Posted by LW Ben Yechezkiel
One of the pleasures of Shabbat in Jerusalem is the availability of many incredibly interesting classes some of which I make plans to attend others I catch by happenstance.
The latter was last Shabbat after tefillot at Shira Chadashaa known around the world as the first partnership minyan
The lecturer was Aliza Lavie author of two books Tefillot Nashim (translated into English as A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book and Minhag Nashim (women’s customs) the latter book contains maps showing the presence of these customs dating back centuries throughout the full spectrum of Jewish communities around the world. Both books were bestsellers in Israel. In fact Professor Lavie told us that even though the book was not made officially permissible in the haredi community, many charedi women, purchased the book and then photocopied sections so as to have the material without owning the book.
Particularly interesting is that what is old becomes new again. Several ceremonies which are considered 20th century innovations have existed for centruries.
She has found prayers and rabbinical texts associated with bat mitzvah in Italy, Germany, and Libya from the mid 19th centrury
She was also pleasantly surprised that when she celebrated a simchat bat commemorating the birth of her daughter, her caregiver exclaimed that she remembered such ceremonies in that dated back for centuries in her Middle Eastern communities. Ceremonies associated with the birth of a daughter date back at least as far as the mid 19th century throughout the Jewish communities in the Middle East, Italy and Ashkenazic communities including traditions among chassidim for such ceremonies.
Women’s rosh chodesh celebrations, now extremely popular across the spectrum of American Jewry and a an innovation of the last few decades also have roots going back centruies. Various forms of specifically female commemorations of Rosh Chodehs across communities in the land of Israel, Tunisia, Morocco, Kurdistan also date back centuries and are. in fact mentioned in the Jerusalem Talmud. There is mention of rosh chodesh as a “Shabbat” without work for womens but not for men. A tradition kept in many communities for centuries. Women in the middle ages wore special clothes on rosh chodesh . In the land of Israel centuries ago women had a large celebratory meal and on erev rosh chodesh there was a particularly large presence of women praying at the kotel and Rachel’s Tomb .
During the lecture and in her book she presents many moving prayers marking important lifecycle events in a woman’s life including the beginnings of pregnancy as well as prayers associated with specific mitvot associated with women such as mikva and separating challah when baking challa (although of course nothing prevents men from baking challa ?) She also presented lost customs with prayers such as women preparing the candles lit for Yom Kippur.
The English translation of the book won the National Jewish Book Award Dr. Lavie has lectured widely in the United States and is available for lectures.
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June 12, 2012 | 2:38 pm
Posted by LW Ben Yechezkiel
Abraham Joshua Heschel is a central figure in jewish thought for many particularly non Orthodox American Jews, His political action including his participation in the anti vietnam war movement and civil rights movement based on his religious views is held out as an example for many. In Israel however he is virtually unknown…as he was during his lifetime with many of his most important writings never translated in Hebrew
As with many things in the realm of Jewish life this is somethng that is changing quarters, A young teacher named Dror Bondi—a former demonstrator against Rabin and hard core right winger of the settler movement has taken Heschel as his intellecual . A good profile of Dror is here. He has translated some of his writings into Hebrew into a book that has sold well (more on Dror in another post). He teaches Heschel’ s thought at Ein Prat (see my earlier post) as well as at Beit Yisraell another institution dedicated to the study of religious and secular texts. I have spoken to students of Dror at both places, they all expressed enthusiasm for Dror’s classes. Beit Yisrael itself merits another post it is affiliated with an “urban kibbutz” whose communal living includes a pooling of their salaries.
Earlier this week I attended a program at Beit Yisrael to discuss Heschel. It was a bit out of the way from central jerusalem in Gilo. The room was full with mostly Beit Yisrael students.
But the presenters illustrated the seriousness with which many are taking Heschel’s work.
Susanna Heschel (herself a Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth) spoke of her fathers personality and life she also noted that she thought her father would have moved to Israel…but no one would offer him a job. She spoke warmly of Dror and how, while there are many who write about her father that she doesn’t feel capture his thought, she was very excited that Dror is the person bringing Heschel to the Israeli public. She emphasived her fathers chasidic roots and their impact on his life and thought. She also thanked her chassidic cousin for attending the program
Another speaker was Muki Tsur for decades an intellectual leader in the kibbutz movement. He noted that Israeli Jewry has missed Heschel’s approach to Judaism but now seems in some quarters to be open to it. Tsur spoke of his personal experience with Heschel right after the Six Day war. Tsur was editor of an influential book Siach Lochamim (published in English as the Seventh Day) which was conversations with soldiers which spoke a deep ambivalence to the experience as conquerors. He said Heschel was brought to tears reading from the book.
