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It's Passover. The Jewish holiday celebrating God's liberation of the jews from slavery in Egypt. To commemorate this occasion we are forbidden to consume bread (or pasta, anything made from dough really). It is also forbidden to come in contact with it or have it in the house. Other traditions include getting drunk, stuffed with food and teaching children about blackmail.

Err, sorry about that. I know I should be more tolerant about religion (especially as it's only a harmless holiday), but we have a bit of a problem with religious customs being forced on the (majority) secular population. No public transport on Saturdays, Rabbinate monopoly on marriages ext. Now they want to ban all forbidden products from being sold anywhere during the holiday, because of a court decision that states it's ok as long they are not displayed in public. Can't have that. Why can't people be content with living the way they see fit and insist on forcing everyone into the same lifestyle? How do they do it if they are a minority? Politics!

So anyway, I plan on celebrating with beer! I am also studying for my mechanics exam, which is my last for this semester. It is also the hardest one. My brain wants to cower in a corner. I have also been watching 'Life on Mars'. And Doctor Who series 21. And series 8. Also the current series and Battlestar Galactica. I multitask. The brain cries in pain and torment.

Back to Passover, it is also supposed to be a celebration of Spring and freedom (which doesn't agree with what's actually happening *grumble*). Freedom I like. So happy holiday to everyone, may you be free to do as you wish, have a beautiful Spring and an even better Summer and may the weather have mercy on us all.


Dec. 24th, 2006 11:33 pm
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Happy Christmas to all who celebrate it!

And all those who don't... just general happiness, then.
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My mom has been sick for the past week. First it was pneumonia and now it's back pain. I'm worried about her of course, and I'm doing what I can to help, but she's driving me insane! She's here all the time. I'm attempting the course thing again (started last week), so I need to do alot of studying and she keeps distracting me to ask to eat something or to tell me about what she's just seen on TV. Grrr!

Meanwhile, it's holiday season. I used to love it when I was little (back then we still lived in the USSR and Christmas wasn't celebrated, as totalitarian regimes and religious holidays are non-mixy things, so Christmas sort of merged with New Year to form one big holiday). I still do, but it's not the same when no one else around really does and the damn weather won't go below 20 fucking degrees! *ahem* Sorry about that.
I have got a tree. At least it gives the home a nice atmosphere. But it's too early for that. First there's Hanukkah. I've never taken to religious and local holidays as much as those I knew as a kid, but I like this one. There's candles (I can't help it, no matter how much I try to squash my pyro tendencies I just LOVE fire! Mmm, fire, pretty...) and lots of yummy fattening foods.
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Well, that was nice. Sauna, jacuzi, sea water baths mmmm...
We went trough Jerusalem again. I've been there more times in the last week than I have been in the past three years. Apperantly if you enter Jerusalem on a holiday you are cleansed of all your sins, god blesses you and you become pure. As I have been to Jerusalem three times on this one holiday I am now too holy for words.


Oct. 9th, 2006 07:04 pm
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Whatever the hell possessed me to go to Jerusalem on Sukkot, I will never know. The city was packed. About 65 thousand at the Wailing Wall alone! I hate crowds. Gave me a mostrous headache. The trip on Saterday was the polar opposite - I've never seen the city so empty. It was fantastic. Anyway:

pictures )

Tomorrow we're off to a recreation and SPA day on the Dead Sea. So hopefully I'll get some rest. I shall bring back pretty desert pictures.
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So, on the day of repentance we are supposed to repent our sins, such as they are. See, jews are practical enough to only do that once a year. Supposedly when the Shofar (a sort of traditional horn thingie) is blown on the eve of Rosh Hshana the sky is opened so people's prayers go straight to god, and remain open until Yom Kipur, 10 days later. It's a fast day.

I quite like the tradition to ask for forgiveness during those days. Not from god, from people. For all you may have done during the year that hurt them. It's nice. So if I had done or said anything that hurt any of you I am most sincerely sorry. Other traditions of the day for the non-religious are video marathons (as there's nothing on TV) and most of all riding bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades ext. On this day there is no traffic, and I mean NO traffic. So the roads are completely free. It's fun.


Sep. 21st, 2006 02:50 pm
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Over here in Israel it's the start of the holiday season. Three holidays in less then a month. It's a bit like a natural disaster sweeping the land actually. But whatever the reason a little celebration is good. So despite of me not being very religious (well, I'm an atheist, I'm not at all religious, but what the hell) I shall be celebrating. First up is the jewish new year:

Rosh Hashana (which means literally that - head of the year)
So, this being the new year, we have customs that symbolize a new fresh start and hope for good things in the year to come. This being the jewish new year they are mostly to do with food. There actually is a saying that goes "the better part of prayer is eating". Nice one.
The eve of Rosh Hashana is tomorrow, and the holiday itself last for too days (all trough the DJ weekend.... not that it matters to me in any way). And on this holiday we eat....Sweet things!
It is customary to eat apples dabbed in honey, so that the coming year will be good and sweet. Also pomegranates are a traditional holiday food - so that our rights and virtues will be as plentiful as the pomegranate's seeds (what the hell, I like pomegranates). Traditionally you avoid sour foods (you can take a guess at why on your own if you like).
Those are some of the symbolic foods, of course the holiday meal would be packed with all kinds of other goodies to satisfy our more earthly appetites (the importance on eating cannot be stressed enough!). Of course there's always drink (wait till I get to the holiday when you're supposed to get blitz drunk), traditionally red wine. And now for something yummy:

honey cake )

So, happy new year to everyone!


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