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).

fun sign

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.

7 comments:

Danielle said...

What a crazy place to live! I should show that pic to Jacob; he loves the story of the GOod Samaritan (and always is very interested in how they took the man's clothes off).

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L. said...

Wait until Jacob sees our "very authentic" video reenactment of the good Samaritan! --Mom

janel said...

Cool pic--you'll never think of the Good Samaritan story the same again, huh? I'm missing that awesome view during Sacrament meeting.

Kimberly said...

Maybe you should have picked up the kipa as a souvenir for boys you don't like so much. ;)

Becca said...

oh i remember that sign, the one we were all going to evacuate the car to get a picture by! nice. i expect you to return to the u.s. wearing a kipa.

gigi said...

Maybe there's something wrong with me, I can't see any green/trees in that pictures. It's beautiful though