On the program was RabbiYuval Sherlow rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Hesder Petach Tikvah and a founder of the Tzohar group of more liberal Orthodox Rabbis in Israel. His presence on the program reflected his interest in Heschel unfortunately he did not make it to the program…I was disappointed.
The program was a discussion between the ubiquitous Micha Goodman (who wrote the introduction to Dror’s book) and Dror. Micha spoke of how Heschel reflected an American religiousity across large parts of the population that doesnt exist in Israel. He based his experience on his mother’s family in Oklahoma who are strictly practicing Catholics. He said that in his childhood he though “goy” meant a very religious person.
Dror’s dream is toe establish a Heschel institute in Israel ...what a great opportunity for a bridge to American Jewry.
Beit Yisrael’s pre Army program has one participant this year and next year will have 5 from the NY day schools Ramaz, Heschel and SAR (are you listening LA area day schools ?)
June 7, 2012 | 12:56 am
Posted by LW Ben Yechezkiel
Jerusalem Festival of Lights A series of art installations using light throughout the western part of the Old City quite amazing. It’s up to you if its a good thing…most lively on Thurs nights crowded but quite manageable.
Festival of Books: Annual event across the country where publishers put out the wares at booths with significant discounts..always crowded. I’ll blog separately after starts June 7 I believe till June 10. Largest are in Tel Aviv Kikar Rabin and Jerusalem: Liberty Bell Park. The major chains run sales all month but the range of choices is larger at the fair. Oh and why this time of year…its right around Shavuot.
Carmen at Masada..I havent been but it sounds amazing. Several nearby hotels offer package deals. There is also free opera in Park Ha Yarkon in Tel Aviv later in the summer
One more of a different type
The incredible Bible teacher Avivah Zornberg teaches an english parshat hashavua class Mons 7 30 pm weds 9:00 am weekly at the OU center 23 keren hayesod street Jerusalem
June 5, 2012 | 4:13 am
Posted by LW Ben Yechezkiel
Last year I had the opportunity to be a (very old ) participant at midreshet ein prat a program for post Army/Pre University young people. This year I had the opportunity to join them for Shabbat/Shavuot.
The midrasha was founded by Micah Goodman a dynamic teacher who seems to show up everywhere I look: a bestselling book on Maimonides, a filled to overflow lecture at Machon Begin on Tisha B’Av, Hartman Institute programs in English and Hebrew…I even looked up at the TV in a coffee shop on a Friday afternoon and saw him interviewed about the weekly torah portion. He made a visit to LA where he visited Ikar and other groups.
The Midrasha is targeted to bring together dati and lo dati young people to learn western philosophy and Jewish sources. Their day starts at 8 am with Talmud and literally ended with Machiavelli at midnight with new testament, modern jewish philosophy,Plato and sufi Islam in between. The judaica teacher is the soft spoken Rabbi Danny Segal who with an approach the polar opposite of Micah’s makes just as much if not more impact. In between I saw students pair off to learn Spinoza by bringing up Google books on their laptops.
The Midrasha has grown tremendously, there is the five month after army program as well as a month long Elul Program, they have added a pre Army mechina . Over the past year Ein Prat has begun to host American groups of American students through Tikva fellows. The Israel Ein Prat alumni can’t get enough of the experience and have continued with a magazine and alumni groups in Beersheba and Jerusalem that have Shabbat programs and courses during the week.
The program for Shabbat/Shavuot was hosted by those currently on the five month program and was attended by alumni, friends of alumni, potential participants and even one fellow who literally stumbled upon the place. The participants pretty much rolled up their sleeves and ran things, the 2 staff people pretty much the same age as the participants gave guidelines as to what needed to be done in food prep, cleaning and the participants took over from there. The 2 days at ein prat were exactly the type of “chavaya” I want to blog about.
