Saturday, November 29, 2008

American Indian + Alaska Native Heritage Month

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Shabbat shalom, Sabbath peace to you.
Jews are not allowed to mourn on Shabbat, the day when joy takes precedence. And Chabad Chassidim are the masters of putting joy into Jewish practice, every day.
Let us therefore post something happy today.
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I was happy to learn from some USA bloggers that November is National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. And believe it or not, there is a way to justify its inclusion in a blog from the Hills of Jerusalem!
Meet Eric of Alaska! He has a one-man hairdressing place in the shopping center of the Beit HaKerem neighborhood of Jerusalem. He grew up in Alaska, met a Jewish woman in California, they married, and they made aliyah to Israel. Now he is the grandfather of little Sabras (native-born Israelis).
I love that story.
Eric is a soft-spoken, gentle gentleman. If you opt for conversation while he cuts your hair, then he has interesting information on all kinds of topics.
Don't you love the decor? Where else in Israel would you find polar bears, antlers, family photos of Alaska natives?!
If you ever need a haircut in Jerusalem, give Eric a call at 02-652-1267. You'll enjoy it.

18 comments:

Catherine said...

Pleased to meet you, Eric. Unusual route, but as long as you find a pleasant place to settle, don't change anymore.

richies said...

The world seems to be shrinking. You never know who you will meet.

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Mediterranean kiwi said...

the world is definitely shrinking - i met up with my alaskan blogger friend in athens when she was here with her greek husband. i would love to visit alaska - but preferably in the summer months!

Kay said...

This is such a wonderfully interesting post, Dina. Your hairdresser sounds like a fun person. Those are quite a pair of antlers there.

Fida said...

I definitely have to visit Jerusalem now... I am so glad Jews are not allowed to mourn on a Shabbat:-)

USelaine said...

The stories of how different people end up in "strange" lands is always fascinating. If I were trying to imagine an exotic character story for a book, the description of this man that you give would never have come to me!

Jules said...

Isn't the world a wonderful place. If only we could all love each other for our differences and celebrate the best of each culture.

Jules said...

BTW Thank you for your kind wishes.

mommanator said...

now how does he get those hats down!

Leora said...

Love the antler hat hanger. Nice to meet your friend Eric.

Z said...

Oh, the boundlessness of love! Eric looks much too young to be a Grandpa already... :-)

magiceye said...

sure is a small world!!

kjpweb said...

You manage to surprise me with your post all the time!
This one is no exception! Great!
Cheers, Klaus

Kym said...

I was fascinated by this story and then when I finished reading I realized what a gift so many of the daily photo bloggers are giving to the world community. From now on when I travel, I'm going to google the name of the areas I'm going and add daily photo. I'll bet I'll come up with an itinerary that isn't in all the guidebooks but that is incredibly fascinating and lets me understand the character of the people there better than the average tourist spot. Thanks for helping me reach this epiphany!

ramblingwoods said...

What a nice story about a gentle man...

Dick said...

Yes I will go there but I'm not sure when to come to Jerusalem, not a hahaha I would like it very much.

Petrea said...

What an interesting guy. I wonder if he ever misses Alaska and goes back for a visit.

Jedediah said...

Love the antlers. Fascinating post.