One Sabbath "law" is that you can't drive, because to start the car causes a spark, which is reminiscent of building fire, which is reminiscent of work. To avoid all this reminiscensing, the observant Jew must abandon the convenience of the car and walk, if you must travel at all.
Okay, you can only laugh at that "law" after identifying at least 3 ridiculous "rules" in your own life. If you're like me, that won't take long; human nature comes up with some cahrazy stuff. Laugh away!
Because of the "no driving on Shabbat" thing, the normal congestion of city traffic along these ancient roadways suddenly disappears and religious Jews are spotted in mass walking to and from synagogue, the Western Wall, etc. The number of "religious" Jews isn't as overwhelming as you'd think, but the Sabbath can bring out the holy in a surprising number. Who isn't up for a weekend rest? The majority of restaurants and shopping centers close for this one day "week-end," so even if you aren't keen on observing the Sabbath - there isn't much reason to get out.
On our way home the sun was setting so we decided to stop in at the Old City and Western Wall, always a sight on Shabbat. Ultra-orthodox Jews and many others flood the area in a sea of formal hats and prayer shawls. The shofar (ram's horn) sounds at sunset signaling the beginning of Shabbat, the 7th day.
I like hearing the sound of the shofar. Geoff has one. I tried blowing it once and produced a sound like a lamb being led to the slaughter. Blown properly its true sound is much more beautiful, I assure you. I'm a Jr. High band drop out for a reason, thank you very much.
Well, I did make third chair.
Out of all three of us.
We had a great week. The last group left Tuesday night and it was sad to see them go. We really enjoyed our brief time with them and were so impressed with their hearts and love for each other, G-D, and all they encountered. Meeting such wonderful people on a regular basis is a serious perk. Next group arrives Sunday!
It's been a good week. I'm thankful for the cultural surroundings that make it easier to stop for a day to slow down, re-focus, thank G-D for a Good week, and prepare for the next.
Shabbat Shalom, y'all! May the L-RD bless you this week-end with the fullness of rest - RESTORATION.