July 13th and July 14th
Our first Shabbat in Ramat Bet Shemesh was amazing. First of all, we got more cakes and cookies, which we are eating for breakfast and lunch. We went next door for Friday night. The whole family is in love with the two-year-old girl, and Moshe is very friendly with the nine-year-old boy. Tami made a soup with black beans and salami that was delicious. Yehuda tried it and liked it, Dina and Moshe were not that brave. We also ate spaghetti squash with garlic and oil, chicken, potato kugel, and string beans. We had strawberry mousse for dessert.
For lunch we went to the “buddy family” that Nefesh b’Nefesh assigned. Things just seemed to be out of sync. The wife told me to be there at 11 AM for lunch, but shul ended closse to 11:30, so I stopped by shul at 11 to see that they were just benching Rosh Chodesh. Dina did not want to go into shul, so we went to our hosts’ house and waited with the daughters. Everyone came home later. The wife said I didn’t tell her about gluten-free, but I’m pretty sure I did. Moshe spent most of the meal whining, and Chaim went hungry. They have a daughter Dina’s age in the same school, so Dina stayed after lunch and played (she came home at 6 PM).
I don’t fell the same natural warmth that we feel sandwiched between our neighbors, who I feel I can call or stop by and ask almost anything. This family seemed much more formal (very Flatbush) .
We went to the Lewitans for dinner. It was a 10 minute walk from our house, but they have a beautiful apartment with a great view. Again there was not much food fro Moshe and Chaim – salad and tuna. Moshe got incredibly spoiled in Chasmonaim where Aunt Ronit catered to his every whim when he was hungry. The Lewitans moved from Passaic. She is best friends with Naomi Radinsky – I guess she didn’t tell her before they invited us!!!! They were very nice and gave us good advice, but I don’t want to talk about Passaic.
In the afternoon I went to the shiur and met a bunch of people. Estie was there, and we talked and walked. She gave me a mini-tour and introduced me to more people.