Srugim Season 3 Episode 12: Srugim has an identity crisis

We are up to the final four, final three after this one. And in a SrugimRecap exclusive, Laizy Shapira has confirmed this will be Srugim’s last season. This episode does a good job of beginning to close some character arcs. Amir realizes he is not a ben Torah but a farmhand, Nati discovers Tehilla is not the holy hippie he thought she was and Reut has to deal with an annoying American Oleh.

Srugim what will we do without you? On to the recap!

Realer than being set up with the same guy twice in a row

To defend Tehila, Shayna totally used to do the “only shomer around religious people” thing. +10

So we like this Yediat Haaretz thing going on. Amir has realized he will serve Hashem not by becoming a Torah scholar but by settling the land. Muscle Zionism at its finest!!

Amos Tamam in a wife beater. Thank you Laizy. Thank  you. THANK YOU. + 1 million

Yifat and Amir are adorables this whole episode. We wish we had seen these interactions before now. Also, we know its a clean show, so we will just have to imagine them getting in on in the Negev. In our heads. I mean, just kidding. +500

Oh hello sister who ate all the bagelim. Of course you are pregnant again! Jerusalem, hide your carbohydrates. +50

Married people are secretly jealous of us. Even marrying a pilot loses its appeal eventually. SUCKAS. +100.

While looking at the sky: Yifat:Where is the big bear? Amir, I don;t know, but I know where the little bear is. GAHHHHHHHHH. Then our biological clocks exploded.  +200

“When is your husband coming back from his summer camp?”  Zing!! Nice one Hodaya.  +30

Reut is such a Good Sister this episode. It was cute. +50

O course Nati doesn’t know what Gaia means. and of course Azarya is disgusted at Nati’s ignorance. +5 for consistency

Of course Yifat won’t tell you if she is having a boy or girl. She will instead hold it over her friends and claim that she is morally superior for doing so.  +25

We also secretly put stock in those name books, even if they NEVER HAVE SHAYNA IN THEM. I’m not bitter, I promise. Maybe we just need the Yiddish version! +15

Reut is only other person from her Bnei Avika group who isn’t married except for Nehama, who is a special case. You get it? Nati gets it. HAHAHA. Hey, we could use a lesbian plotline here. That would be interesting. +100.

Omg, Yifat and Amir feeding Baby Goats. We Die. +100 for cutest scene yet this season.

Nati shows up to minyan five seconds before Torah reading. Of course. +10

Also, he pretends to have had a baby. Hhahahaha. Nati a parent. Hahahahaa. +50 for how much we just giggled

Shayna has a secret dream that if academia fails her, she will move to Israel and make goat cheese. Maybe she can do it with Amir!!!!! +200

We love the look on Ilan’s face when he tries to put on a poker face. He not so secretly wants to say–you are bat shirt crazy. +50 because we’ve all been there

It is great that Hodaya and Reut really lay into Amir and his vision quest. Gaban v’Yogurtan!  Thanks Hashem for friends who keep it real. +100

Faker than an Israeli waitress insisting on cleaning your table

The airport scene was so amazingly awkward with Nati going for it and Tehilla shooting him down (side note: Sarah was watching the airport scene at the airport coming home from Israel. Did that blow your mind?) -75

We are not sure if we trust Amir to be at the farm alone. Really, can he be responsible? Unclear. -10

Also, while the bromantic hug between Ariel and Amir was cute, we are glad Ariel is going to the army because that plot line was kinda weird. Also, we give it ten minutes before Ariel takes off his kippah. -30

Nati, don’t think we forgot your snooping ways. remember when you raided Yifat’s apartment in season one? We do. Hope you also didn’t eat all of Tehila’s food as well. -10

Gaya? Wow that’s like the ultimate dumbass name stoned hippie 60s parents would give their kids. -60 (But It is Israelis, so…yeah.)

Tehila’s home is like a Delia’s catalog circa 1999. How many colored throws and tapestries does one person need? -40

For a dirty hippie, Tehila has a really clean room. No points, just saying.

We kind of wish Reut had changed her name to Gaya Esther. -10

“I am a farmer in my blood.” No you aren’t, Yifat. Don’t even try. -90

Do people say Ani Beteshuva? Thoughts?

