Yom Kippur, Hashing and Sushi

Trip Start May 11, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, October 6, 2006

After checking out the Sea of Galilee, we high tailed it back to Tel Aviv so that we could do a Hash. For those of you that don't know what a hash is...it's a running club with a drinking problem. Google Hash House Harriers if want more info. This was my first family hash which translates to kids can run and there is less heavy drinking and less crude jokes. I thought it was going to suck but it turned out to be a really good time. Most all the Expats work for the Embassies in Tel Aviv and they were all super nice. We ran around downtown Tel Aviv which was cool since it was the Sabbath and there were barley any cars on the road. The next day we ended up going to one of the guy houses we hashed with that works for the US embassy... Man do they provide him with a spread. In typical hash fashion we had beers by the pool while we shot the shit and learned about Israel from an Ambassadors point of view.

The next day we returned our rental car and 3 minutes before we got there we got creamed from behind by a guy who said his brakes went out. His car was fucked but our little car just had a little damage. We had taken out the big insurance packet and once the rental car agency saw that we had it they did not even care whose fault it was.... weird...we just showed up they asked us a couple questions about the crash and we left 3 minuets later. Check out the pictures
Yom Kippur is this huge Jewish holiday in which the entire country shuts down. Nothing and I mean nothing is open and no one is allowed to drive. To make our experience complete Jon took us to Synagogue the night before so we could check out an authentic Yom Kippur experience. Basically they sing all these prayers that last for hours and hours.... it was interesting at first but then it got so boring that we had to leave...but I'm glad we got to see it. From sundown to sundown most Jewish people fast and stay very somber to think about their sins... But for the less religious they take the opportunity to ride their bikes on the empty city street and freeways. Jon and Ophry spent an entire day rounding up bikes for us and then fixing them so that on Yom Kippur we could experience what every little Israeli kid does. It was awesome we rode all around Tel Aviv, downtown, on the freeway, anywhere we wanted. There really were no cars (except for police, ambulance and the odd driver) but on this day, bikes, roller blades and skate boards rule the streets. We even played Frisbee in the middle of the freeway.
It was a totally unique experience.
We finished up the night of Yom Kippur with a Sushi Party at Jon house with a bunch of their friends and played Israeli UNO which is pronounced Karferkalong.... UNO is so much easier to say!
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