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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Hi ho, hi ho, to synagogue we go...

9:35 pm CET

First of all, Happy Rosh Hashanah to the Tribe! I hope everyone back home is having a healthy and sweet first day of year 5771.

Today was fairly uneventful. I woke up after my alarm, ran to the tram, made it to school around five minutes late, practically fell asleep on my notes; same old, same old. Tomorrow is pretty much going to be a giant studying session for the final on Friday... hopefully we'll be able to grasp it in time. Language class following philosophy, however, was a lot of fun and very informative. Our first test is on Monday and, though I will have to study, I feel a lot better about that material than that which will be on my philosophy exam.

We got out of class a teensy bit early and I went straight to the grocery store (yes, again). I decided not to go to Rosh Hashanah services this evening because I needed some time for myself and for catching up with class readings. Because I chose not to head out to the synagogue, I bought some apples and honey (see, I had an actual purpose this time!), instead. When I got back to the room, I watched the film version of Brigadoon (very cheesy, but isn't that how '50s movies are supposed to be?) and read some of the chapters for tomorrow's philosophy class. I made a salami and cheese sandwich szendvics (I practically live on them) for dinner, and proceeded to check on my cup of gummy bears in the fridge that had been soaking in Tokaji white wine for 20 hours. Let's just say they were delicious, and that we definitely plan to make more. But maybe with rum. Yes, definitely with rum...

About an hour ago, I cut up the apples and made a honey dish out of the bottom of a plastic cup, and then arranged everything to look (somewhat) presentable. I felt like it would be nice to spread the sweetness, so I brought the plate to the rooms of the other participants and offered some apples and honey to them. It went over rather well, I think, even though I was left with a lot of food. More for my roommates and me, I suppose, haha.

It's a little lonely being the only Jew here on Rosh Hashanah, but it definitely won't be like this for Yom Kippur. The plan is to actually go to services for Kol Nidre and truly experience the Hungarian Jewish Community. It's sure to be an amazing adventure; I have no doubts about that.

!שנה טובה

1 comment:

  1. L'Shana Tovah Rachael!!! I can't wait to hear about your experience at Kol Nidre services!