointing to meet parents who have no idea who and what their kids really are and need.
When my kids were little, it was considered a great achievement and privilege if they got suitable "testing accommodations." We did everything to help our kids take advantage, even if it cost a lot of money. Today parents don't realize that if their son gets the right to use an electric dictionary, they must buy it immediately. Otherwise, what's the point? If a child has the right to oral testing, he must have a walkman. I stopped recording tests, since the kids never came with the necessary equipment. Actually I wish I had one with a loudspeaker which would proclaim:
In recent years, the parents of the kids who need the most help don't show up, or they don't come to sit and talk to me. And davka I have professional experience counseling parents of kids with learning and study problems.
Let's see what happens today.
ps Blogger's spellcheck seems disabled; let's see if I can catch all the typos myself.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Now, How Could I Complain?
Good thing I called. The secretary told me that I'd be starting later than usual. I quickly called a friend, with whom I'd been trying to make a lunch date, and-- we did it!
Considering how Bush's visit has paralysed Jerusalem and imprisoned innocent Israelis in their homes, we were pretty restricted as to venue. Luckily both the bus I was on and the Begin Highway, she could access, both reached Ramat Eshkol, so we met there in the shopping center.
After waiting over half an hour on line in the post office to mail my mother a birthday card, which should have had been mailed a week ago to arrive today, we went to the nearby "Nina's Bagel Cafe`."
I ordered a "tuna bagel." It was OK for ns20; though it wasn't a "real bagel," the boiled then baked variety. But there was salad and it was big and, I'll repeat, only twenty shekels. Yes, I also gave a tip. Nu, it didn't break the bank.
Then we walked around a bit, and I was tempted by this simple lounge, but it's certainly not very portable, considering that I was wheeling my pool bag plus and was on my way to work.
Trying to catch the bus was almost dangerous, since that truck parked in front of the bus stop on the sidewalk. I had to stand on the busy road to see the bus and hail it.
Yes, B"H, I'm fine.
Now, I have to choose what to wear. I don't want to be too cold or too hot.
The Cooking Has Begun
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Finally, The Truth About Boiled Egg Shells, How To Get Clean Eggs
I remember learning that I had to quickly cool the eggs and shells would come off easily, but suddenly, nothing was working right. My family kept mumbling and grumbling.
Then, two things happened:
1- This year when getting the food cooked for the Passover Seder, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the eggs I had boiled at my son's place peeled easily and cleanly. How was it that I suddenly did something right?
2- I forgot to tell my husband to buy more eggs, so he went to the neighbor who has an organic egg business. They ended up having to go down and collect them, still warm.
Now, what do you think Yona--the guy with the organic egg business-- warned my husband?
"The eggs aren't fresh, but don't worry. You can take the shells off easily!"
Is It "New Old Books," or "Old New Books?"
So if you're interested, and within schlepping distance, please let me know.
Bake Your Breakfast Omelet? Recipes, In General
Now, you may have noticed that I haven't been posting recipes recently. I'll tell you a secret. I have a very minimal amount of recipes and lots and lots, an infinite amount of variations. That's the key.
I just cook what I have and what I'm in the mood for. Cooking shouldn't be all that complicated. I'm always amazed by people who think that every type of fish needs its own exclusive recipe. There are basic cooking methods, the oven, the big covered frying pan etc, spicy, savory, garlicky. Honestly, what's the big deal?
Depending on if I'm just cooking for myself, or more people, and depending on what's in the house, I "just cook." That's one of the reasons I can't give exact measurements. Eggs can be all different sizes, so sometimes two are enough and sometimes you'll need five for the same results. "Same results," rare, but who cares? Isn't every day different?
Enjoy cooking. Don't obsess.
Cents Oops! Shekels
Monday, May 12, 2008
If It's That Dangerous, Don't Come!!
Streets will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians. Businesses will lose money. Is Bush going to compensate them? What about our wasted time and cancelled appointments?
Just in case you haven't seen the list of "measures," here they are:
Maximum security will be implemented from Tuesday May 13th through Friday May 16th. This will effect the daily life and traffic in Jerusalem.Now, if safety was really their priority, there wouldn't be any motorcades, nor grand announcements. Everthing would be quiet and discreet. But men don't like that sort of style.