Secular Ilan is very sexy. What we have learned from Srugim as a whole is that nonreligious people are way hotter than their religious counterparts. Lesson learned. -40

Tehila is right, there is no way Nati could deal with taking care of those plants. Better call your mom. -10

What calculator is Reut using is her office? Why is it from the 1980s? There are bookkeeping apps for that! -1,000

Oh American sad sap, it was painful to hear his Ulpan Hebrew. Reut was so mean! Also Laizy we get it. American Olim are the worst, with their accented Hebrew and finicky food demands. -100

Azarya knows more about Tehila and won’t tell Nati! We want to know!! We promise to reward points back if you tell us later. As for now, the suspense is killing us! -10

Amir, when even rich boy Ariel  realizes its time to get off the farm and get his life back in order it’s time to get responsible. -1,000

Reut, you are asking Nati to go to shul  on a Thursday?  That’s a lot for Nati. -40

Has there been any scene this season where Yifat is not rubbing her pregnant belly? Who are you, Beyonce? -25

Reut changes her name to Esther. Oh man. Sarah’s sister is named Esther. And she makes sure to send this poster to her at least once a week.

What the hell is Yifat wearing on the farm? Harem pants? Make it stop. -60

Does Azaraya still not know Nati and Tehilla  are dating? -40

Basically these super scandalous Tehilla pictures are like a PG-13 Disney movie. We thought we were going to see her wild side. Please, we are not shocked by tattoos. At least it’s not as ugly as Hodaya’s was. -75

Yifat says she understands why Amir took this Chofesh. Bitch please. -18

And Amir really wants to move to the Negev? And he is telling her in her last month of pregnancy? Also Yifat  has an amazing job with amazing charedi coworkers. -200

Dudi! We knew you were bad news when you hit on Reut in season 1.  Boo, you suck. – infinity

This is the end times friends. Prepare for the Srugim apocolypse in 3 weeks. What are your predictions? Nati and Reut combo? Hodaya moves to San Fransisco to start a spoken word poetry collective? Amir adopts a goat?

See you next week!

63 responses to “Srugim Season 3 Episode 12: Srugim has an identity crisis

  1. Laizy Shapira has confirmed this will be Srugim’s last season.

    That’s very sad. Maybe he will come up with a spinoff … “Married Srugim” :-)

  2. Should we really do predictions? :-)

    * Yifat gets fired for screwing something up badly. And word gets around in the design industry that she’s a screwup and unreliable. Just like her previous boss, Nitzan, predicted. Then she moves with Amir to a remote yishuv in the desert in middle of nowhere.

    * Nati and Reut/Esther hook up and get married. They were destined for each other from day 1.

    * Gaia/Tehilla becomes datlash and hooks up with the airport guy.

    * Hodaya hooks up with Azaria, but he ignores her most of the time, then she sneaks in and watches Avris wedding from a distance and goes nuts. Eventually she is admitted to a mental hospital for treatment.

    • Can you be datlash if you’re a chozer betshuvah to begin with?

      • There’s a word for it, but I forget. Maybe Datlashlash or s/t like that?

      • Since a hozer b’tshuva is by definition dati, then when he is hozer b’sh’eila he can appropriately be called a datlash.

      • my understanding is that chozer bsheila is more for ex charedim while datlash is for ex dati leumi. as for datlashlash, i think it refers to someone if they become religious again after a period of being “off the derech.” i do not know if there is a special term for someone who is bt and decides not to be frum–i also think that falls under datlash.

    • I’m actually surprised Nitzan hasn’t done something vindictive to ruin Yifat’s career or her bosses’ business. She has all the connections to get anything done, we know that!

      • Nitzan, like all smart schemers, is waiting for just the right moment to strike. Better to use a little nudge right after Yifat screws up somehow than a big push before.

  3. Oh man, where do I even begin?

    Reut, you’re sweet, but Esther? ESTHER? Seriously? Outside of a couple American Olim and Meah-Shearim charedim, that name is strictly used by Yemenite 90-year old great-grandmas. Please, for the love of whoever’s out there, stop trying to fix your boring, unpoetic life by going to India, dating pretentious idiots and changing your name. IT WON’T WORK. Instead, how about giving the annoying American more than two minutes of your time and see maybe there’s more to him than a dorky accent and compulsive table manners?

    The American guy, by the way, was pretty funny, but seriously? I’ve met American Olim fresh off the plane with a smoother accent. The whole thing was so painfully forced and contrived.

