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Week’s end absurdities – 1/21

Week’s end absurdities – 1/21

I’ve decided that on every Friday morning from now on I will publish a brief list of some of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen, heard or smelled over the past week. Things that don’t warrant an entire post but encapsulate the eccentric world that is Israeli society.

-Monday: an Israeli girl was sporting full-on dreadlocks on the morning bus ride. What’s worse – this, or the ‘Crocs and socks‘ phenomenon? Come on, you’re an Ashkenazi Jewish girl…

-Tuesday: There was so much traffic in the rerouted bus paths along Agrippas Street that our bus driver decided to hop out, purchase some breakfast and share his bounty with a bus driver cruising along from the other direction.

-Wednesday: Apparently, Nefesh B’Nefesh has some arrangement with some local currency exchange guy next to the Shufer Sol grocery store on Kanfei Nesharim who provides NBN check holders with a slightly better exchange rate than he does for other people. But hey, it was great to finally pick up the grant I was awarded in the summer – now I just need to save and not use it, as planned.

-Friday: it’s just plain entertaining to be in a Jerusalem supermarket about 15 minutes before it closes for Shabbat, witnessing the last minute scuttling back and forth from aisle to checkout line, to get that "one last thing" that might be crucial over the next two days. Shabbat Shalom!

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This entry is cross-posted on Sharon’s original "Sacred and Insane" blog. You can reach Sharon at, or follow her on Twitter.

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