Shana Tova

Rosh Hashanah, Yad Vashem, and all-around a post about nothing.

Just forewarning, this post has a lot of irrelevance to it.  There are no pictures…because I haven’t done anything fun in the last four days.

You have been warned.

As I mentioned in a previous post, we got a week off after our final exam during which the holiday of Rosh Hashanah took place.

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year.  During the holiday, we traditionally eat apples and honey or sweet challah to symbolize a sweet new year.  (One way to greet someone on Rosh Hashanah is to say שנה טובה (Shana Tova) which literally translates to “A Good Year”.)

On the first day of the break (Tuesday) Kate and I went to Masada and the Dead Sea.  (See: There and Back Again – An Israelis Tale.)

On the second day of the break, Kate, Grace, Carolyn, and I all went to Yad Vashem.  Yad Vashem is the Jewish Holocaust Remembrance Museum.  We caught the Light Rail at about 9:25 and rode it for 40 minutes till we got to the Yad Vashem/Mount Herzl stop.  From there, we walked about 10 more minutes to find the building.

I had been there before…but my friends hadn’t.  Since admission is free and you only have to pay for the walking tour headset, I went without…but the other three got the tour and we were off.

I really don’t have much to say about it.  The place is a memorial to an atrocity that assuredly happened.  I didn’t take any pictures and…I really have nothing else to say on the matter.

Following our trip through the museum, I explained to Grace and Kate the rule about going to Holocaust museums…you have to get ice cream when you’re done!

So I enjoyed a white chocolate Nestle Crunch ice cream bar.  It was delicious.  I shall be having another one in the not-too-distant future.From there, Kate, Grace, and I headed back towards campus while Carolyn stayed a bit longer at the museum.  On the way home, we stopped at the shuk to grab apples, honey, and sweet challah.

From there, I got home and watched this weeks episode of Glee and a few episodes of NCIS until I got a call from Yoram about Rosh Hashanah dinner.  Him and Esti picked me up at 7:00 and drove me to their friends house.  That evening I was stuffed with fresh fruits, veggies, beef, chicken, cake, and more!  I have NEVER eaten as much as I did that night.  After dinner, I had a delightful discussion with two Israeli children.  There was a language barrier that we had to work our way through, but the evening was still largely successful.  We played Old Maid, Crazy 8’s, and Go Fish.  Go Fish was the most challenging because I had to remember my numbers in Hebrew without counting them on my hands.

Thursday was Epic Pancake Day.  I awoke at 11:00 and went to Grace and Kate’s apartment to partake in the joy that is chocolate chip banana pancakes.  (They were AMAZING…just in case you were wondering….)  We chilled until about 1:00 (and geeked out on Pottermore in the meantime.)  From there I came back and worked on my fanfiction a little bit.  Wrote a chapter.  Woot!  Watched a LOT more NCIS…woo hoo.

At 6:00 that night, Kate and her roommie Cara came over and we had our little 5 minute Rosh Hashanah “dinner”.  We ate the apples, honey, and challah that I had purchased at the shuk (SO SWEET) and then Cara booked it cause she’s a very popular person and had to go out and get pizza.

Kate stayed a bit longer and ended up watching Silverado with me!  YUHSSS!  She liked it!  I’m surprised.  Didn’t think I’d find anyone on this trip who would actually sit down and watch a western with me.  >_>  Then she left and I watched more NCIS.

Friday morning, I woke up in my own time and watched the first two episodes of the new FOX show New Girl.  It’s on on Tuesdays right after Glee….so that just might add a third TV show to my weekly routine.  Who knows…

After that, Martina and I had a Batman marathon.  She hadn’t seen either of the Christopher Nolan movies…so we sat and watched both of them.  🙂  Can’t go wrong with a Batman marathon in the middle of a break from school.  I like watching Christian Bale crack some skulls.  I’m violent when I’m stuck in an apartment for extended amounts of time.

(This reminds me vividly of the time during my freshman year that UTA had a snow day…so Blanca and I stayed in the dorm ALL DAY and watched six movies.  We watched movies that started with the letters BEGINS because there was a The Prestige poster on my wall that said “From Christopher Nolan, the director of Batman Begins“.  I don’t think we actually watched Batman that day (no, we watched Batman the day that people wouldn’t leave our room and we talked on Facebook chat back and forth the entire time) but we did watch SIX MOVIES IN A ROW…The Goonies was one of them. O.O  – The good ole days…xD )

I then watched more NCIS.  (Are we sensing a pattern here?)

Today, I woke up at 10:30.  I got up, ate breakfast, brushed my teeth, checked facebook and my email….and went back to sleep.  I think it’s my bodies way of saying “HEY!  If you don’t sleep some more…you’re gonna get SICKLY!”  So I listened to it.  I slept until about 12:30.  I watched two more episodes of NCIS (and damn, were they good!) and then Elisa came over.

We watched Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (which she hadn’t ever seen!).

After she left, Martina and I watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding (which she hadn’t ever seen!) while I straightened her hair.  And holy SPIMOLEY it’s long.  Like…lower back long.  Straightening it took about an hour and a half.  It was so much fuuuuun!  xD  Or maybe I’m just easily amused.

For dinner, I made chicken with garlic, onions, and mushrooms, topped with some marinara sauce.  It went well with a 2011 Shock chocolate milk from the wild hills of Israel.

I topped off the evening with talking to a bunch of awesome people on Skype and, once again, watching more NCIS.

If you’ve made it through this entire post without giving up, I applaud you valiant efforts and apologize that there is nothing substantial in the entire thing…

Tomorrow, I will reward you with a walking tour of campus, for tomorrow….school begins!

Mind you, I only have class on Monday and Wednesday…

So prepare yourself mentally for lots and lots of pictures!

Until then,

Author: alisonlcohn

Graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Communications Advertising. Traveled a bit. Taught for two years. Administered aptitude tests for a while. Worked as a Training Associate for Guardian Mortgage and a Quiz Master for Geeks Who Drink. Obtained my Master's in Film, Television and Screen Media in London, England. Now working as a small-group travel coordinator. Nice to meet you!

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