    Also I can’t stress how funny the parallel here is. “Gaia” changed her name name to Tehila, presumably because Gaia is a pagan goddess and not a Hebrew name. Reason? Identity issues. Reut changes her name from the Hebrew Reut into the ancient Farsi Esther, named after the pagan goddess of love and sex Astarte, also known in Israel as Ashtoret and in Greece as Aphrodite. And before anyone brings up Queen Esther, she a) lived in Persia and married a goy and B) had a Hebrew name – Hadassah. Reason? Identity issues. It’s no accident that Nati confuses the two into a single being – Gaia Esther.

    For the record, I knew a couple of Gaias, and both came from hippie families, but Tehila… well, it puts one in mind of the Hebrew title of the TV show Fame, so… no.

    The scenes between Amir and Yifat were adorable, but seriously, Amir, what the hell? You wife is ten minutes away from going into labor and you still won’t come home? Does the word “responsiblity” ring a bell? And she drove all the way to Tizinabi or wherever just to be with you, probably looking around her huge pregnant stomach the whole way. Hello? I’m a guy and even I know that’s a huge neon sign for GET YOUR ASS HOME ALREADY!!! Figure out if you’re Farmer Joe (which, in my opinion, you obviously are) after giving your wife the support she desperately needs delivering your first child, not before.

    You just know Nati’s brain is exploding even as he looks at those PG-13 photos, all the while Completely Missing the Point – which is not that she’s got a Naughty Tattoo and wasn’t always the innocent, cute hippie dati girl you thought she was, it’s that she lied to you about it.

    • Tehilla lied to Nati? Refresh my memory?

    • Amir can’t leave the farm until that old dude gets back from giving the kid a ride to the tironut base or wherever he’s taking him–who’ll watch and feed the goats? So sure Amir is responsible.

      • How long can a ride and back in Israel take? A few hours at most.

      • So then it’s the old goat farmer guy who’s being irresponsible, abandoning his farm and going off on a joy ride, not Amir! Until he gets back, who’ll watch the goats?

  4. More an omission than a lie, but the point remains the same – she dated Nati for an indeterminate period of time, but it had to be several weeks, if not months, and never told him she is a recent chozeret betshuvah and that her real name isn’t Tehilla.

  5. In anticipation of the inevitable:
    1]Is Urim ve Tumim available for viewing anywhere?
    2}Where can I watch “Asfor?” Is it any good?
    3}Other recommendations in the Israeli TV world?

    • I found both urim ve tumim and asfor on the youtube.
      Just search for them in Hebrew characters.
      I think the urim ve tumim was an “official” upload and it seeemed interesting and I enjoyed the one pilot episode I watched…I know asfor is supposed to be good, but I couldn’t get into it at all. I’ll have to give it another try, maybe.

      Don;t see how they will wrap up all of serugim’s plot threads in only three more episodes.

    • You should most definitely check out Masakhim (I think it’s called Screenz in English). The entire show takes place in a skype-like program, where two or more characters speak to each other through a computer screen. The stories are all written and directed by different people, and include some of the best writing and acting I’ve seen in Israeli TV. The concept is original and allows telling multiple stories at the same time without the viewer having a clue when and how one might end and be replaced by another.

    • If you want to stick to shows about datiyim, another good choice is Merchak Negia, a Romeo & Juliet-style show set in Bnei Brak between a secular Russian Oleh and a charedit girl. It recieved a lot of justified critical praise and the highest rating ever of an original Israeli TV drama. Sadly it was not renewed for a second season due to creative differences, so you can view it as an eight-episode long miniseries. I also know it got a DVD release.

      • I heard that “Litfos et haShamayim” is a good drama about what happens when a father becomes a chozer be’teshuva and the rest of his fanily stays secular.

        Is it worthwhile, TVGuy? I’ve looked for Internet version and not found it, except for short clips on the youtube.

      • What do you mean when you say “creative differences”?

    • I think it is still possible to find the episodes of he- Ḥazter, a Hasidic soap opera that was aired on the defunct ḥareidi Tekhelet channel back in 2003-5. They managed to film 26 episodes before closing up–the story wasn’t quite concluded but most of the loose threads were tied up in a satisfactory manner. Considering that it had no violence, sex or nudity, it was quite engaging–a power struggle over a Hasidic dynasty, a handsome undercover agent (posing as a misnaged cousin) looking for a hareidi Sicarii cell, tangled halakhic dilemmas, and plenty of romantic complications. The acting was impressive, reminiscent of classic Habimah formalism.

