Shalom Shachne, Ilana and I took the bus to Jerusalem. It was an easy bus ride of about 50 minutes and the Egged bus was clean and comfortable with cushy seats, despite which I spent most of the ride being extremely glad that I don't have to do this commute to work every day, as many people around here do! (Cousin Mark T: remember when we were here as teens and all the Egged buses were red? They are green now and it still seems wrong to me!).
This was the first time since we moved here that I have been back to Jersualem! (Sorry, Fern, that you guys are still in Burma and couldn't be visited on this auspicious occasion....). I was really surprised at how city-like J'lem felt. It was noisy, crowded, dirty....I felt like I had gotten off the bus at the Port Authority in Manhattan! We weren't near the Old City, though, and that part, although extremely, umm, old, is much quieter and cleaner. I was glad to get back to our little suburb at the end of the day :)
Mazal tov, Rabinowitz Family!