First, a blog housekeeping sort of question: To those who post comments regularly, do you get my updates emailed to you, or just check every day, or what? Some family members want to know if they can get emails when I’ve updated, and I don’t know how to answer them, because I just write the blog, I don’t also comment on it 😉
Next. Happy Chanukah. And חנוכה שמח. Also, א פריילעכען חנוכה, though I’m not sure I’ve spelled that last one right. (That’s English, Hebrew, and Yiddish, for anyone who’s wondering.) There is nothing like Chanukah in Israel…the whole country gets in the spirit of the holiday. I’ve really wanted to take pictures and put them up here, but my camera is being silly, unfortunately. But…there are lit-up menorahs on the streetlights…it’s SO cool to walk home at night and see this every day. And all the stores have been selling jelly donuts, chocolate coins, dreidels, and other Chanukah stuff for weeks.
We’ve been lighting our menorahs at home every night, using olive oil and wicks…and after this experience, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to plain old candles! I’m really into candlelight (well, we knew I am a hopeless romantic…), and six menorahs all lit up with olive oil just really bring a sort of magic to the room. It’s amazing.
In more sobering news, we’ve had the worst drought in Israel’s history. Usually by December we’re well into the rainy season, but it’s been acting like summer over here, prompting fasting, prayer, and emergency measures to conserve water. Then that huge fire broke out over in Haifa, which freaked people out even more (yes, I’m fine, for anyone who doesn’t already know…I’m a good two hours away). And yesterday it rained all day! And it’s expected to keep raining for most of the rest of this week…thank G-d!!!!!
There’s probably more going on here, but I just wanted to throw out a quick update for anyone who’s been wondering what’s going on over here. 🙂 Hope all is well outside the Holy Land.