Monday, February 18, 2008

A little something about the weekend

It's cold and rainy and dreary and I have not woken up all day long! (It's 7:20 p.m. by the way.)
Even so, here is a little something about our weekend.
Friday afternoon we went to Kefar Yona. Our friends Rami and Gabbie Danieli live there and invited us for Shabbat dinner. So Brent and I caught a bus from Tel Aviv to Netanya (about 45 minutes by bus). Rami picked us up, and then another friend of theirs. We spent the late afternoon catching up. Then around 6:30 dinner began.
Rami did kidush which is the blessing over the bread (challah) and the fruit of the vine. This tradition is kept in Jewish homes all over the world and is a very special thing to be a part of. Rami then read Proverbs 31 with his arm around Gabbie and prayed over her and their children. It was really sweet.
Then we ate an amazing meal that one of their three daughters had prepared. Dinner was followed by more catching up, drinking coffee and eating a wonderful pie, doing puzzles with their nine year old son Micha-el, and trying to keep up with the Hebrew being spoken in the house. I understood most of what was said! Yea! We spent the night with them then went to congregation with them in Tel Aviv. After a great service in which we heard about a trip they had taken to West Africa and a time of fellowship, Rami drove us home.
It was a nice get away from Tel Aviv and fun to be with other like-minded friends!
(FYI - their children are blessed to already speak THREE languages!!! Rami is Isaeli born so there's the Hebrew. Gabbie is originally from Switzerland and so there's the Swiss German. They both speak English and they all lived in the States for three years so there's English. What blessed kids, to already speak so many languages!)


terriH said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend and I'm so thankful you have made some great friends there that you can have good quality time with. Miss you!

Summer said...

Man, three languages! That's awesome.

Anonymous said...

Rami is so great! So fun that you got to spend time with them. Love to you. Can't wait to see you!

Kim Heinecke said...

I am really enjoying your account of life in Israel, Tonya!!

Natalie Witcher said...

come home, you only have to speak one language here. :)

amber said...

Tacos and a burrito were sent to you with love this morning...

Helena Sorenson said...

I do not know if my message came across but FYI...Kiddush is the blessing over the wine and the Hamotzi is over the bread..One would never say the kiddush for both wine and bread.

Thank you
Helena Sorenson