Central Area Instructed to Prepare Shelters (awaiting confirmation)

Update: I'm still waiting for confirmation of this story. I haven't heard of a public announcement by the Homefront Command.Breaking news via Jameel:Update: There was no announcement about this on the 3:00 news.2:04 PM IDF Homefront Command starts to distribute emergency directions for Rocket … [Read more...]

Bamba not related to mysterious deaths of toddlers

Over the last few weeks, four toddlers have gotten ill and died suddenly of mysterious causes. Two children remain hospitalized; one is recovering and one is still in intensive care. The Health Ministry debated over whether to announce that they are investigating the deaths as they didn't want to … [Read more...]

Did we kill the plants already?

The day after I posted about our container garden, our friend Maier warned us about using recycled water. Some "gray" water is safe for the garden, but not all. I found this Australian government website containing the following guidelines:‘Black water’ is water that has come in contact with toilet … [Read more...]

On Hoopoes, Black Cats, and Dodecagons

A few months ago, the city began to erect a traffic circle at this dangerous intersection. Work stopped temporarily when residents of a neighboring street sued the city out of concern for the extra traffic in front of their homes. I am more concerned about the safety of the intersection, but I … [Read more...]

Our Israeli Container Garden

The second floor of our apartment has a large, sunny porch. At one point we had a thriving herb garden, which now contains only a geranium, some sad-looking rosemary, and a miniature citrus tree. I am gratified that the tree survived long enough for us to enjoy the single kumquat, since we couldn't … [Read more...]

Sukkot in the ER

When we last met, I was injured at the bottom of a hill near Peduel. At this point I was pretty sure I would recover, so we went to our friends' house in the community of Revava. I sat and nursed my wounds while others prepared the delicious dinner. During the meal, the wrist on the hand that I used … [Read more...]

Drip, drip, drip

That's the only sound heard from my stand-alone freezer, which decided to stop working yesterday, on Shabbat. The problem with living in a Jewish country is that repairmen also observe the holiday, but I left a desperate message for the one who replaced the motor only six weeks ago.I've managed to … [Read more...]

Revised Jerusalem Video is Up at Youtube

Today we received a new comment from Michal:Hi, Following remarks from this blog - The israel ministry of tourism have produced a new version to the clip - one that is not offensive in any manner to any crowd. you may view the new clip here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n...h? v=nD1gzmzINOA Shana … [Read more...]

A visit with Abbi, and the bug in the challah dough

What I've been up to this week:Met Commenter Abbi in the park. Her children are so sweet! (Sorry about the photo quality--I can't get through to Canon about repairing the camera.) I was glad for an excuse to get out of the house and socialize. On a related note, I don't understand how Israeli … [Read more...]

Young and old in Ramat Gan

Haveil Havalim #181  is hosted at Tzipiyah. Now that my little one entered gan we are free on Fridays, the first day of the Israeli weekend. We decided to go out for breakfast, using the coupon my husband received as a birthday present from work. It's not easy to get out of the house for a morning … [Read more...]