And now for some local horror.

I don't miss the part of living in Katamon, in Jerusalem, when a Beitar game would be on. Beitar Jerusalem fans are known for a right-wing/arse/loud/violent combination of stereotype. This, though. This is disgustingly criminal. It's been a bit buried in the papers - partly because it happened around the time of the France Jew... Continue Reading →

Yeah, this still happens.

I was driving through the entrance of Beitar today. Ahead of me was the shiny white glow of the expansive charedi town, speckled with black movement. Behind me, in my rear view mirror, I could see the remnants of the sun facing Husan, highlighted by the giant minaret cracking the sky. And I thought, what the... Continue Reading →

Tzur Hadassah transportation.

I was asked about transportation to and from Tzur Hadassah. Thought I'd share the options - though they are not as many as would be helpful: Bet Shemesh: Superbus 182. Jerusalem: Superbus 184 and Egged 180. Beitar: Illit buses; there are multiple lines that go to Jerusalem, Bet Shemesh and Bnei Brak frequently. Tremping: People... Continue Reading →

Breaking my sleep barrier.

I woke up this morning at a quarter to seven to an enormous boom right outside the bedroom window. I jerked my head up, like the deer in Bambi when the shots are fired in the forest. My first thought is, Oh shit they've bombed Beitar... My husband mumbles, "Don't worry about it," and my... Continue Reading →

My semi-Mehadrin life.

Checked the mail today. Being in a  new district, outside of Jerusalem, makes for interesting mail. Tzur Hadassah is technically a part of Matte Yehuda (מטה יהודה) but it borders Beitar, which is technically in Gush Etzion, however... yeah. So in the mail, I usually get telephone books for different districts, catalogs for different shopping... Continue Reading →

Last words for Katamonim.

Well, it's pretty much the eve of our moving from Jerusalem to Tzur Hadassah. It hit me the other night that I'm leaving the convenience and culture of living in a city; a friend of mine came over to me as we left a party to wish us a good last Shabbat in Jerusalem... And... Continue Reading →

A futuristic lizrael update.

Lots of people are talking about ringing in a new year - at work, in the news, on the party scene. I'm not much of a New Years gal, but it seems 2008 holds a bunch of new experiences for me, before it's even begun. The year starts for me with recognizing the fact that... Continue Reading →

Don't you be my neighbor.

It's a bad day for news making me happy. I guess everyday is, but today I'm paying attention. In case you thought to move to Katamonim/Gonen/San Martin, I want you to know that these are my neighbors: Beitar Jerusalem fans boo Rabin before draw with Maccabi Haifa  The story of Sunday night's game was not... Continue Reading →

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