Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Since You've Been Gone

Sorry for the long delay but had post two-day Yom Tov trauma and then didn’t feel too flash after the fast. So let me bring you up to speed….

Day One Rosh Hashana

Before we get to that, as usual the build up was pretty intense. Friday at the Supersol was insane and Mister Zol on Palmach trumped that by some distance. Suffice to say that it was glad to finally get to Yom Tov to escape all the commotion.

Davened at Nafka Mina which is a superb minyan. In the Bnei Akiva snif, it has that great Bnei/Gush vibe and when everyone sings in unison (eg V'Haviotim El Har Kodshi) you feel as though the roof is about to be fly off. Typical of Katamon every seat in the women’s section is taken while there are some vacancies in the mens.

Better yet it had a Kiddush both days!

Friday night marked YM’s first visit to shul and her first dinner at someone else’s house.
Your whole perspective is changed once a pram/carriage/Agala comes into the equation. For the most part Israeli footpaths do not cater for wheels.

Saturday afternoon was sleeping on the couch when all the excitement started. I woke up startled by what Mrs Co.Il was shouting at me. When you first wake up in this fashion, what you first hear comes across as gibberish. So all I was hearing was “Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah.”

Put the finger in the ear and on the fourth go, I got it, “The fuse just blew and the lights are out. What are we gonna do?”
So 5.30 on Shabbas afternoon, my mission was to get out and find me a Filipino who would accompany me back to the house and flick the fuse for us.

Luckily, Tchernichovsky St, which is heavily populated by senior citizens is just above us. So scanned the street and sitting on one of the balconies was some old guy with a Filipino. Bingo!
I shouted out and explained the situation to the lovely girl who went and called her employer. Out appeared some elderly French woman who didn’t understand a word I was saying. She called out to her fellow neighbour who was out on the adjacent balcony. I explained to the neighbour what was going on and she translated for me. Luckily the French lady relented and the Filipino came with me.
Gave her a chair to stand on and she flicked the switch and problem solved! Did in 24 minutes what it takes Jack Bauer a whole day.

Day Two Rosh Hashana
The only two day Yom Tov of the year unless Shavout is on Friday.
Biggest differences between the two RH days this year was Shofar. Why is it that everyone has to turn around and watch? It’s not as if there is anything to see.

We were told to be at lunch by 12:00 but only left shul at 12:45. They had already eaten by the time we got there.

A nice guy came over and blew Shofar for Mrs Co.Il as she wasn't able to hear it. Thankyou Janglo!

Tzom Gedalia
Wasn’t much fun. Went to work but was in zombie mode the whole day until 3pm when I called it a day and went home. At home just chilled until the breaking of it. Broke it on a cup of tea and granola bar. Went to bed at 9pm

So that was that. Nothing too exciting. Now just getting ready for Yom Kippur as well as writing my speech for the Simchat Bat.


Blogger Sweatshop Worker said...

Hey Dot!! We take offense to that! Since when arent we 'too exciting'?

Pistols at dawn?

11:44 PM  
Blogger Wisey said...

Good to see you back in good blogging form...

2:21 AM  
Blogger Ginrod Isus said...

It's a shame I wasn't in Jtown to help you. As I am half Filipino, and could have been the Haagim Fairy.

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Savta Anne said...

will you publish your speech on the blog for those of us who can't be there

11:37 AM  
Blogger Dot Co Dot Il said...

SW - You are exciting. So exciting its not fit for publication.

Wisey - Thanking you ;)

Ginrod - That's so sweet of you. How though would we have gotten in touch with you?

SA - Possibly...

12:29 PM  
Blogger tafka PP said...

What time should one arrive in order to witness the auspicious speech??

12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

know i'm a bit late in the day, also been out of internet sync this week, but next time u got a fuse problem, walk down a couple of flights of stairs, knock the first door in your building and ask for lori - she's an angel ;)

4:51 PM  

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