June 3, 2005

by Reb Yudel
Separation Dreams

Last night I had my second dream concerning Israeli politics. The first was many years ago: I was playing handball against the kotel, with Yasser Arafat.

Last night's dream, I was walking with some junior IDF officer who was responsible for mapping the separation line. It seemed odd that someone so junior was doing this, and that it was so close to the actual withdrawal. Then I realized that the line he was marking was in the backyard of some houses in my hometown of Rochester. The street immediately facing the shul was to still be in the Israeli side of the line, but the few blocks over were to be Palestinian.

I was struck by how little warning the affected residents were getting.

Then I realized that we were in Rochester, and it seemed rather odd that the Palestinians were getting an area of Rochester.

The officer showed me a map, and explained that just as the Palestinians had their separated yet theoretically "contiguous" areas of Jerusalem in the north (Shuafat, I guess), the south, and the east -- east, in this case, being a few thousand miles east in Rochester.

Next thing I knew I was in the Rochester shul, but the political part was over. TrackBack

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