Wednesday, May 14thMuseum Row, Shmuel Weiss,Rupin,Ramban,Paris Square, Agron, Hameches Square, King David, Amoni, PLumer Square,Jabotinsky, Wingate Square, Hanassi,Smolanskin,Keren Hayesod,Ben Zvi,Shazar,Binyanei Hauma (emergency exit) Thursday, May 15thMuseum Row, Shmuel Weiss, Rupin, Ramban, Paris Square, Agron, Meches Square, King David, Admoni, Plumer Square, Jabotinsky, Wingate Square, Hanassi, Smolanskin, Keren Hayesod, Israel Museum Parking lot, Kaplan (between Rothschild and Rupin), Arlozorov. Friday, May 16thAdmoni, King David, Meches Square, Agron, Paris Square, Ramban, Rupin, Shmuel Weiss, Museum Row, Israel Museum Parking lot.Cars parking in these streets will be towed away.
The following streets will be closed for the 3 day visit:Keren Hayesod Intersection (Plumer Square) until Agron Intersection- Residents of the area will be allowd only upon presenting Id`s
Alternative driving routes
Begin Road, no. 9 road (Golda Meir Blvd., Yigal Yadin), Derech Hebron, Hativat Jerusalem, Haim Bar-Lev, Eshkol Blvd., Bar Ilan, Haneviim St., Jaffa St., Ben Zakai, Yehuda Hanassi, Golomb, Derech Moshe Baraam.
The Israeli Presidnetial Conference 2008The President's WebsiteThe Israeli Police
The Israel Museum:Closed on Wednesday May 14th, from 17:00 until Friday, May 16th at 11:00. Bible Lands Museum:Closed from Wednesday May 14th until Friday May 16th
Police: 1-700-90-20-30, will be open from May 12th from 12:00 Municipal hotline: 106, or 02-5314600
USA president's route: 14.05.08
Ben Gurion international airport : 11 amLanding at Ben Gurion international airport – reception – after the reception, flight to landing pad Givat Ram.Main driving routes:Road 1, Sacharov, Ben Zvi, Ramban, Agron, King David, Admoni. Landing pad Givat Ram – King David hotelMain driving routes: Landing pad Givat Ram, southern gate, Museums row, Shmuel Weiss, Rupin, Ramban, Paris Square, Agron, King David, Admoni. King David hotel – President's residenceMain driving routes:Admoni, King David, Plumer place, Jabotinsky, Wingate Square, Hanassi, President's residence. President's Residence – Prime Minister's residenceMain driving routes:Hanassi, Wingate Square, Balfoure, Smolanskin.Prime Minister's Residence – King David HotelMain driving routes:Smolanskin, Keren Hayessod, Plumer place, King David, Admoni.King David hotel- Binyanei HaumaMain driving routes: Admoni, King David, Hameches Square, Agron, Ramban, Rupin, Ben Zvi, Zalman Shazar emergency gate, Binyanei Hauma. Binyanei Hauma –King David hotelMain driving routes: Binyanei Hauma emergency gate, Zalman Shazar, Ben Zvi, Rupin, Ramban, Agron, Meches, King David, Admoni.King David hotel – landing pad Givat RamMain driving routes: Admoni, King David, Meches Square, Agron, Ramban, Rupin, Shmuel Weiss, Museum row Southern gate, landing pad.
USA president's route: 15.05.08
Givat Ram landing pad- King David HotelLanding Pad, South Gate, Museum Row, Shmuel Weiss, Rupin, Ramban, Paris Square, Agron, King David, Admoni King David- KnessetAdmoni, King David, Hameches Square, Agron, Ramban, Rupin, Kaplan, Rothschild, KnessetKnesset- King David HotelMain driving routes:Knesset, Rothschild, Kaplan, Rupin, Agron, Hameches, King DavidKing David Hotel- Israel MuseumAdmoni, King David, Hameches Square, Agron, Paris Square, Ramban, Rupin, Shmuel Weiss, Israel MuseumIsrael Museum- Prime Minister's ResidentShmuel Weiss, Rupin, Ramban, Arlozorov, Hanassi, BalfourePrime Minister's Resident-King David HotelSmolanskin, Keren Hayesod, Plumer Square, King David, AdmoniKing David Hotel- Bible Lands MuseumMain driving routes:Admoni, King David, Hameches Square, Agron, Paris Square, Ramban, Rupin, Shmuel Weiss, Bible Lands Museum
USA president's route: 16.05.08
Bible Lands Museum-Givat Ram landing padMain driving routes:Shmuel Weiss, Museum Row, South Gate, LAnding PadDeparture time: 10:45
But anyway. Now I work part-time, and I see the grandkids once a week.
When I arrived in Ofra, I could see that the chairs, blue and white, taken out for their Yom Ha'atzmaut celebrations hadn't been stored yet.
I walked to the babysitter's place.
The Arab homes I could see from my route are much larger and fancier than anything in Ofra or Shiloh or Beit El.