Oldelya’s Family and Neta’s Ceremony
Oh, jet lag. We managed to drag ourselves out of bed by about 11am and headed out to visit our religious cousins on my dad’s side. Our cousin Odelya lives in a town in the occupied territories. I think Isaac was a little nervous about the checkpoint crossing. It was no big deal, though. To me, driving in Odelya’s neighborhood seemed more dangerous than the checkpoint, as they live in a religious neighborhood where there are lots of kids which could run in front of your car in the street at any moment.
Anyway, once we got there and parked, all was good. We sat with Odelya and about 5 of her 8 kids as they tried to understand their English-speaking guests and Dan and Courtney tried to understand their Hebrew-speaking hosts. Isaac started to loosen up at this point and practiced his Hebrew. I know Dan was impressed with Isaac’s skills; Isaac had been pretty quiet up to this point, Dan had no idea Isaac could speak Hebrew until now.
Then Odelya helped us go and buy a tallit for Dan for our wedding:
Our cousin Adami was also there! He stopped by Odelya’s house to see us.
We returned to Jerusalem in time for Israeli soldier’s rememberence day (Yom Hazikaron) where Neta’s group of scouts hosted a neighborhood ceremony.
And back to our Jerusalem home base (the Doryon home!)