Monday, September 27, 2010

Our Sukkot in an Ortho shul: 'Twas quite a trip

. . . both figuratively and literally.

I was delighted when these fine friends were kind enough to invite us to sleep on their couch for the first two days of Sukkot plus Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot.

Naturally, our visit couldn't take place without complications. Unfortunately, the first one was serious--our hostess had a sudden medical emergency that necessitated a trip to two doctors on Wednesday. The prescription that she was given made her much more comfortable, but she has to see the doctor again on Monday. I hate having to put people back onto my mi-sheberach (roughly, prayer for the sick) list, but that's where Chanah Bloomah bat Devorah v'Yisrael is, at the moment. :(

The rest of the complications were of the Keystone Cops variety. First, my husband neglected to mention to me that he was seeing a tax client on Wednesday morning. That probably wouldn't have been such a big deal, if our laundry room hadn't chosen Wednesday morning to decide that it was time for a machine malfunction, thus sending my already-delayed husband to the local laundromat.

Even more fun ensued when my husband finally showed up at our friends' apartment with our suitcase and garment bag. Boy, were we surprised to discover that both of the brand-new skirts that I had packed were missing from the garment bag. Our hostess and I both protested vehemently when my husband insisted that he'd take a cab back to our apartment to look for them, forbidding him to do so because not even a taxi could get him home and back in time for the beginning of the holiday. So he said he'd retrace his steps back to the bus stop, instead. Fortunately, the halachah (Jewish religious law) against traveling on a holiday was on our side--while I was trying on my girlfriend's clothes to see what would fit, my husband found my skirts lying on the sidewalk, not much the worse for wear--they'd been the victims of a broken hanger.

I'm happy to report that the rest of our stay went much better. More posts to follow, when I'm awake.


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