I am on a journey, to make Aliyah, and want to share my journey with my family, friends and anyone that is interested. I made the decision to make Aliyah in December 2002 and now I am actually doing it. This blog will chronicle my story and adventures leading up to getting on the plane and then the continuing story of the beginning of my new life in Israel and what I experience once there.

Monday, July 13, 2009

1st Shabbat

My cousin Susan picked me up on Friday mid-day and I met two of her kids and another. We went to the local bagel shop for lunch and I must say it was pretty good. We then went next door for ice cream. I had pistachio and it tasted so fresh, just like pistachios, what a concept huh? We then loaded up the van and headed for the hills, not beverly, but in the Shomron. I was mistaken we didn't go to Ariel, but towards Ariel (about half-way). Susan lives in Gnot Shomron and being in the West Bank was nothing like I expected. Yes I saw a checkpoint and a guard station at the entrance to the community, but other than that it looks just like a normal place where people live. Here are a few pics and a video of where I stayed:

Up the street
Down the Street

Park across the street

Video from the porch of Susan and Tsvi's house.

Susan and Tsvi were such wonderful hosts. Susan is a wonderful cook too. She loaded me up with various meat choices over Shabbat. We had ribs, steak, deli rolls, meatballs, taco salad and many side dishes. I didn't go away hungry or bored with the food choices.

This Shabbat was most welcome and needed after my first few days of running around. After Shabbat I returned home as Sunday morning I needed to travel to Jerusalem and I didn't want to drag my bag around.

So, thank you to Susan and Tsvi for a most wonderful first Shabbat in Israel.

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