After spending a long weekend mowing lawns, raking leafs, trimming hedges, chopping firewood, and building a compost pit, I'm ready to get out of town and live in a hotel for awhile. I'll be in Jerusalem for the rest of this week, carrying out boring official business and maybe visiting some favorite historical sites.
There is a very narrow window between Israeli holidays during which business can be conducted this week. Succot, the Feast of Tabernacles, begins prior to sunset today, Monday, October 13, and ends on the evening of Tuesday, October 14, just as I'll arrive in town. And I'll have to scoot back home before Simchat Torah, the Rejoicing of the Law, begins prior to sunset on Monday, October 20.