      • Thanks for posting this – I’ve started watching it. I read that production was stopped in middle b/c two of the actors became chozrei b’tshuva while they were filming and wouldn’t continue. Any idea which two?

  6. TVGuy: both Esther/Ester and Tehila/Tehilla/Tehillah are quite common and beautiful names. To verify this use google of facebook to search on those two names. When a person becomes ill, among datiim it is common to add a name to fool the Satan. Laizy is alluding to Re’ut perceiving herself as ill.

    • Well, that’s sort of the point, isn’t it? Reut is not sick, she’s trying to magically fix what she doesn’t like about her life instead of dealing with it patiently, then always ends up surprised when it blows up in her face. Also, if I recall correctly, no one said anying about adding a second name, only replacing it. Even Nati, who’s just as religious as she is, thinks she’s gone off the deep end.

  7. Predictions:

    1. Nati changes his name to Yossi and finds his true Jagger (v’ha-mayvin yavin).

    2. Hodaya finds her beshert is a haredi man. She not only returns to her roots but swings wildly right to become haredit and moves to Ramat Beit Shemesh spitting on 8 year old dati leumi girls, making her father ambivalent about whether he prefers Hodaya as hilonit or haredit.

    3. Yifat gives birth to twins, a boy and a girl. Amir realizes he prefers feeding goats to feeding kids (pun intended). Amir and Yifat divorce. Amir’s second. Amir goes from being a gaban & yogurtan to becoming a halban. The halban later becomes a mekubal.

    4. Re’ut (Esther) who did a wonderful haftara in Season 1, decides that egalitarianism is very important to her. See her in the sequel/spinoff called Srugot.

    5. Other potential sequels include Soragim.

    Love the show. Hope Laizy reconsiders.

  8. “Love the show. Hope Laizy reconsiders.”

    I will second that. D’you think if we got up a petition?

  9. I was thinking maybe Reut felt her name reminded her too much of Roi. I am not sure she has gotten over him.. But that parallel with Gaia/Esther is really interesting!

  10. Re:

    The American guy’s accent—I also cringe when I hear American-accented Hebrew. Does that make me a self-hating American? Why should Americans who speak perfectly good Hebrew be ashamed of our flat, very rhotic /rs/ and elongated diphthongy vowels? (Except when we pronounce Tel Aviv with a short vowel to rhyme with “live” and “give” like a lot of NYers do). At least that guy didn’t speak Hebrew with an Australian or South African accent, because that’s truly ludicrous.

    • The accent and the missing vocabulary are stereotypical and seems to be a legitimate prop. The ozzies, kiwis, brits, and south africans make their tees sound like Ashkenazi pronunciation of tzaddi, which can result in some pretty funny Hebrew puns. But the food order is just Laizy betraying himself. Mayo on top of that is adding insult to injury..

  11. So when the show gets canceled, will the blog be canceled?

    Maybe you should write srugim fan fiction!

    • I think Sarah and Shayna mentioned they had plans to recap season 1 as well (although to be honest I don’t remember much of it by now), so unless they change their minds this blog will stick around for a while.

  12. I think the dessert scene was meant to show how hopelessly repressed Amir and Yifat are. Where was the sex? Why didn’t they have any heart to heart about his unhappiness in Yeshiva and her underhanded role in landing him there? Why can’t she answer him directly about whether to move to the dessert? Why the evasive answers, “No need to rush into everything? …. I find their marriage tragic.

    Why is Reut playing agony-aunt for a second episode in a row?

    I think Azaria knows about Tehilla and Nati. The scene when Nati asks about her past is meant to tell us that. Azaria is not too bothered because he’s too self-absorbed to care.

    I also think that Amir’s putting on his jacket when Yifat arrived symbolized his shell of repression that he wears around her.

  13. Doesn’t Reut’s changing her name remind you of Yifat’s season 1 kiddush? Desperate pleas for desperate gals. But I guess the kiddush worked, since she was married by the next season…

    As for the American guy, oh boy, I’ve been there (well, an American girl) – on a date with an Israeli, speaking okay Hebrew with an awful accent, and having very little in common. It hurts.

    Tehillah and Nati, do you talk to each other? If you do, what do you say? Haven’t you been going out for a few months now, and you never discussed what her life was like?

