A Winter Friday Afternoon in the Holy Land

It’s Friday at 3 p.m. here in Israel, and though wintertime, it is warm out. While in many places around the world, people go about their business as usual, in this special place shops and banks are coming to a close in time for the Jewish day of rest or Shabbat.

What I feel makes it so unusual is the fact that people start wishing one another a Shabbat Shalom or peaceful Shabbat starting on Wednesday. Like everyone is just waiting for the day of rest. I mean in the United States you don’t often hear, “Have a nice weekend!” on a Wednesday, as the weekend is only on Saturday and it finished three days before. Yet here, it is the norm. Just another typical part of the culture. Gotta love it.

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