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Friday, January 07, 2005

Photo Friday (Vol. X)

Can you believe it... this is the 10th installment of Photo Friday!  I still have a few more requests from that original batch, but my backlog is definitely dwindling.  As I mentioned last week, I am going to be e-mailing a few of you who requested similar things to ask you to provide a replacement photo request.

Also, I will be traveling around the country again this week, so if anyone has been contemplating making a request for their own set of Friday Photos (3 to a customer), this would probably be a good time to do so.

Without further ado, today's collection of images is the direct result of a request from Gail, the lady who runs the ferryboat over at Crossing the Rubicon2 (yes, she also wrote the now-defunct original Crossing the Rubicon).  If you aren't familiar with her blog, you probably aren't as well informed about the world as you thought you were.  Just go there and see what I mean.

Gail's Requests:

1. Your favorite restaurant.

2. Your synagogue.

3. Any type of animal that could not be found in the US.(Hoping for a camel...but will accept something else if more convenient)

First up... my favorite restaurant.  Yeah right, like I could possibly make that call.  Israel is a country of 'foodies'.  Not the snobby sort that relies on food critics to tell him/her where to eat, but rather what my friend Jim Leff would call 'Chowhounds'... people who know the best place to get any and every type of food under the sun (and they will argue for hours as to where exactly is the best place for whatever is being discussed).

This is the little 'jook joint' I discussed last year, called Gavne.  It is in the middle of nowhere... perched on the side of a mountain and only accessible by driving down a dirt road that winds through a forest.  Wonderful food... rustic ambiance... and a well stocked bar.  What more could you want?   I actually had to go up a neighboring mountain in order to get this shot:

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Next up is our synagogue, Tiferet Avot.  It is a beautiful building, albeit with a less than optimal interior design.  By less than optimal I mean that the women's section was not well thought out... but that is a discussion for another day.

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Last but not least is the obligatory animal picture.  Truth be told, I couldn't think of any animals that  couldn't be found in the US, so I settled for a common sight along my commute:  A shepherd with his flock.  This is especially apropos since whenever people ask me what I do, and I'm not interested in going into the details and nuances of the position, I simply tell them I'm a shepherd.  So far nobody has called me on it.

Shepherd

That's all we have time for today.  As always, I welcome new requests and any feedback you may wish to offer on the things you see and read here at treppenwitz.

Shabbat Shalom

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A thing I have learned many years ago: the Arab equivalent to our Western "Heidi and Peter" would be "Fatma wa Ahmad". Err...- Shabbat Shalom ;)

Posted by: mademoiselle a. | Jan 7, 2005 2:40:10 PM

Could the term you are looking for be 'soul food'? That's probably my favorite thing about living in the South. Mama Dips' fried chicken with gravy. Yams. Biscuits. Okra. Can you tell I'm pregnant with twins? Feed me!

Posted by: Alice | Jan 7, 2005 4:04:06 PM

I waited patiently, and it was worth it. Thank you for sharing your pictures. I have looked forward to seeing them each Friday. They are a window into a place I am very much longing to see, and you have the knack of highlighting all the most wonderful aspects. Thanks again, David.

Posted by: Gail | Jan 7, 2005 4:20:39 PM

David,

Love the shot of the shul. I look around and swear that I always feel like they are pictures of home.

Posted by: Jack | Jan 7, 2005 5:04:33 PM

phantastic. photos. phabulous.
phairly. phatigued.
phinding. phloor.

[forehead hits desk, snoring, drooling, left index finger rests on keyboarrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Jan 7, 2005 7:27:54 PM

I'm just writing to apologize for my husband. It must be the stress of remaining calm, cool and collected throughout the day with his patients. I guess he's just blowing off (goofy) steam. Sorry, we'll try to keep him more entertained around here so he stops bothering you guys.

Posted by: Ball-and-chain | Jan 7, 2005 10:01:15 PM

Mademoiselle a. ... Very cute. :-)

Alice... Yup, soul food sums it up pretty nicely. This place serves up wonderful soul/comfort food an a setting that could not be more intimate.

Gail... I'm sorry it took so long. Your animal request had me stumped, but I finally decided that since I pass so many flocks on my commute, and that is such an uncommon sight in the US, it would be a nice substitute.

Jack... That's because they are! :-)

Doctor Bean... Aren't there strict rules about self medicating?

Ball and Chain... No bother at all. I kinda like not being able to predict what he'll bring to the table. :-)

Posted by: David | Jan 8, 2005 11:36:58 PM

Hi there David!

2 out of 3 were requests I had considered myself. Your photo Fridays are such a good idea! I very much hope I get a chance to see you and your family. But be warned, I will be bringing my camera!

Posted by: Hatshepsut in Israel | Jan 9, 2005 6:02:16 PM

Hatshepsut... Looking forward to hearing from you.

Posted by: David | Jan 9, 2005 10:39:43 PM

I like your photo friday..thank you

Posted by: frumyid | Jan 10, 2005 7:25:12 PM

Frumyid... Why thank you! Feel free to request your own photographic trifecta!

Posted by: David | Jan 10, 2005 10:45:13 PM

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