Monday, 26 January 2015

Israel-The Land Of Milk And Honey I



My excitement was reaching fever pitch. I was going to Israel, the Biblical land of milk and honey. On my own. 
The Husband dropped me off to the airport: "Look, I think they're going to Tel Aviv as well."; he pointed in general direction of an Orthodox Jewish family rushing through the airport building.
"God, you're so presumptious. They might be going on a family holiday to Malaga."; I dismissed him.
The Orthodox Jewish family took their places at Tel Aviv boarding gate. 
"Oh, they're not  going to Malaga after all."; I was mildly disappointed.

I looked around. There were Orthodox Jews everywhere. Some of the men got up to pray and were busy readying themselves with great seriousness. They were wrapping what looked like high performance bands (Tefillin Shel Yad) around their arms and placing what looked like Go-Pro cameras (Tefillin) on their heads. Jewish praying was clearly a high intensity sport.
I was strangely soothed by presence of that many pious, religious people. The plane was unlikely to go down with quite that many believers on board.
I could truly relax...

Halfway to our destination, the air hostess got up and announced that back galley is now open for prayers. As if on cue, the entire Orthodox male contingent got up, put their long black coats and hats on, wrapped themselves in scarves, took their "athletic" equipment and occupied the back galley. They were rocking back and forth and praying. The terrible and extremely curious human being that I am, I rotated my body for 180 degrees, craned my neck and STARED!

The rest of the flight passed uneventfully. Mostly because I was asleep.
Upon arrival to Tel Aviv, a stern immigration official enquired about the purpose of my visit.
"I came for the wedding, bruv! JEWISH wedding!!"; I said.
He changed his demeanour, smiled and waved me through: "Enjoy!"

I breathed in the fragrant Mediterranean air and thought to myself: "Tel Aviv, this is going to be awesome!"




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23 comments:

Mili said...

I've never seen people get up to pray on a plane so I probably would have been curious to witness that as well lol. Hope you're enjoying your time in Tel Aviv and the wedding!

Mili

Miche said...

Haha, I probably would've stared too! Tel Aviv is definitely high on my wanderlust list, thanks for sharing some photos - hope to see more!

Ivana said...

Pretpostavljam da si išla na Vjerino vjenčanje ( vidjela sam na Instagramu :) i mislim da je zasigurno bilo divno! Jako bih voljela posjetiti Izrael i nadam se da ću imati priliku jednog dana :) Fotkice su divne... nadam se da ćeš s nama podijeliti još koju :)

libys11 said...

ooohh.. unreal!?! it seems like was there too!!! awesome photos!!

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meandmr.com said...

Wow, this looks incredible! I love all of your pictures!
Melanie @ meandmr.com

Kristina said...

@ivana, je je...vjerino vjencanje. Krasno je bilo.

Angela Donava said...

Awesome photos!
Have a nice day!
Angela Donava
http://www.lookbooks.fr/

Deniz G said...

I've never been to Israel but I hear it's so beautiful! I'm sure I'd love the food! I hope you are having a fantastic time!

- Deniz

Maiken said...

looks cloudy but still, the water is amazing! the waves, the beach, those bright blue details on houses, I like it all and am looking forward to seeing more and more photos!

Maiken,
Part of me

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Gil Zetbase said...

Adorable pictures!
Have a nice week end!
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Azra Art said...

Koliko je lepo... deluje mi da je ovo jedno do onih mesta koja, nakon sto jednom odes tamo, posle stalno sanjas i moras im se vratiti... Bar tako biva sa mnom, proganjaju me dok god da odem makar jos jednom. To je valjda neka forma ljubavi na prvi pogled :)

Azra Art said...

dok god *ne odem

Shannon Jenkins said...

Wow so gorgeous! Sounds like a great trip!

<3 Shannon
Upbeat Soles

Ivana Split said...

stvarno izgleda fantastično!

meni su bili neobični i 'naši' Irci kada su molili krunicu cijelim putem iz Dublina do Splita. Baš se sjećam jer mi je to bio prvi let.
fratar je lijepo upitao može li koristiti razglas zrakoplova i tako je bila pobožna atmosfera cijeli let:)

Ivana Split said...

kako bi se rado prošetala ovim plažama, Tel Aviv mi je baš neka destinacija iz snova:)

Kristina said...

Tel Aviv je divan, @ivana

insp. said...

Obožavam ovakve živopisne fotografije!

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Tina Bradley said...

Looks like a fab place to be! It's snowing here right now. :( T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Imke Db said...

I was on the airport last Monday and on the gate next to mine a flight to Tel Aviv was boarding, and I was fascinated like you! It seems like such a beautiful place, and I love the pictures you posted!

XO IMKE

Beauty Follower said...

Wonderful photos!

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Angela Donava said...

Amazing pictures!
Have a nice day!
Angela Donava
http://www.lookbooks.fr/

HighlandFling said...

These pictures are stunning, I can't wait to see more. I have never seen holiday pictures of Israel so this is so interesting!

I hope the wedding goes well!

Em x

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