Wednesday, November 12, 2008

"Wise" - IF

Our tradition wisely teaches us that on the one hand, the individual should view the world as having been created solely for him, but on the other hand, he is but dust and ashes. In this way we strive to enjoy the pleasures of this world while never forgetting its transient nature, and keeping our priorities in order. It is said of a sage who kept two pieces of paper in either pocket with this as a reminder...

Sunday, November 9, 2008

To Dwell in the Palace

I`ve just read "Forever my Jerusalem," a personal account of the siege of the Old City in 1948 by Puah Shteiner. The story was still embedded in my thoughts as I drifted through the Old City this morning. Usually I dodge the tourists and slowpokes with my New-York-acquired lightning-speed pace, but today I just sat on a bench, as ancient as the stones surrounding me, watching people. The French couple I drew above approached me and gave me their details in Paris just in case I visit... What a nice way to make connections...
Feeling great and grateful to be here.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Bus Ride in Jerusalem

Now I have to say that I am not anti-American... I am actually marrying one. But there are certain types that, how should I say it... stand out... in the simple settings of Jerusalem. It just bothers me that people come here expecting everyone to cater to their needs, when they are, in fact, in Israel!