Kabbalat Shabbat is conducted at a spot with an incredible viewover the Judaean desert. The tefillot are led by a male and a female of dati background. They are conducted with incredible spirit and Carlebach and other similar melodies as the sun sets over the desert…it bore strong resemblance (and not by coincidence) to your best Jewish summer camp or Shabbat retreat kabbalat Shabbat.
Interestingly the chevra than move back to the midrasha after kabbalat shabbat and a far smaller group participates in the maariv service traditional with a mechitza. It’s a pattern one notices often at ein prat: the dati students retain their more “orthodox observant”, those from a non religious background experience more of the tradition than most have ever participated in in their lifetimes. But this is not a program designed to change anyone to a particular pattern of behavior or observance. The main goal is to open everyone’s eyes and mind to a different way of looking at things.
Everyone the assembles for Kiddush and the Shabbat meals, complete with songs that I hadn’t heard since Zionist summer camp, decades ago.
Shabbat morning those interested (a very small group )attended services at the adjacent yishuv Alon. Everyone reassembled for Kiddush and Shabbat lunch. Havdalla was attended by all with a Debbie Friedman melody common at American non orthodox summer camps and synagogues.
Then the real action began… the crowd built to probably 3 or 4 times the size for the tikun leyl Shavuot…remember that these participants would be non observant that travelled on Shabbat. The group swelled to close over 200 to hear classes from Micha, Rabbi Danny. Micah’s keynote talk on Shavuot spoke about the need for Judaism to adapt itself to three main issues: relations to the outsider, women’s rights and homosexual rights.
Then participants had the option of several classes through the night. It seemed to me most stayed up all night. Again few assembled for fomal tefillot the next day. However a large group sat in a circle for a reading of megillat ruth in traditional trop led by one of the Dati guys. As the day progressed most studied Ruth in small groups.
None of the program was micro managed, study groups developed spontaneously or folk just assembled for conversation, study or card games. The 2 day experience was enough to motivate a few non einprat alumni to consider applying to future programs
During my time at Ein Prat I am wont to walk up to one of the particiants and ask “could I ask you a question ?” which is my tactic to engage them in a 20 -30 minute conversation…which they are almost always open to participating in. Some common themes come across in all the conversations.
For the non observant including some who stated they never even had Friday night Kiddush in their open a big part of their motivation was that there was something missing in their background. As one student put it to me it didn’t make sense to grow up in a jewish state and receive an education in which one didn’t even know what a page of Talmud looked like. They all (of course I am sure there were exceptions) found the exposure to Jewish sources and traditions an eye opening experience . Most expressed interest in continuing to incorporate more tradition and study of sources in their life….but none were about to become strictly observant.
Those from the Orthodox community were clearly out of the mold of many of their peers. They came to Ein Prat out of a desire to gain exposure to secular sources…it also seemed clear to me that they wanted strong social interaction with their non dati peers something that if it occurs at all would likely only be in the framework of their Army service.
Common to both groups was a rejection of what they viewed as the artificial black and white distinction between “dati and cheloni” is outdated something set by previous generations that doesn’t match the way they view things. Many are interested in studying jewish sources, increasing their observance of Shabbat..but few if any of the non religious are about to become dati and few among the dati seemed to be inclined to become “dat lash = dati lesheavar formerly orthodox—although several already fell into that category and based on statistics it would be reasonable to assume a few more will enter that group. Also there are far more “intermarriages” between dati and lo dati partners than most Americans would suspect…..does this all sound a bit familiar….?
For me what is fascinating to find in all these encounters is what I call the American “fingerprints”. Micah’s parents are American and he is affiliated with the Hartman Institute which is created and led by American olim, Rabbi Danny Segal’s father is an American oleh Conservative Rabbi…and many of the participants have American parents or connections. One of the most dynamic teachers Dror Bondi is teaching from his book of translations of the works of Abraham Joshua Heschel who is very minimally known amont Israelis…The young Israeli woman who drove me back to Jerusalem told me she had been a participant on Young Judaea year course and worked her way through American Jewry by working with NIFTY, Camp Ramah and NCSY.
One question I always ask in these environments is whether American Judaism’s greatest contribution to Israel might be it’s greater openness (across denominations). I always get strong agreement even more so when I suggest it is potentially a far greater contribution than advice on foreign policy or negotiating tactics.
So here’s some food for thought: not only would it be great for American Jews to become more aware and involved with these groups…in doing this American Jews would be well advised to leave their denominational labels at the airport before they get on the plane to Israel.
