This morning I enjoyed some time at the Biblical zoo in Jerusalem.  It is one of the most beautiful zoos that I have been to for some time.  As we were making our way the kids were ready for a snack and lunch.  We stopped at the little sandwich stand and had some tuna and egg salad and ice pops.  Beth turned to me and said, “Isn’t amazing to be able to just stop off and grad food!”

Whenever we are on vacation food always becomes a central focus of what we are doing.  When we go places other than Israel we end up carrying: tuna, peanut butter, bread, granola bars, chips, nuts and anything else that we can stuff into a single bag.  One of the more relaxing aspects of Yerushalyim is that we simply don’t have to think about those issues.

Last night we went out with my brother for his wife’s birthday.  We enjoyed a delicious meal in a quaint little town called ein karem.  The sunset was awesome, the food was great and the company was delightful.

As we have entered into the period of The Three Weeks, it is special to be here.  Preparing for Tisha b’Av is very different when we see the Kotel and the Mosque every other day.  Let’s hope that this Tisha b’Av should be a day of joy and that all of you are able to join us here in Israel!

Shabbat Shalom

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