Saturday, October 15, 2005

Peanut Picking

Today was Seth’s 21st birthday!!! We had lots of fun going to the beach (yes, it is still beach weather, although slightly cold), and eating Indian food, but the highlight of the day was a typical Israeli experience we had. We were driving home from the beach and saw families walking around one of the fields by the highway we were on, and other cars pulling up off the highway to join them. If we were in Canada or the United States, we would have just continued on home, but feeling Israeli, we decided to go see what was going on! A father and son told us everyone was peanut picking! In Judaism, a farmer must leave 10% of his crops in the field for the poor. Today, in Israel, this is customary, and often (we learned) people go by once the season is over!

Seth and I grabbed a plastic bag from the car and started digging through the weeds, leaves, and dirt looking for peanuts along with everyone else, hurrying to find them before the sun set.

Spontaneous events are often the best and most memorable. Life in Israel has been a series of spontaneous events…it is part of the Israeli mentality. They don’t plan ahead, probably because Israel’s history, unfortunately, has always been one unexpected turn after another… But this mentality is one of the main reasons I love Israel. No one makes plans 2 weeks in advance; instead, you stop by your friends’ place whenever you feel like it, and go out. You learn to live for the moment…so, go be spontaneous!


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At 2:05 PM, Blogger Seth said...

I miss you Liat!


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