Birthday Sabbath – February 15

Rain.  Clouds.  Rain.  A very cloudy and rainy day at the Kinneret.  

My husband is celebrating his birthday today, a Shabbat in Israel.  I made a breakfast of challah French toast and we’re just going to relax after ten days of non-stop activity.

We just received a message that Rawan’s sister, who was due in two weeks, had a baby girl!  Congratulations!

With Eliana with us, we are going to do a little touring and we won’t get lost.  We decided to go to the tayelet to do some shopping, but the little shuks markets were closed due to rain.  We did however go to The Galilee Experience and bought all the souvenirs on our list.  The manager asked “Why don’t all people come in and buy like this?”  He was very happy that we were there.

For my husband’s birthday dinner, Eliana took us to CaféCafé.  We had eaten at one in Jerusalem and weren’t very impressed, but Eliana had been a manager at this restaurant before moving to Haifa.  She knew all the good choices on the menu and ordered for us as she did when we were with her in Haifa.  I had shakshuka again and my husband had a chicken sandwich he was was ta’im delicious.  Eliana surprised my husband with two desserts for all of us to share.  One was a decadent chocolate cake and the other waffles with ice cream.  They brought the waffles out with a sparkler on top!

Though it has been difficult to communicate with the outside world because our apartment has no internet (and won’t we have now learned), I believe my husband had a memorable rainy day, sparkler, and Skype conversation with our children while in the restaurant using their WiFi.

As we were returning to our apartment, Eliana received a phone call that her sisters were visiting her mom.  So, we trekked back to Poriya and met her two sisters, Shayna and Debra.   It was fun putting real people to the photographs on Facebook.

A final Yom Hoolidat Sameach to my husband.  According to Eliana, the correct birthday greeting for an adult is something like, “May you live to be 120 years!”

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