Thursday, December 07, 2006


A couple of weeks ago, my brother, Dovidle called to say he was coming for about ten days the end of December.


Once a year we all try to get together and as much as I would love to get away for a couple of weeks and play tourist in the good old US of A and Canada, it just isn't possible.

First of all I wouldn't leave Ma for that long and second she really doesn't feel like making the trip. At 83 tfu tfu tfu it is not so simple to cross the big water and hob nob with family and friends, no matter how much you would love to do so.

Then, my cousin Michael from Toronto emailed and he is coming with his wife and two the same time.

Then, my brother Dovidle called to say that a very good friend is coming to Jerusalem for two and a half days and could I arrange for a hotel and a guide?

Of course, I said and then explained to him that it wouldn't be easy. We are talking about Christmas week here.

Do any of you remember Shelly Berman? And his record about wanting to go to New York to go to acting school? And his father said, 'Ok, I'll give you the money for a ticket. It'll be a Christmas present. But don't tell your mother I said the word Christmas. Because if you do, you won't be going on a plane to New York to acting school, you'll be going to Weinstein's Funeral Home in a coffin!'

Ahhhh, Shelly Berman. Where was I?

Oh, yes. The Wise Men are all coming to Jerusalem on, Chri...ahem, after Channukah!

So, Bubbie Channah decided to call in a cleaning person to spiffy up the place. She usually does it herself, and does a great job, but the windows needed washing and none of us can shlep them out of the frames.

I told her to go speak to Rami, the head of the Va'ad Bayit ( the housing committee) in her building and sure enough he had someone. Muhammed worked in the building and for cheap would be happy to come clean her flat.


Don't worry, he's a good guy and you can trust him with your stuff.Ok.

In walks Muhammed, and Bubbie Channah called me a couple of hours later happy happy happy. The windows are clean, the floors are done, and the bathroom sparkles. All for 60 shekels. A bargain!!!

'You know, Marallyn, ' she said laughing,'I asked him if he speaks English. He turned to me and smiling said, 'I love you, you love me, let's go to bed!'

We both laughed and when she asked him if he spoke any more English he said, 'Nope, that's enough!'

Who knows, maybe he's right.

Anyhow, Bubbie Channah now has a nice person to clean her flat and we are all ready for the company.

And for that money she can have him come back and wash the floors one more time before Chri....ahem, after Channukah!

Have a great day...stay safe...and thanks for dropping in.


At 4:12 PM, Anonymous John said...

And then there's that lovely song:

"Oh, IIIIIII'lll be hoooooome for Chri... Channuuuukaaaa, if oooonly in my dreeeeeeeeams!"

Home is where the heart is, which often isn't necessarily where you are standing.

At 6:02 AM, Blogger Leann said...

I love you ,you love me lets go to funny,just like a guy!!!don,t matter what country they come from.ha ha.glad you get to see your loved ones.shalom and merry christmas.can,t remember how to spell hanaka? ever you spell it have a good one.

At 11:58 AM, Anonymous the guv said...

If a guy I asked in to clean my condo ever said to me, " I love you. You love me. Let's go to bed ", I'd have a ready response for him.

" When can your sister come in and clean my condo ?"

The Guv

At 4:14 PM, Anonymous the guv said...

Well, Yehupitz, the fact is, my ESP HAS kicked in with you.

More often than not, this gift that I have, allows me to see things in others that I, or most other people, wouldn't ordinarily get to see. It's my psychic powers in quiet mode. Nothing flashy. And, I don't make any announcements or pronouncements.

I simply use this given understanding, or insight, to form extra-special bonds with people. Sometimes, I respond to their hidden fears. Sometimes, I offer much-needed encouragement. Sometimes, I'm simply witness to a happiness or a sense of accomplishment, that their humility is hiding. Frequently, it feels as if I am almost FORCED to offer ( very often, unwanted ) guidance and advice. Sometimes, based on "what I know", I'm able to tell them that things will work out well. Sometimes, without telling them that things will NOT work out as planned, or as hoped for, I find myself mentioning detours, or coping mechanisms. In other words, my extra-ordinary gift more often than not, translates into common compassion and a deeper level of communication than is usually shared.

So, you see, when I say that I like, and care about, you, Yehupitz, it's not just a superficial statement.

The Guv

At 4:15 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

hey john, i forgot that song...and you are so right my friend...i miss you...shabbat shalom

At 4:15 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

shalom are men are men are men...bless 'em...shabbat shalom my friend

At 4:17 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

funny guv...first you would shout...'OUT YOU MESSHUGENEH PERVERT'...dontcha think? shabbat shalom my dear friend

At 2:09 AM, Blogger Dan said...

nice happy blog and bubbie story.

i wonder if i could ever find a publisher in Hebrew trans for my bubbie and zadie book, big in USA now, but unknown in Israel. Know any editors there?


At 2:33 AM, Blogger dan said...

don't know how to reach you via email but u mite want to hear about my bubbie and zadie book...

for Hannukah , for kids


At 6:45 AM, Anonymous the guv said...

"Out, you meshuganneh pervert" ?

At one point in my life, that might have been it.

Now, it probably would be, " Thanks, you meshuganneh pervert. But you can't sleep over because I value my privacy too much".

The Guv

At 6:46 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

shalom dan...thanks for dropping a matter of fact i do know someone in jerusalem who would be happy to edit and publish your book...i sent you an email and look forward to hearing from you...good luck...shavuah tov...and thanks for dropping in

At 6:47 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

dear guv...yah right...and if you believe that then i have a bridge to sell you...shavuah tov my dear friend

At 6:50 AM, Anonymous rky said...

I just read all your blogs I could find, back to November 8th. I know if I search closely, I'll be able to find some previouis ones. They make me cry and laugh and just LOVE YOU more and more.
You'll get through all the recent dreck in your life and go on to do more of the same...make people love you!
Take well, stay safe!!!

At 6:52 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

shalom good to hear from you again...i've missed you...thanks for the thumbs up and for the very kind words...i get by with a little help from my friends...hekchewally with a lot of help from my friends...shavuah tov...stay safe...loveyou too


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