Each Tuesday, Jennifer and the boys and I have been going on tiyulim around the city. So far, they've included the shuk at Machaneh Yehuda, a walking tour of Yemin Moshe, an afternoon at "Park HaMifletzet" (the Monstor Park - named for the 3 slides that come out of the "mouth" of a "monster"), and, this past Tuesday, Me'ah She'arim. As we started off through the neighborhood, I pulled the older boys aside and told them that some people call this a "very religious neighborhood," because the people here dress differently. "But do you know who else is very religious?" I asked them.
"Us?" they answered.
"Yes, we are. We live in a very religious house," I explained, "but being religious doesn't mean that you have to dress differently than everyone else. Abba and Ima think it's very important that Jews never forget who we are - and that means being different sometimes - but we also think it's very important that Jews participate in the world around us. We think that's a really important part of being very religious."
Here is a link to the photo album on facebook
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