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Week’s end absurdities – 2/11

Week’s end absurdities – 2/11

I’ve decided that on every weekend 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.

-Sunday: My monthly visit to Misrad HaKlita to remind the government that I actually am, in fact, in this country was surprisingly only two minutes long, about 96 percent shorter than the bus ride to get there.

-Monday: Ravid and I decided to take a trip to the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo in the rain, which was certainly fun despite the wetness. The absurd part – the idiot hippopotamus, who of course was the animal I wanted to see the most, decided that he needed to keep himself submerged through the entire duration of our visit.

-Tuesday: I saw the same disheveled and possibly homeless middle-aged man from exactly a week ago walk into Aroma in Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station, carrying around a portable cage with a black mouse inside. This time, however, he was not trying to smoke a pen.

-Friday: Shabbat dinner at Beit Jewlicious was as entertainingly absurd – and a ton of fun – as my last time there. I must return more often. Meanwhile, I arrived home to my apartment at 1 a.m. that evening to find tomatoes in my shower.

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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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