Modern Orthodox, Conservative and Reform American Jews would find much in common with many of these programs….and no doubt much that doesn’t exactly match their worldview. Far better to work with these groups where they stand rather than make support and ties contingent on the details of their programs. If one is truly concerned about disturbing trends of religious extremism it Israel best to work from the bottom up with groups like the students and alumni of ein prat.
In any event make a visit for yourself, the students hold a mishmar—all night study session – which is open to the public on Thursday nights..I faced both times I attended at around 1 -2 am. And feel free to make a connection if dropping in on a Thursday night doesn’t meet your plans….In the meantime you can find a gallery of videos here
Although I am committed to not making this blog a forum for discussion of “ha matsav” I think it would be disingenuous not to mention that Ein Prat is located at Yishuv Alon over the green line about 25 minutes from Jerusalem near Maale Adumim . I’ll leave it to others to draw conclusions and look at where it stands on various maps of proposed final settlements.
I also would be remiss not to steer people to the great videos from the ein prat music group: the fountainheads. The music videos can be found here
May 25, 2012 | 5:10 am
Posted by LW Ben Yechezkiel
Yes there is Shabbat in Tel Aviv you do have to look for it…and yes most people simply hit the beach.
As shabbat approaches one definitely feels the pace of the city slow down, traffic thins,most stores and many cafes restaurants slow down…and the hours when one would assume people are having Friday gnight dinner the streets are quite empty, Things pick up later particularly long after I am asleep as clubs get going around midnight.
As for synagogues in my experience they are divided into two types:
The older synagogues which are pretty much inactive, they get more people on Friday night maybe 50 and far fewer shabbat morning. I have attended some of these, like the synagogue established in the 1930s on rechov borgashov on a couple Friday nights. If you are looking for a daily minyan you will find it in these places/
The other type are a small number of younger minyanim at a few spots in the city. I have attended a few and they are a bit similar. They certainly are orthodox and share much in common. Tel Aviv orthodox are looser than those in most other places. The minyanim have a mix of Israelis, British, French and American often fewer Americans than the other non Israeli nationalities. Many times I have attendedwomen have given the dvar torah and the general approach in my view is more open than most places. The attendees are definitely Tel Avivi and in most cases could not imagine living elsehwere. They are single or with young children, Several are working to establish the first joing dati/cheloni religious secular school in Tel Aviv…more on that in another post.
Heres a rundown
On Frishman just off Dzengoff is a synagogue with an young American rabbi who attracts an eclectc crowd including, tourists, non native Israelis,and Israelis orthodox and otherwise.
Ichud Olan all the way downstairs at 86 Ben Yehuda (the rest of the synagogue) is a typical Tel Aviv synagogue, mostly singles and couples with younf children. This is my main Tel Aviv synagogue with a nice Kiddush as welll (!). People are friendly and by all means as is always the case in my opinion if they announce hospitality take them up on the offer…you will meet some interesting people..I have.
Further up Ben Yehuda at 128 is a very lively minyan that gets quite a crowd. Attention single women interested in meeting some nice Israeli guys..this is probably the spot. It’s almost entirely singles with a great male femaile ratio for the females . Unlike Ichud Olam they do meet Friday nights.
Yakar…this is a very active synagogue with lots of young singles and others, classes during the week and a pretty interesting Rabbi.. I’ve only been once on A Friday night because it is a bit far from where I usually stay.6 Yericho Street. Friday night and shabbat morning
Zeitlin Minyan in the Zeitlin school 5 Leonardo Da Vinci, there is a good deal of overlap with the Ichud Olam crowd. I have yet to make it. Since I am writing in the LA Jewish Journal I guess I should mention Joseph Cedar, director of the Oscar nominated Footnotes film attends here. I have yet to make it here. I believe it meets Friday nights.
I dont have much experience with any Reform or Conservative congregations in Tel Aviv. I have attended the summer tefillot at the “non orthodox, non conservative, non reform” beit tefilla which holds very well attended (with Israelis) kabbalat shabbat with music at the Nemal along the beach in Tel Aviv. More on Beit Tefilla in a later post.
Whether you spend shabbat on the beach or in tefillot or both yaish shabbat b tel aviv.
