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Sunday, July 25, 2010


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Your question. Well, in Israel Friday afternoon and Saturday are the weekend, and Sunday is the beginning of the work week.
I just now took the bus(es) into Jerusalem, to the Ben-Zvi Institute and splurged on three new books (2 guides to Jerusalem and one about the Crusader period in Israel). They extended Hebrew Book Week into a whole month, so many books were only half-price!

And lots of picture-taking on the way, of course.

Bon dimanche to you.


I love your photo and your reasoning about it.

Whenever I see helmets and a church it reminds me of this great passage from Annie Dillard:

"On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of the conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies' straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake some day and take offense, or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return."

--Annie Dillard, _Teaching a Stone to Talk_, Harper & Row, 1982

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