Anyways, the yeshiva! The new building is incredible, and the amount of work that went into it is really astounding, especially considering that 9 months ago it was a basically a hole in the ground.
I walked into the Beis Midrash about a week before the yeshiva and walked out with the very high doubts that it was going to be ready on time.
Not only was it ready the place looked absolutely incredible.
Now for a short list (by "short" I mean what ever comes to my mind as I write this) of little things that I've experienced here in Israel since arriving almost two months ago:
- The fierce protection everyone gives to children in the country
- The unspoken rule, even from NYF Jews, that men and women not related to each other do not sit next to each other on the bus if another seat is available.
- A disclaimer on a bag of tissues telling you that, if you use them on Shabbos, please make sure that you open the bag before Shabbos starts.
- How everyone ignores the "Don't put your feet on the seat" sign on the busses, but are very strict about leaving handicapped spots open on the same bus.
- How on the street you can randomly spot someone davening at the bus stop (that's usually the women, the guys have already formed a minyan)
- How you realize the news in about Israel portayed by the world's media has absolutly no bearing on the reality of what actually goes on here.
- The mutual respect (at least most of the time) between all different religions and people who live here
- The trains. Enough said
- How Israel is the only country in the world that will shut down the busiest street in it's capitol city in order to put in a subway system and then only work on it for 7 hours a day
- How everyone (even Arabs') will with you a "Shabbat Shalom" on Friday
- The mountains
- Little kids speaking Hebrew
- (This is for the techies) NO CAPS ON INTERNET BANDWITH!!