Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Only in Israel, Blessings

I had to pick something up at the pharmacy Pharm 4 you in Sha'ar Binyamin the other day and was surprised and pleased to see this blessing.

The translation of the title is:

A Prayer for the Sick to Say Before Taking the Medicine

So, obviously I just had to take this picture.

I love the fact that even in the medical profession people recognize that it's all up to G-d.  Neither the doctors nor the pharmacists do the actual healing.  A close friend of mine who's a doctor always says that she's no more than a "tool" of G-d. 

Nothing is ever guaranteed.  I'll never forget listening to my father's aunt reminiscing about her childhood.  She was my grandfather's younger sister.  I never knew my grandfather.  He passed away a couple of years before I was born.  They were very close.  She told me that she had also had a younger brother.
"We were both very sick.  We were put in the same bed. We were given the same medicine.  He died, and I lived."

That tragic event haunted her for her entire life.  She could not accept the fact that the medicine didn't work on her little brother.  She remained a G-d fearing woman for her entire life.

Here in Israel it's always surprising to see people who by their mode of dress don't look religious at all, but they never forget to kiss every mezuzah they pass.

Here in Israel, it's pretty easy to find sukkot for sale, the arba minim, four species and whatever holiday equipment you may need.

The aliyah saga of Jennifer in MamaLand is full of lovely "only in Israel" stories, too, Weird moments of holiness… I love the fact that she is surprised that Judaica can be found all over and at reasonable prices.  Being a Jewish country, the items are for use, rather than display.

In a few hours we'll be celebrating the Holiday of Succot, moving into our sukkot as much as we can.  It's a holiday that reminds us that life is a "journey," and we shouldn't get too attached to possessions.  It's davka the Holiday of Joy.  We're supposed to celebrate ושמחת בחגך והיית אך שמח   visamachta bichagecha vihayita ach same'ach, be joyful in your holiday and be very happy.


rutimizrachi said...

Beautiful post, Batya! Thank you! Chag Sukkot sameeach.

Batya said...

Ruti, thanks! Chag Sameach to you and all your men... plus

Tzivia said...

Finally got a moment to read it! Thanks for the link; my older kids think I'm completely nuts because they're at the age where they have to pretend not to be impressed by anything. But honestly, if I'm going to suffer through being a newbie here, I'm darn well going to take advantage by walking around with my jaw down to my ankles, gawping and gaping and taking pictures whenever and wherever I can!
I do love the fact that everybody, religious or not, knows something about various mitzvot, chagim etc (maybe not enough, but still). My favourite thing is when they wave you away from their restaurant or coffee shop because "you can't eat here - it's not kosher." I love it!

Batya said...

Jennifer, one of my favorite things is being able to asking about toveling kitchen items. Of course, not every place will know, but when the salesperson looks religious you can ask and they usually know.