Yesterday, March 21, after a 23-hr trip and 2 red-eye flights, I picked up my rental car at 9 a.m. and managed to visit with my cousin Mimi in Nof Ayalon and bring her a few things from Seattle. Mimi was making Hamentashen--or, as they are called in Israel, Oznei Haman--Haman's ears. She made some with the traditionally white dough but used brownie dough for the filling with sprinkles on top. Then she made them upside-down with chocolate dough and butterscotch filling inside.
I saw this beautiful flower in Havazelet's garden. Does anyone know what it is called. It is a bit more yellow-orange than it appears in the photo.
My Israeli cell phone did not work, and when we went to the Pelefon store, we found out that there was a fire at one of its centers and cut off cell usage to its customers. They hoped the system would be working well in a few hours. It was nice to drive around Modi'in and visit with Havazelet and Nava. Nava and I also got ten packages of Chocolate with pop rocks inside for gifts in the states.
I got to Amalia's at 6 and she arrived home an hour later. It took me a while to get back as I was stuck in traffic on the two-lane road from Kiryat Malachi to near the train station at the entrance to Ashkelon. Along the way, I saw that work is being done to double to width of the road.
We had a nice dinner, chatted, and then she went to work baking for Mishloach Manot....food gifts for Purim. I had an allergy attack and headed to bed and I managed to sleep fairly well with the aid of Melatonin.
Today I visited with Adina Bar-el, a well known Israeli children's book author and an expert on children's Yiddish books. I brought her three books in Yiddish including a children's book originally written in 1922 but reissued with translation into English too. We had tea and then headed out to do some errands. She picked up shoes in the old part of Ashkelon that were in from repair, and just down the block was the weekly shuk (market) that started in Ramle that travels around the middle of the country during the week, selling things at very low prices. Part is outside and part in inside, possibly in a garage. It is right next ot the Lev Ashkelon mall.
|The first Purim of many princesses that I saw|
|Mishloach Manot for Purim|
|Entering the covered area....lots of venders|
|Two more princesses|
I had a lovely visit with Dalia Burgana (and Shimi) at Cafe Joe, just outside of Kiryat Malachi.
The radio is filled with ads of special prices for Purim, and the super markets are full of customers, buying food and all kinds of things to use in mishloach manot packages. I went to the supermarket after seeing Dalia. The guard at the door of the supermarket who checks the receipts told me it was a waste of time for me to just buy a few things when others buy so much today. Israelis are definitely direct! (I bought out the Elite chocolate with Pop Rocks inside so now have 16, and 5 containers of Osem Pareve chicken soup without MSG for 10 shekels each. I also got some really cute coloring books for Pesach.
I came back to Nitzan to rest and watched Maital, Amalia's daughter, making small cheese cakes for the mishloach manot that they will give out tomorrow.
I just read that there are costume hazards in Israel too. A5-year-old boy dressed up as a tzedakkah box swallowed 2 coins from the costume began choking in class and was rushed to the hospital and underwent surgery, and now is doing a lot better!
We leave at 6 to hear the megillah read. I brought earplugs!!!
Here are Amalia and Jonatan, the tailor, the seven-year-old neighbor.
Two days later: I didn't need the earplugs! It wasn't that loud afterall!!
Two men split the job of reading the megillah. The first was with a Yemenite trop and the second Ashkenazi. People were very quiet during the reading (except when Haman's name was mentioned) and if someone started talking around me, they were shushed up. There were some very cute and very well made costumes--a lot of princesses of course, a Cohen Gadol ( with כוהן גדול written on his head covering) and a Moshe with the ten commandments hanging in front of him. They passed by too quickly for me to take a picture. Ada, one of the artists that came to Seattle from the Partnership, also was at the reading and warmly greeted me.
|I loved Maital's costumer too--and her puppy|
|And a local cowboy with cap gun|
Afterwards there were adloyada parties for all ages, but especially the young,
The next morning, Maital and Amalia went to another reading at 7:30. I passed. When they came back, they finished with the last of the mishloach manot--making over 20 baskets.
|Maital put the finishing touches on lemon merengue pie|
|Two packages they received. Lemons are in season and these are huge!|
|Boys delivering mishlaoch manot|
|bringing mishloach manot|
|Lewin family getting lots of mishloach manot|
|poppy (pereg)--not calanit (anemone)|
|Pretty color of nasturtium|
|A kind of geranium|
|Driving down a rutted road in the moshav toward the forest|
|Walking in the forest|
|First signs of rakafot (cyclamen)|
|Rakafot together with the last calaniot|
|Pretty tiny blue flowers|
|Pretty flower (barkan) with thorns around it|