Monday, May 18, 2009

Laying the Cornerstone?

Sometimes, I really wish I carried a camera with me at all times. (What about my cellphone? Sorry, I carry a KosherPhone - no camera allowed. Yes, it's worth it. Our total bill last month for two phones was 60 shekel.)
Last week, I traveled to Yerushalayim to attend a wedding at Ramat Rachel. To get there from anywhere in the city, you have to cross a road called Derech Chevron. Just my luck that at that very moment, the pope happened to be visiting, and for whatever reason, they seemed to think he needed the whole road. When I explained to a cop that I was missing a wedding, he said, "The Chattan and Kallah can't get there either, so don't worry." We both laughed, but it wasn't that far from the truth. It turns out that the mesader kiddushin was also caught in traffic. When he explained his predicament to the police, they were gracious enough to provide him an escort to the wedding. Right before sunset. Probably.
In any case, stuck in Yerushalayim I did the only sensible thing. I parked and went for a schwarma to wait for traffic to open up. On the way, I stopped to read the pashkivilim. I always find them interesting and entertaining. I noticed a poster for the "Cornerstone Laying Ceremony for the Third Beit Hamikdash" scheduled for Yom Yerushalayim which is of course, later this week. Wow! I didn't know that we've started rebuilding the Beit Hamikdash, but I guess we are! Then I noticed the poster next to it, a poster announcing the appearance of Macy Gray, performing in Jerusalem on that very same day.
I thought to myself, perhaps before we start laying cornerstones for the Beit Hamikdash, we need to worry more about Macy Gray performing in our holy city. We'll know it's time to start building when we (all of us) stop wanting to have the Macy Grays of the world perform for us.