May 25, 2012 | 1:42 am
Posted by LW Ben Yechezkiel
I arrived in Israel May 4 and have been a bit derelict in getting going with my postings. Although I’m Off to Machon Ein Prat for Shavuot since I just completed my stay in Tel Aviv, I’ll post some blogs on Tel Aviv before I blog about Jerusalem and other places and groups.
My Friday routine in Tel Aviv. I wont give exact directions, you can always find someone to help you and google maps even has biking and walking instructions.
Tel Aviv is a bustle of activity on Friday. Here are things I try to fit in, they can easily be done in one day particularly in the summer when shabbat starts lane.
First thing an early morning walk or ride on one of the use it here leave it there bikes a daily subscription is 14 shekel weekly is 60 more than worth it, You can fuller desciption to come. Ride up to the tayelet /promenade allong the beach uo to the nemal (port),grab a coffee with the morning bikers/joggers at the Aroma. There is a goumet food maket in an old warehouse furhter north with gourmet food insiide and a farmers market outside on Fridays.. You can return your bike at a station at the end of the nemal (you can use it for half and hour and then return one and wait 1/2 hour to take another one.
You can take another bike for the return or walk to where you are staying. If you are furher south and dont want to walk it, for a change of pace you might want to walk down dzeingoff to get a feel of the area, North dzeingoff has the high end fashionable stores
.... or if you are stay ing much further south (near gordon/dzeingoff) travel like the Tel Avivans there are mini vans running up and down ben yehuda (#4) and dzeingoff (#5) that go all the way up and down those streets all the way to the central bus station. They will stop and pick you up anywhere along the route and let you off anywhere you want fare is 6 shekel around $1.50. Faster than a bus cheaper ,faster than a cab and you’re travelling like the locals. Someone on the van will also be on the van and help you out with directions.
Depending how early you started and whether you wanted to take a break you can embark on the rest of your rounds . Better not to star before close to 10 am so that things are active.you can always grab coffee and breakfast at the endless coffee shops. I recommend rechov borgashov, rechov ben gurion/dzeingoff and rechov dzeingoff/arlosov for more of a local non touristy feel. Breakfast is always served all day and the big israeli breakfasts are enough for breakfast and lunch .
From there I would recommend walking down dzeingoff to dzeingof circle or from Borgashov. until you get to dzeingoff circle.
There you will find one of my favorite spots. On Tuesdays and Fridays (it seems to be better on Fridays) is the flea market “shuk ha pishpeeshim”. There is alot of stuff that would be found at any flea market in the states. But the big draw for me are the vendors selling material from the early days of the state or even from the pre state Yishuv. Remember how recent all this history is: if one cleans out grandpas old stuff that he held on or even if you are middle aged and held onto things you have material that would be equivalent to materials from the 1750s -1780s in the states.
One can find incredible stuff for ridiculously low prices: Some thinks I have bought/almost bought
Board games from the 1950s
Copies of deeds from the 1920s.
Coins, paper money from earliest days of the state.
Shana Tova Cards (kitschy and not) again going back to the 1930s.
Blue boxes from the keren kayemet (later the jewish national fund) from the pre state era.
A commemorative book from an Israeli delegation to the World Socialist Sports games in Moscow.
I am partial to collecting first day covers. Some those I have picked up:
First post office from maabara (tent village) of Holon 1954
First post office in rafiach (now Palestinian Gaza), Neot Midbar (now Egyptian Sina), united Jerusalem,, commemoration of Sadat’s visit to Israel, first El Al flight to Egypt and many others from the 1950s.
Lots of other interesting ads, books,postcars, booklets, and other tchotkes going back to the 1920s
$25 and you will go home with some incredible stuff if you are a fan of this material.
Proceed down dzaingoff to the dzeingoff center. Nothing special in terms of stops here unless you are interested in buying some Israeli music. The disk center is in the mall on one of the lower floors. They have great inventory, good prices and a very knowledgeable staff that will give you recommendations and let you listen and sample pretty much as much as you want (within reason of course).
