July 5th

We looked at appliances at several stores. In the first one, the lady was very nice, but not especially helpful. In the second store, the man was extremely unctious and not very helpful.

We went to the Kotel, which was crazy. Between all the bar mitzvahs, the tourists from all over the world, and the extreme heat, Dina passed out. I sat her down to get her some beverages, and she got grossed out when a giant Israeli cockroach crawled out from under a garbage pail. We ate schwarma in the old city and watch several processions to the Kotel. It seems to be a business – the bar mitzvah boy stands under a chuppah that is carried by friends and family, then there are people blowing the shofar and playing drums.

We then drove around in circles until we found the Nefesh b’Nefesh office and picked up our Teudat Zhut. It seemed a little ironic that we were getting our official documents of Israeli citizenship as America was celebrating its independence.

We dropped the kids off with their cousins and commuted back to Ramat Bet Shemesh. We went to the appliance store in Ramat Bet Shemesh Beis and bought a refrigerator, a washing machine, a dryer, an oven, and a stovetop. Very interesting how the kitchen is set up. The oven and the burners are separate. The burners are gas, and the oven is electric.

We got back to Chasmonaim very late.

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