Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Various vending machines in Israel

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V-Day at ABC Wednesday.

A vending machine for fresh flowers?!
Ben-Gurion International Airport has one in the arrivals hall. Honest!
Written above in Hebrew letters is "La bouquet."
Enlarge the photo to see prices in shekels.

Select the number of the bouquet you want, swipe your credit card, and the appropriate door will open.

A vending machine for holy books?!
I saw it with my own eyes at Jerusalem's big Central Bus Station.
Before you board your inter-city bus you can quickly equip yourself with a prayerbook or a part of the Talmud to study or pray from on the way.
And each book costs only 10 or 15 shekels, a fraction of the price of a bunch of flowers.
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I learned about the organization dispensing the books in a Jerusalem Post article. Here is part of what it says:
"The vending machine is there because of Meoros HaDaf HaYomi, an organization dedicated to spreading the study of Judaism in general and Gemara in particular. HaDaf HaYomi has more than 500 classes around the country and publishes books, videos and audio clips on the Internet. . . .
Daf yomi means 'a page a day,' and refers to the practice of studying the entire 2,711-page Babylonian Talmud, one folio (double-sided page) at a time, in a cycle of seven and a half years, followed by many Jews around the world. Part of Meoros HaDaf HaYomi's mission is to involve more people in this enterprise."
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Judaic studies and siddurim from a vending machine. . . . It makes me remember, with a smile, something from a college literature class: deus ex machina, literally, "God from the machine."
:)

35 comments:

Robin said...

Too funny. Definitely only in Israel moments...

RuneE said...

Now I have seen it all - these vending machines belong at a hospital :-)

I long for the day they can sell cameras....

gigihawaii said...

Are any of those prayer books published in ENGLISH?

Jew Wishes said...

What a concept...vending machines for Holy Books.

Dick said...

Haha, that's funny, we used to have a vending machine for bread but it's gone since a long time.

Sylvia K said...

Now these are amazing! Too funny indeed! And vending machines for Holy Books! I love it! Great photos and post for the day, Dina!

Enjoy!

Sylvia

Spiderdama said...

Very nice that vending machines for Holy Book!;-)
Have a great evening!

Life with Kaishon said...

Get out of here : ) Vending machines for a floral bouquet! I love that! I love fresh flowers. Always love coming here for my weekly lesson : )

Mara said...

Flowers from a vending machine? That would be sacrilige in the Netherlands. I like the idea though...

Leslie: said...

I've never seen either of these types of vending machines here! Quite impressive!

Yaelian said...

The wending machine with flowers caught my eyes last time I was at the airport but a wending machine for prayer books I have yet to see;-)

cieldequimper said...

I suppose that's fun but nothing beats a conversation with a nice florist or bookshop keeper... ;-)

Ann said...

I like the green one. Looks like a tree.

Reader Wil said...

That's a great word: Vending machine!! We call them " automaten". Thanks for the interesting post!

Catherine said...

I would be curious to know which of the both will be empty first ?

Cloudia said...

So interesting Dina.


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Leif Hagen said...

I've never seen a bouquet vending machine, ever! I saw some interesting things in machines in Japan but never flowers!

Tumblewords: said...

Interesting to find so many machines vending a variety of stuff. Strange.

Roger Owen Green said...

I'm waiting for more credit-driven vending machines to finally become popular in the US, as they are in Finland and many other countries.

Q said...

So very interesting. I think I would be tempted to buy the flowers. Holy Books from a vending machine is a new concept indeed. I like the idea of a page a day...
Sherry

jedaen said...

have a beautiful day Dina,
God is the machine of the starry night...

Rose said...

These are firsts for me! At least the books will hold up well; I wonder how often they change "le bouquets" in the machines:)

Martha in PA said...

Great V topic.....

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Arija said...

So funny to see impersonal flower vending machines at the airport...
I thought it was the thought not the sfterthought that really counted.

Vaggelis said...

it's amazing what you learn. vending machines for flower and holy books? that's interesting

jabblog said...

Amazing! Do the flower prices drop as the day wears on and they become more bedraggled?

B SQUARED said...

Now that's a first.

Eki said...

That's very interesting, Dina! Flower vending mechine and holy book vending machine? I've never seen them before.

Manang Kim said...

I have seen a vending machine for flowers here in one of the hospital but haven't seen a book vending machine.That is so cool!! Thanks for sharing!


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Jay said...

Fascinating! I've never seen vending machines for flowers or for books, whether holy books or secular books. Well spotted!

FA said...

Dina, I love the idea of a vending machine for holy books - great evangelization tool. Perhaps a new business venture for the monastery????

Kay said...

Gee, I thought Japan had a lot of different kinds of vending machines but I've never seen one selling flowers or holy books. Wow!

Paula Scott said...

Vending machines!!! I never would have thought of that one! I love it!

Pietro said...

Very interesting, Dina.
I'd like to see a vending machine for dictionaries!

Hilda said...

Only in Israel, indeed. Never heard of either anywhere else! Pretty cool, I think.

We have vending machines for pre-paid cellphone cards. Is that unusual you think? I have no idea.