* I’ve been thinking about the Kotel. (when’s it gonna get rebuilt, diggy diggy/when’s it gonna get rebuilt) Does anybody have statistics for a gender breakdown of how many people visit the Wall on a given day, and how long the average visit’s for? No political agenda; I’m just curious.
* The last time I went to the Kotel, it was for about twenty seconds. No lie. It was the day that we were leaving Israel. I was waiting for Itta and her parents, all of whom overslept, overdressed, and/or decided to ride their bikes for another ten miles. Also, I was 40 minutes early. I’d woken up listening to Shlomo Carlebach, who was like “What’s the first thing you do when you go to Israel? You go to the Holy Wall.” It had taken me three days to get to the Holy Wall. And, damn, it was not the greatest experience. So I decided to go once more. And I ran. Got lost in the Arab Shuk for the first time in ages, jostled in any number of ways, and by the time I was there I had like 10 minutes till I had to be back at their hotel. So I just ran to the wall, don’t even know what I said, but I said it. And then I ran back. Don’t know why that came up — but that all alone made it worth it. At least, tell it to the kind folks who paid for me to get there.
* As BZ just testified, Chicago is not dead!!! Come help prove it at the Rabbinical School Dropouts show.