    I don’t care how desperate you are, when someone sets you up, you say “can you tell me something about him?” Especially if it’s an aunt, because they love setting people up with their nieces/nephews (if my aunt is reading, thank you for setting me up on those dates. even though they didn’t work out…)

    • As for the American guy, oh boy, I’ve been there (well, an American girl) – on a date with an Israeli, speaking okay Hebrew with an awful accent, and having very little in common. It hurts.

      Exactly! It’s not just the language issue, it’s having very little common cultural reference, no common history, and usually quite a different outlook on life. I dated a few Israeli women when I lived in the bitza, and along with the above issues, one thing that I had great difficulty with was expressing my feelings properly in Hebrew. I mean, first of all I’m a guy, so expressing feelings in words is difficult enough as it is, now add the lack of nuanced language to that …. :-)

      I ended up marrying an American Olah.

      • Agreed about the lack of cultural compatibility , but she didn’t even want to give the brother half a chance, though How much did that have to do with his dorky American accent and earnest mannerisms, I wonder? I think a lot.

  14. The same little gags like name changing and kiddushim for girls and reciprocal absences by Yifat and Amir and Hodaya drifting in and out of relationships for no apparent reason,etc,etc. I confess to really looking forward to the show but I’m always disappointed at the end of an episode. This could be a powerhouse of a series with a real dramatic “wallop.'”Even the offbeat comedic interludes are pretty weak.Has there been anything as brilliant as the scene where Reut chooses between her two suitors somewhere back in season 1?Here are some of the almost endless possibilities which could have spiced up the series:
    1]A haredi character like Yochai in season 1. Would create excellent tension.
    2]Bring in Hodaya’s father. More good tension.
    3]Bring in Amir’s sefardic parents.
    4]How about an episode about Nati’s guilt over Mrs. Shvartz’s death? Where did that plot line go?Is any real psychological investigation into the human condition off limits?A religious doctor loses a beloved elderly patient and it’s off to goat land in Mitzpeh-Rimon?
    By the way the Anglo accent jokes are nauseating by this time. They should have been hung up to dry in the Stacy-olithic era in season 1
    Laizy. Tartei-mashma. Vehameivin…

    • There’s stil a few more episodes left. Time to get into a few of these (#2 and #3 anyway).

      My predictions of what I expect to happen vs. what I’d like to happen:
      * Yifat and Amir are happy parents, but they’ll be at least one more drama coming their way before they get there. That assumes that Amir can be dragged off of his goat farm to take responsibility as an “abba”
      * Nati and Tehilah come close but don’t get married. Two reasons for this: I don’t think Tehilah’s the type to be happy being with someone ultimately, and it completes Nati’s character arc (remember when he got his old girlfriend to break up with her fiance, and then dumped her?).
      * Reut becomes a single mother (adoptive or in vitro) – they’re foreshadowing that with her playing with her niece, and she’s the classic successful career woman. It also underscores the irony of being successful in a modern world and not successful in the traditional one, and there’s been some stuff in the press about single religious moms over the past year
      * Hodaya and Avri aren’t resolved conclusively – they’ll stay casual acquaintances, but one of them will keep the door closed to anything serious, and we’ll see it in the final episode. If I had to bet it would be Avri.

      That’s not what I’d like to have happen. What I’d like is Hodaya & Avri to get married in Cyprus with the whole chevrah and the father attending – a nice acceptance of diversity Israeli-style – and Nati & Reut to hook up. But that’s probably too American an ending

  15. To Mikey: Litfos et Hashamayim is very much worth it. The only real reason I haven’t already recommended it is because the show is, as you said, difficult to find by now. It’s superbly written and acted, however. It’s based on the memoirs of a real-life woman whose husband became chozer betshuvah and her attempts to cope, and while the source material was light-hearted and humorous, the TV show had a much more dramatic and harsher tone. It had two seasons, separated by no less than 5 years – but that’s Israeli TV for you. The only quibble I have with it is that season 2 distanced itself from the original premise of season 1, since so much time had passed, and instead went in a more topical and political direction. But at least it did so very, very well. Highly recommended.

  16. Aviva – I’m pretty sure Betipul was released on DVD.

  17. anybody have the link for episode 13?

