Friday, July 27, 2007

Furry Fundraiser

Lady wants a bellyrub

Remember my old friend the Lady in Red, who used to live in the park nearby? As you may remember, last winter she became seriously ill. Turns out that the person who took her in ran up a lot of expenses with her vet care.

When they took her in, I promised to help with the vet expenses... which proved to be much more than anyone expected. Three oral surgeries, a bout with diabetes... the bills ran up. And up. And up.

Lady recovered from diabetes several weeks ago. She is healthy now and the worst appears to be behind us. But the vet bills have left quite a hole in the bank account, and now I could use some help.

(UPDATE: PayPal is now an option, thanks to some very kind friends. The button is at the top of the right-hand sidebar.)

Any amount is welcome. If you would like to help—and if you can—please click the donation button at the top of the right-hand sidebar or get in touch with me at rahel dot jaskow at gmail dot com.

P.S. Thank you, Laurence. Thank you, Meryl. And thank you to the people who have already offered their help. Much, much appreciated.

P.P.S. The Friday Ark. The Carnival of the Cats.

I’ve Been Down That Road Before

... specifically, with this taxi driver.

As Jerusalem’s only female Muslim taxi driver, Mrs Bahr, wearing a white headscarf, cuts a distinctive figure in the city's taxi-driving community.
“People always think I’m Jewish at first,” says Mrs Bahr, who speaks conversational Hebrew.
“But then I tell them that I’m Muslim and they are even more surprised. They say it’s brilliant, it’s fantastic.”

I agree. I was in Majda al-Bahr’s cab a while back, and I even blogged about it. Yup, it’s a small world indeed!

And about the Islamic fundamentalist types who don’t like the fact that Ms. al-Bahr drives a cab for a living: wouldn’t they feel secure knowing that there’s a woman taxi driver out there for the women and girls of their community? At least they know she will never make a pass at them, and with her there will be no testosterone-induced rage at the wheel. What’s not to like?

The BBC article says that she sits on the board of a local transport union, too. Way to go, Ms. al-Bahr. Way to go.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Nice Shirt!

So I’m on the bus headed home yesterday afternoon, and I saw that the man sitting in front of me was wearing a great t-shirt. I asked him whether I could photograph it, and he said yes.

One terrific t-shirt

Well, you can’t argue with the truth. Nations and empires that mess with the Jews end up gone. This t-shirt lists most if not all of them.

Take that, antisemites of the world.

(Turns out that the Moriah Bookstore in the Old City carries these t-shirts. There may be other places to get them but that was where the man on the bus got his.)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Jerusalem War Cemetery on Mt. Scopus

Yesterday I headed to Hadassah Hospital on Mt. Scopus for an annual routine test. On the way out, I decided to take a closer look at the nearby Jerusalem War Cemetery.

Jerusalem War Cemetery on Mt. Scopus

Although the graves in the cemetery are approximately ninety years old, the cemetery is in excellent condition. I saw a team of gardeners employed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission working there, one of whom helpfully directed me to the Jewish section (located on the far left, second section as one ascends from the street).

Jewish section, Jerusalem War Cemetery on Mt. Scopus

The grave next to the Jewish one is that of an unknown soldier. The inscription reads: “A soldier of the Great War, known unto God.” I would have taken more pictures, but as the above photo shows, the sprinklers were on at the time, so I couldn’t get much closer.

Farther up, near the memorial chapel, is a memorial wall inscribed with the names of more than three thousand soldiers who fell in the Middle East whose burial places are unknown.

Jerusalem War Cemetery: Memorial Wall

The cemetery also contains the graves of several Turkish and German soldiers, who presumably died as prisoners of war.

Besides the war cemeteries in Jerusalem (including the Indian Cemetery in Jerusalem, for Sikh and Muslim soldiers from India who fought and fell here), there are other cemeteries in Beer Sheva, Ramle and Haifa. (There is also one in Gaza, but I am not sure how accessible it is these days. It was vandalized in 2004.)

Today is Tisha be-Av (the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av), the saddest day in the Jewish calendar. Today we remember our destroyed Temples and our exiled people, and all the catastrophes that befell us throughout history.

So, my half-dozen readers may ask, what does a war cemetery on Mt. Scopus have to do with Tisha be-Av?

If I remember correctly, World War I began on Tisha be-Av, and as terrible and tragic as it was, its effects lasted far beyond Armistice Day. I felt that it would be appropriate to remember these fallen soldiers the day before the anniversary on which the war started. And, as Treppenwitz pointed out in a post from March 2006, we owe a great debt to their memory.

An easy fast.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Stretching Out

Her Ladyship stretches out one hot summer day, showing her fuzzy tummy.

Her Ladyship stretches out

“What’re you lookin’ at?”

The Friday Ark.

The Carnival of the Cats.

(And yes, I hope to start writing again soon, instead of just posting cat pictures. I have been extremely busy over the past weeks, but things are calming down, at least for now.)

Friday, July 13, 2007

Cool Cat Cools Off

Her Ladyship cools off on cool stone:

Cool cat cools off

Friday Ark.

Carnival of the Cats.

Friday, July 06, 2007

The Lady in Red, Kitty Yoga, and You

From a recent visit with my old friend, the Lady in Red:

The Lady in Red practices Kitty Yoga

(The title of this post is taken from the well-known television series Lilias, Yoga and You, which ran on PBS from 1972 to 1992.)

Check out today’s Friday Ark, and the Carnival of the Cats on Sunday.