...I have to go, as my parents are coming to pick me up to go out to dinner at a kosher for pesach restaurant. Quickly: I'm officially a Pilgrim, having davened at the foot of the Temple Mount (the Western Wall) on a Pilgrimage Festival. I led Musaf and Tal (!) services at the Western Wall in a pick-up minyan, also leading the Birkat Kohanim (though it is said everyday in Israel, and twice on days when you have musaf or fast-days and four times on Yom Kippur, this is the service that they say it world-wide) for the first time in my life. That was aweseme.
More to come...
Good Yontif, though most of you won't be reading this for 2 1/2 days. Wow, Instant Messenger will be so boring tonight and tomorrow...
I'm also going to check out the Good Friday stations on the Via Dolorosa in the Old City tomorrow, just because it's interesting.
UPDATE I wrote from the hotel room that night:
I went to the wall at a little before on the first day of Pesach. I woke up at and fell back asleep, waking up again at . I left at , arriving at the
Seder was fun, we did everything. Every single word was read, sometimes to my chagrin when things were read rather than sung. Oh well. I like the one seder thing. Once you get out of
Remember to count the Omer! I have not missed a day since 7th grade so I tend to be called upon to fulfill the mitzvah as most others forget.
I had dinner on Emek Refaim at Joy Express with the parentals. They have fake bread and sweet potato fries. I got entrecote steak. It’s amazing what they can do on pesach. I have rye matzah and want to find matzah from the other grains that are not wheat: spelt, barley, and oat, all equally valid as hamotzi on lechem oni
Have a Good Friday! (Heh heh…)