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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Finally… something in common!

I've written in the past about a new supermarket which opened in our area called Rami Levi.  
 
Besides being an excellent store with a huge selection and attractive pricing, this Rami Levi store is located in an area accessible to both Jews and Arabs... and so at any hour of the day or evening you are likely to find settlers and Palestinians (in their respective attire/costumes), wandering the aisles, bumping into each other, and even helping one another reach things on high shelves.
 
Even the store's employees and management are a mix of these two, normally incompatible populations.
 
Yesterday, on my way home from work, Zahava asked me to stop off at the store to pick up a few things for our break fast meal at the end of Tisha B'Av.
 
I wasn't happy about shopping for food while fasting.  After all, we all know that the cardinal sin of shopping is to go into a grocery store while hungry.  But being a good husband, I told her to email me the list (I had my iPad with me) and I'd pick up whatever we needed.
 
As I made the rounds of the crowded grocery store, I noticed that I wasn't the only one with a sour expression on my face.  All of the other shoppers - Jews and Arabs alike – seemed to be scowling and acting impatient.
 
Then it hit me. Not only was it Tisha B'Av... but it is also Ramadan (the month when Muslims fast during the day).  
 
I have to admit, it felt sort of nice to finally have something in common... if only for a day.

Posted by David Bogner on August 10, 2011 | Permalink

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:)

Posted by: SaraK | Aug 10, 2011 2:28:53 PM

Ok, that was too funny! BTW, Jews and Arabs shop together at the Rami Levy stores in Talpiot, too.

Posted by: ilana | Aug 10, 2011 10:49:23 PM

In a better world, we'd all focus on the things we have in common, rather than the things that differentiate us. Popeye's Wife, says I: Olive Eye.

Posted by: Elisson | Aug 11, 2011 5:55:32 PM

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