To counter the nude Parisian scarecrows that Catherine exposed in her hilarious post today, I offer a modest Holy Land scarecrow. He stands in solitude in our local monastery. With the hood, he does look a bit like his Franciscan brothers.
The cross is over the grave of Father Abraham Shmuelof, who began life as a nice Jewish boy in Jerusalem in 1913. He sought peace in his new religious life, but in vain. The website of the "Kehilla" sums it up: "He is remembered simply as 'Abouna,' a dynamic presence not without contradictions, within the Hebrew-speaking Catholic community in Israel."
Apparently he is best remembered for his recordings of the Bible. If you ever need to hear Psalms or any other part of the Bible in the original Hebrew, you can listen here.