I know we’re already deep into Rosh Hashanah and, unfortunately, politics and terror, but I hope it’s not too late to share this picture from one of my visits to the bookstore to amass the required materials.
While the owner of the store was ringing up my purchase, someone called looking for a phone number. The owner scanned the store. "Penina," she said to a customer. Do you have this number? Penina did.The owner tossed her daughter one phone and Penina tossed her the other. Presumably the third one belongs to the daughter.
A second daughter had her arm in a sling, but that didn’t stop her from "slinging" our NIS 900 book order from one counter to another.
Most scandalous school supply request: An NIS 30 set of plastic sticks that look like test tubes cut lengthwise and marked with colored lines, for my fourth grader to learn fractions. Second-most scandalous school reply request: Workbooks that ask kids to write a few sentences every third page and include at least one or two pages that need to be cut, glued or colored on so the books can’t be resold or handed down easily.
Happy cooking. If you’re an Orthodox Jewish woman, enjoy the fact that you aren’t expected to spend an extra hour in shul every weekday until Yom Kippur. Unless you have small children, and getting to shul on your own while your husband takes care of them, is a relief.