Desperate Irish Housewife is back from ten days in Israel!
I know, I know what you're thinking. "Gee, Desperate, you lucky girl! You went on a pilgrimage? Cool! Who'd you go with?
"+Father Mitch Pacwa of EWTN fame?"
No, not him either. Although we did see his tour bus in a parking lot.
No, Desperate and her clan went in the Holy Land for Old Testament reasons. To wit, a b'nai mitzvah. That's one bar mitzvahs and one bat mitzvah in a dual ceremony. And let me tell you, it was a blast.
A year or so ago a dear friend asked her two children (a boy and a girl eleven months apart, what is known in in Desperate's universe as "Irish twins") what they'd like for their big day. Did they want a humongous party at home? Or would they like to do the deed in Jerusalem?
They picked Jerusalem. We were invited. We all went.
The ceremony took place in a park overlooking the Old City. So while there were no country clubs or black-tied waiters, there were plenty of young Israeli troops jogging past, toting Uzis and shouting "Mazel tov!" And at least on party of tourists on Segueways joined in on a chorus of "Hava nagila." We could not have had a better time.
Our tour guide was a young Israeli, a mosaic artist who had spent her time in the Army giving tours to visiting officials. She was petite, dark, quick-witted and a walking encyclopedia about her homeland. I havent' learned so much so fast since I crammed for my Minnesota driver's license test as I stood in line to take it at the DMV.
I will be blogging more about Israel this week. But first an important prayer request. +Jennifer Fulwiler, she of +Conversion Diary fame, is pregnant and experiencing some health problems. Please pray for Jenifer and her family, and check out her reality show, +Minor Revisions, on Youtube. You'll love it. DIH did!