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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Putting the chol* in chol hamoed

Hard to imagine my former life of two day Yom Tov. While many of my friends abroad were having their second day of holiday and all the restrictions that accompany it, Zahava and I moved the family into a bungalow less than 20 steps from the beach on the sparkling blue Mediterranean.

On the way up the electronic highway signs alternated between traffic updates and the words 'Moadim L'Simcha!'.

Once we arrived we did a quick shopping run to the local supermarket where we bought all kosher food without having to take a microscope to a label, and the Yemenite butcher and Arab checkout girl both wished us 'Chag Samech'.

Several families we are friendly with took neighboring bungalows and we built a shared sukkah fulfilling the requirements of the week-long festival. Several of the secular residents of other bungalows and nearby tents asked to be able to come in and eat their food in the sukkah, and nobody asked what the meaning of our 'hut' is or why we're carrying around branches and fruit.

Last night we had a big BBQ by the beach followed by a kumzitz (singalong) thanks to Gilad and a friend of ours who both brought along guitars.

This morning while we said the morning prayers outside by the beach, a passing secular family smiled and waved on their way out to enjoy the water. And on the way back, the father stopped me to ask if he could borrow my Lulav and Etrog to make a quick blessing.

Even they guy selling ice cream from a cooler on the beach wishes everyone a happy holiday!

Remind me again why it took us so long to move here?


* a play on the word chol, which can mean sand or a weekday, depending on how it's used.


Posted by David Bogner on October 4, 2012 | Permalink


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indeed, these chagim were never meant to have half chol, half yomtov. thank The Lord we live in the land of the one day yomtov.

Posted by: Tonny | Oct 3, 2012 6:00:41 PM

what i love so much about this is... my wife says the same thing to me about our recent move.
its just wonderful to love where you live.

Posted by: weese | Oct 3, 2012 6:33:23 PM

Um... your family in the states, perhaps????!?!!! :)

Posted by: Val | Oct 3, 2012 6:53:23 PM

Sounds very nice. Now you'll excuse me while I try to do ten days of work in six days over this week and next. Sigh.

Posted by: Drew | Oct 3, 2012 7:41:27 PM

This makes me wanna fly right back!

Posted by: Elisson | Oct 3, 2012 10:24:08 PM

y'know.... sometimes you just don't play fair! Moadim lesimcha!

Posted by: shmiel | Oct 4, 2012 8:09:47 PM

Awesome post! I keep saying the same thing. Well, thankfully I'm here now.

Posted by: SaraK | Oct 8, 2012 10:56:56 PM

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