Sunday, April 14, 2013

Only in Israel: Restaurant edition

Last week, YZG and I found ourselves driving  to Tel Aviv.

After parking our car, we started walking toward our destination when we were stopped by the guard at the entrance to the parking lot.

He seemed to sense that we are from out of town (where town=Tel Aviv, not New York… :-)).

Was it the fact that we missed our exit driving into the city that gave us away?

Or was he simply being prophetic and accurately predicting that later that evening, we would – as we ALWAYS do at the end of every. single. visit to Tel Aviv - have trouble finding our way back onto the highway?

I don’t know.

But I do know that the friendly guard was clearly trying to be helpful when he asked us where we were going.

We told him that we were going to a certain restaurant, and the Russian-accented, bareheaded guard immediately replied, “Is that kosher?

We thanked him for his concern and assured him that we had checked it out in advance and that the restaurant was indeed kosher l’mehadrin.

!מי כעמך ישראל
“Who is like Your nation Israel…”
(Divrei HaYamim I 17:21)

And on a related note, Latma has a new song for Yom HaAtzma’ut 5773:


  1. My brother-in-law, after visiting my sister-in-law who had just given birth to their first son after three girls, was leaving the hospital parking lot and was asked by the non-religious parking guard to pay 20 shekel. My brother-in-law, in the throes of new baby ecstasy, told him he'd just had a son after three daughters. To which the guard replied "Mazal tov, now you've fulfilled the commandment of pirya ve'rivya (be fruitful and multiply-usually interpreted as requiring at least one son and one daughter.) (Then of course, he asked him again for the 20 shekel :-))


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