Sunday, January 06, 2013

Chagim, Targumim and Harsh Reality

I get a lot of feedback from readers who especially like the photo blogs I do occasionally. Most of these pictures already appeared on my Facebook wall, but for those of you who haven't seen them, here are some images of holidays in Israel, some awkward attempts at English translation and one sign that represents a harsh reality.

These gel Chanukah candles are lit inside a glass box with the etched Jerusalem scene. When they are all lit, as in this photo, on the last night of Chanukah, the image is peaceful and serene.




You know Tu B'Shvat is coming when the dried fruit, packaged or fresh mounds, begin to be displayed. Instead of Easter, Halloween and Christmas, we see Jewish holidays promoted at the entrance to grocery stores here.   





Although Purim isn't for 7 more weeks, we saw this display of costumes already out in the toy store. Yeah, we bought stuff and felt very ahead of the curve on this one :-)





Awkward attempts to translate product instructions into English are an endless source of amusement. This particular language is for a feminine hygiene product.

My husband took this photo of a funny product on a grocery store shelf. What is Agglomerated? Turns out to be a real English word meaning "to form or collect into a rounded mass." Not sure what it adds to the description "instant coffee", but some have suggested that Brits use the term agglomerated.  

Sadly, this sign, seen often in Yehuda and Shomron, is a reality in our complex little country. At least until Moshiach announces himself.


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