Machane Yehuda is the outdoor market in Jerusalem for fruits and vegetables. And housewares. And clothing. And art and jewelry. And trendy cafes, bars, eateries.My favorites is Uzi the Etrog man, who makes drinks, creams, and other products all from the Etrog.
Well, he adds some other homeopathic stuff too. His remedies come from the idea that Etrog means "a thing of beauty and pleasant to look at" so he's trying to make sure that spills over to his customers as well. He's so successful that he's opened up a new branch---in Tel Aviv's parallel open market, the Carmel market!
Yad VaShem is the world's first holocaust museum, and the first museum built in Israel. It's also a resource center for studying the history, personalities, politics and education of the holocaust. But it's also used for something else---when the rabbis are trying to trace a recent oleh, or a convert's roots, they use the same data base and archives that Yad Vashem provides for genealogy.
The rainy season has officially begun! We have such a concentration on rain and water, that we have a special name for the first rain of the season—the 'yoreh' fell last night, and this morning! So now our conversations will be peppered with all of the different names for rain and precipitation.
We've got as many as Eskimos have names for snow! Its that important! So get your umbrellas out! On second thought, don’t. The wind smashes thru them pretty fast….those of you who think Chicago is the windy city haven’t been to Jerusalem in winter!Israel is known as an innovative place—please, innovate a stronger, foldable umbrella!