All posts filed under: Jerusalem, October 2003

morning in Cincinnati

Jerusalem, October 2003

I am home now, and the sounds of my family getting ready for the day float up the stairs to me. It’s still dark outside, even though it’s past seven, so autumn has its claws into the end of the year. I hate the darkness about winter most. Tea has appeared by my bedside. All is as it was…

Manhattan a.m.

Jerusalem, October 2003

This is such a beautiful morning, y’all should be up and out and about. That’s what I am, especially since I couldn’t sleep much past 4 or 5 or so. The air here in Manhattan is clear (!) and sunny. Down west 46th street is a large parade wagon, with 4 bulls waiting aimlessly in the street until it is time to pull the wagon. Only a small crowd has gathered, plus the lone motorcycle […]

Sukkot

Jerusalem, October 2003

Dinner (of a sort) tonight at Cafe Beginah (Garden Cafe) with Mordechai, Jacob, and Avraham. We watched a tad bit of the “Bible Code” show, with Mordechai in prominent role, and a fair piece of the third episode of “Cosmos,” the one that tells about the life of Johannes Kepler. We were getting many and various ideas about where we want the TV show to go. Much fun it is to sit outside in an […]

another world

Jerusalem, October 2003

My friends at the Sukkot dinner tonight were still astonished that I’d simply gone to Bethlehem yesterday. They didn’t know you could do that. And unplanned, too. “She just took a taxi there…” Most lasting image of the trip: Beit Jala, the walls… All walls throughout the world draw posters to them like magnets. Therefore, at first I paid no attention to the multitude of small posters on the walls of the houses of Beit […]

Erev Sukkot

Jerusalem, October 2003

Did nothing today but sit at the Cafe Beginah (Garden Cafe) with Mordechai and read read read. The sort of day I needed after yesterday’s travels. The sun was out, the temperature perfect, and the pomegranate and palm and other trees provided lovely shade. Tonight, Sukkot at Avraham’s. Film at 11.

Odd members of the citrus family

Jerusalem, October 2003

I have never seen an etrog before. Those of you who are, like me, not observant Jews, might wonder, “What is an etrog?” It is a fruit. Of the citrus family. I think they are not eaten, though, like are their cousins, the orange, the lemon, and the lime. Less than 24 hours to the start of Sukkot, during which these fruits are necessary. Of course, now, a brisk market is occurring in etrogs, lulavs […]