Beginning around 11 is the real fun in the mall. A food fair of “ochel moochan” prepaared food of every type that people eat on the spot and/or take home for shabbat. The dim sum is a big favorite of the crowd, there is bedouin food, chinese, italian, sushi, baked goods and just about everything else. I am partial to picking up the tradional mizrachi shabbat foods: kuba, schnitzels. stuffed grape leaves, borekas, chamim (mizrachi cholent ) and more. Most of the vendors do not have a teudat kashrut (kosher certification) but many do. Others do not have a teuda (remember if you are open on shabbat or even do not close early enough on Friday you cannot get a teuda). The vendors of the mizrachi food without a teuda will tell you they woud never sell you anything non kosher all the meat is kosher and all the products are meat or parve…I ll leave it to others to make their food choices. The food festival is even more active later in the afternoon.
I’ll stop here with part one. Some may want to take a break or save the rest for another Friday. For those with more energy…more in part 2
January 6, 2012 | 2:58 pm
Posted by LW Ben Yechezkiel
Yes, Hebrew speakers I know the title is redundant…aval kacha zeh
Chavaya is a Hebrew word that literally translated means experience. But at least in my experience it means more.
Ayzeh chavaya means that you experienced something that made a strong impression something that you cant wait to tell other people about, that at least for a little while can cause you to change the way you look at some things.
Over the last 3 years I have had the great opportunity to spend a few months a year in Israel. I am up to six out of the last twelve. I’ve also worked my Hebrew up pretty close to fluent which helps. When in Israel my main work is on US hours and I am off Sundays. That means I have plenty of time to look for chavayot.
What is a chavaya for me in Israel.. Having a few beers in the middle of the Negev at sunset with an Israeli student that grew up in the comfortable suburbs of Tel Aviv and has chosen to combine college with building up the quality of life in the “peripheria” periphery of Israel by doing community service might be one. And it’s even more likely to be one if he is joined by a twenty something American Jew who has decided to join him. And that’s just one example.
Mee she mayveen yaveen loosely translated maybe you get what I mean.
What I will be doing here is writing about places that I know and have had “chavayot” with. They range across many parts of Israeli society. Then I want to help you spend some time with these groups too. The whole idea is to broaden American Jews experience. Literally and figuratively to get them off the tour bus and out of the hotel room.
One thing I won’t do here is enter into discussions of “ha matsav” the overarching term for security and foreign policy issues. Not because they aren’t important –l’hefek just the opposite. They are so important that I don’t have anything particular new or insightful to say. And more importantly because my whole goal here is to help you have a broader exposure to life in Israel. Believe me, if you visit some of these places and speak to the people the subject of “ha matsav” will come up or you can bring it up. And you will hear unfiltered opinions of the people living the situation and you can draw your own conclusions
I am also not fundraising although I think all these groups merit your support in all ways. The people I have met at these groups are hungry to have encounters with “rank and file” American Jew that just want people to learn about what they are doing. I have never ever been solicited for a contribution during my visits to these places. These people know that the more visitors that get exposed to what they are doing the more support they will get. And they also love the idea that American Jews are interested in more about Israel than “ha matsav”.
People that know me know that when it comes to Israel I am bottom up and all about making connections. My main goal is for you to contact me and for me to help you have these chavayot. Soon there will be a facebook group and people can post from their chavayot. And in this wonderful world of social networking other people will contribute posts about other groups you…and I should experience.
Other things I will be doing here:
Heads up on interesting articles on social and cultural developments of Israel.
Profiles of Israeli artists include some music videos and tv and movie clips.
Suggestions for “non touristy” things to do while in Israel
During the time I am in Israel notes on interesting concerts, lectures and other events.
And who knows what else. It’s a blog we’ll see how it goes.
Each entry will be written by me perhaps with contributions from participants in the program. It’s a blog so hopefully people will kick in with their own suggestions.
In the interest of anonymity I won’t post my personal information here. But the minute we get to know each other by email we’ll meet virtually or in thereal world and get to know each other to set up chavayot.
Of course this isn’t intended just for Americans and I don’t have a specific age group in mind : college age and up works. So if you or your children are in Israel for a year or a semester or a short trip please feel welcome.
As a matter of fact olim chadashim and vatikim and native Israelis are welcome too. Plenty of them don’t know about these groups and don’t get out to meet them. We took a hard core Tel Avivit down to Ayalim village at Ashalim in the Negev. As we were getting into the car to drive back to Tel Aviv she said “what time will we get back to Israel … to which we responded “ we are in Israel “.
Zeh hoo zeh: no talking points, no monetary solicitations. Just helping people have chavayot baaretz.