Jerusalem Day 3

Trip Start Apr 06, 2009
Trip End May 11, 2009

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Day 18
Jerusalem, Israel

Day 3 in J'lem we are going to the ultra, ultra- orthodox neighborhood, Me'a She'arim, today. The Me'a She'arim is a district of Jews who live as if the were still in the medieval times. For instance, there have been reports of stoning cars in the Me'a She'arim neighborhood, on Shabbat, because you are not suppose to drive on the Sabbath. Some sects are so extreme that they either deny the holocaust or they say Jews deserved it. Also there are some sects in Jerusalem that think Israel should not exist yet. Mom and I had to wear long skirts,see photo, long sleeved shirts and my mom had to cover her hair. There are signs posted everywhere that say if you don't abide by their observances "you will severely offend us." The people in this place were a lot like the people in The Giver (if you have read it). Everyone there is the same they can't be different. One of my questions is why don't half of the children in this particular Orthodox community leave? Because they are not aloud to see what is out side of their community; the music, life, food, people and culture. Most of the kids probably have only been a few blocks from their neighborhood. Think about that! After that we went to a market, which already has an entry (see entry Shopping for Shabbat). Around 5:00pm we went to Shabbat at the Kol HaNeshama synagogue. The service was interesting. I could not sing any of the songs because they were different from the songs we sing in our community. After, we went to some friend of a friends house. Their names were Shelly and Wendy, they also invited there friends Cheryl and Jeff. They had 3 kids Gabbi age 12, Yoni age 7, Shy age 10. We talked with them and had a great dinner, now we go to beddy bye night!

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