Tuesday, February 17, 2009
welcome to jerusalem!
Some parts of Israel are pretty desolate. Obviously. The few trees/greenery you can see in the picture is what is called the Wadi Kelt. (A wadi is a dry river bed.) Scholars presume this was the route the Savior would have been talking about when He taught the parable of the Good Samaritan and the man going from Jerusalem down to Jericho (it's literally down - a good 3000 foot drop).
So on any roadside in the States you wouldn't be surprised to find random pieces of garbage, stuff that's accidentally flown out the window, old shoes, etc. I saw this black blob on the side of the road and assumed it was an old sock or something (Mom thought it was a black ballet shoe...). Upon a closer look, though ...
...it was a kipa! HA! Welcome to Jerusalem. I was tempted to grab it and keep it as a souveneir, but then I remembered I can buy them for just 5 shekels in the Old Jerusalem shops. So I left it for some poor Jew who could use an extra head covering.
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