|Our traveling companions the Morris' and the Zangwill's|
Exploding Soccer Balls
In anticipation of visiting playgrounds on Shabbat, we bought a very cheap soccer ball for my boys to play with. The store owner actually warned us that this was not a good ball and that we shouldn't buy it, but since we only needed it to last 10 days, we went ahead and did so anyway. Well, before Shabbat even began, my boys were walking across the street with Micah carrying the ball in his drawstring backpack, when they heard an explosion that sounded like a gunshot right next to them. They, along with several other people they tell me, immediately ducked down on the ground in utter fear and panic. When you hear something that sounds like a gunshot or a bomb in a place like Israel (or Oakland, for that matter), it's a frightening prospect. Fortunately, the source of the explosion was the soccer ball. It literally exploded in Micah's backpack, tearing a hole in it. Quite a scare, so we knew it was going to be a strange Shabbat.
Broken Door Handles
|The locksmith receipt|
So, time to call the locksmith. But wait, what locksmith is open on Shabbat? Ths smartphone gave us several numbers, most of which said "24-6." A few said 24-7, and I called them. But all I could do was leave messages in my very broken Hebrew. Finally, one of our traveling companions, Stuart Zangwill, found one on the 4th page of google. Whoever gets to the 4th page!? But he reached one. He was secular and was only annoyed to be taken away from the World Cup. So by 11:15, we were in. Whew!
And, at least we got to have the greatest challa in the world from Ugat Chen in Machane Yehuda!
We are having a wonderful time as we always do in Israel, spending a delightful Shabbat, running into Beth Abraham members on the street (hello Golub family, Werthan family, Berrol family, Edelstein family, Hebrew school teacher Ariella) and many other people I know in this "small world," eating incredible food, and visiting and revisiting favorite sights (tunnel tours under the Western Wall, the City of David, old City Scavenger Hunt, Yad Vashem, and much more).
|The former Gan Avraham Justice League wrapping tefilin|
|Blooms and Zangwills on Edlestein Balcony in Yemin Moshe|
|Western Wall Tunnel Tours|
Shavua Tov from Jerusalem!