With the celebration yesterday of Simchat Torah (Literally, “Joy of the Torah”), Jews here and around the world marked the end of the High Holiday season. This year the holidays have come quite early, so early, in fact, that American Jews will be observing both Thanksgiving and the first night of Hanukkah* on the same night. Dubbed “Thanksgivukkah” it’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience because the next time these two holidays fall on the same night will be in the year 79,811. Grab that Menurkey now, because what a family heirloom that will be!
Israelis know that during the month of the High Holidays it is next to impossible to get anything done that requires people getting together, except for family celebrations and dinners (and oy what dinners!). Everything needing doing is put off until “after the holidays.” And now that the holidays are over, WPcom Maven is again taking class registrations. If you are local in Israel, an English-speaker, and want help getting set up on WordPress.com, have a look at “Learn WPcom” and sign up for a session. It couldn’t hurt.
*Well – we all got that wrong. Thanks to a slight misunderstanding between solar and lunar calendars, Thanksgiving wasn’t the first night of Hanukkah, but the first day of the holiday. We lit the first candle on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving.
More photos from Ein Kerem:
Sorry for the lack of posting. I’m a bit distracted by the view from my window at the moment.
Feel free to check out my archives or read a random post while you’re waiting for a new one.
Foursquare is one of the very first apps I installed on my phone and I used it nearly every day at home and especially abroad. I discovered Best Nearby places that perhaps I would not have otherwise and combined with my 4sq friends’ recommendations, the chances were high that I’d likely visit.
However, every update since 6 June 2013 crashes on my phone and after sending endless crash reports, I have now installed/uninstalled it for the very last time. Posting my final review on Google Play and reading the growing number of reviews by other unhappy users that are experiencing force closes, it makes you wonder if Foursquare is tone deaf.
I know I’ll miss using Foursquare (I already do).
Moving on to Google Local. I’ll let you know how it goes. One thing I can say about it right now is that even if many of the places are outdated and need updating, it works every time I open it.
Update: Just for the heck of it, I checked in via Foursquare’s mobile site at m.foursquare.com this evening. It’s a nightmare that I hope you never have to experience.
Update - 26 July: By George! I think they’ve finally fixed @foursquare! #hallelujah #tfutfutfu #hamsahamsahamsa
As you can see, this site has been pretty sleepy lately. It’ll probably continue that way for a while yet, so do feel free to check out my archives or read a random post while you’re waiting for a new post.
Hard to believe that it’s been nearly six and a half years since our trip to Athens and Santorini. Greece is both familiar and exotic at the same time and I fantasize about returning to those lovely sites and especially the ones we didn’t have time to visit on this trip.
Athens and Santorini..this time.
The weather, cool, windy and mostly sunny, was perfect for walking, which we did everywhere. This was our first vacation in ages where we didn’t see the sights from a car window and I was thrilled.