  18. The hebrew Maariv web site nrg.co.il has an interesting piece about ohed knoler-nati. Not exactly leading a haredi lifestyle…

  19. What happened to Roi and Rivki????

  20. I think that the guy playing the American on the date with Reut is actually Israeli. He was so bad and exaggerated -it reminded me of when the Monty Pythons did an American accent. So phony. Still, the show is fun. (the previous American in Reut’s office is actually American-born. But he put on the lousy Hebrew and thickened up his accent too. Still wasn’t half as ridiculous as this guy.

    • @Arlene

      This is one of the worst exaggerated American accents I’ve seen in Israeli humor, particularly when “Gerald” speaks in English

      • I meant to say the accent sounds American when “Gerald” is speaking Hebrew, but sounds ridiculous where he is speaking English.

        Still, a decent attempt at “Borat”/”Ali G” -style humor, with most of the people on camera seemingly unaware it’s a put-on.

      • Not the worst I’ve heard – a few of my Modern Hebrew Ulpan classmates didn’t sound that different from ‘Gerald’. But they weren’t fluent speakers…so they have plausible deniability

  21. Mikey –
    If you do find “litfos et hashamayim” could you please let me know where. Thanks

  22. @Aviva–

    Alls I know how to is go and google:

    ,לתפוס את השמיים עונה 1″ you luck is as good as mine….I haven’t clicked on any of the results, as I am at work still, but it looks like some might work (or, conversely , catch your computer a virus!)

    Good luck!
    :-)

    • Re: litfos et hashamayim, try http://www.tvnetil.net/review/797
      (or you can search for any other program on http://www.tvnetil.net)
      you get a list of links, each of which you can plug in to fave.co.il, which brings up a list of sites that have the download. Many of them want you to join etc etc but I find filefactory usually works (although it makes you wait longer & longer after you decipher the ‘bot-screening ‘type this’ stuff) & fileflyer often does.

  23. A nice thing about this blog, besides the humorous recaps from the Srugettes, is discussing Israeli popular culture with fellow Americans and other Anglophones. Most of us commenting on this blog obviously have a decent command of Hebrew, at least passively, but I’m guessing the non-Israeli-raised among us would have a hard time commenting and contributing in Hebrew. So it’s nice to find a community of English speakers who have a love for Israeli and Hebrew pop culture. I find that the NY modern Orthodox, religious Zionist cohort I was raised in typically has an indifference bordering on disdain for modern Hebrew culture (whether secular or religious) even if they know some Hebrew and despite their ostensible passion for Israel and Zionism. I can tell you that I was considered an oddity in my (modern!) yeshiva day schools because I listened to Arik Einstein, ha Halonot haGevohim, cassettes and then later talking about the recent mashina and Etnix albums with my fellow American Srugim in the late 1980s/early 1990s and getting blank stares. Yet Israelis I meet either in Israel or the States inevitably insist on speaking in English with me after hearing my American accent! Anybody else grow up with similar experiences?

    • story of my life. and etnix is making a comeback! there was just an haaretz article about it. it is a small overlap of anglos who really appreciate israeli pop culture…..

      • And they’re all showing up here:-). I picked the live show CD with Eyal Golan at Borders when I first started getting into Israeli music around 2003, and we’ve seen them twice (last July at one of the Caesarea shows when we were in Israel on vacation; a good part of that show is on the Reshet Gimmel archives, or was). The recent CD “Gaguim”, with Matai L’Hazor & Ha’taam Shenishar is one of my favorite CDs of the past ten years (and my wife’s addicted to “Zeus”, which rocks the house). These days, Ze’ev Nehama is more creative than anything that, say, Bono or Bruce Springsteen is doing. Their studio efforts are just a hint of how dynamic they sound live.
        One thing I’d point out: they didn’t start out as ‘Mizrahi pop’, more like an Israeli version of 80’s synth pop & new wave (which in retrospect makes sense given the article and Nehama’s influences while living in the UK). The Mizrahi thing came later.

  24. I am re-watching this episode, & I have to say, when you watch & listen you are missing the sense of smell. When was the last time you were around goats? That is the very, but very last place I would go in my ninth month!

    Also re: Reut’s calculator. My accountant uses plenty of apps but he still adds things up on an old printing calculator so he can print the tape & put it in his working papers.

  25. I just noticed that when the old friend asked Tehila where she was headed, she said she is bringing some of her work (a parochet?) to a shul in Prague. Clearly old friend knew that’s what she did, even before her tshuvah. Is that common for a chilonit to do embroidery for Batei Knesset? Just strikes me as odd???

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