I tell you, I can see the redemption happening before my eyes!!
Two days ago I wrote a post about seeing signs of the redemption. You can scroll down a few posts to read it because I'm too lazy to post the link.
In that post, I jokingly said that grocery baggers would be another sign of our imminent redemption, because there's only one store that I know of in all of Israel that has them. Of course that's the American store that has tons of cheap, kosher American products at crazy high prices. Just because we live in Israel it doesn't mean that we should deprive our children (and ourselves) of Wacky Mac. Right?
Every other supermarket in Israel does not have grocery baggers. This was literally one of the hardest adjustments for me. I'm serious! I can't believe how much longer it takes to wait in line, plus bagging groceries, pushing an overloaded heavy shopping cart that refuses to go straight, plus putting all the groceries in your car. That's a lot of hard work! I'd gladly tip that overly qualified-looking guy in the picture to do all this for me. Not to mention, it makes the wait in line soooo much longer. Food shopping used to be fun for me, but not anymore. It's just too much work.
Never mind that I spend hours at the gym every day doing intense workouts. It's just different. You understand. Why do you have to find the closest spot to the entrance of the mall if you're going to spend the next two hours (at least) walking around? We humans are strange and complex creatures.
So, back to my point. Yesterday morning I did some last minute shopping in a new grocery store that opened up not far from my house. I went to the self checkout thingy as I always do at that supermarket chain, and started ringing up my groceries. I had brought two different fillets of salmon to the checkout, because obviously there were no prices on them and the stickers on the freezer didn't match up to the spot where they were sitting. Obviously.
So I asked the guy in charge of the self checkout thingies to tell me what they cost. Surprisingly, he started speaking to me in English. That right there was a shock, because this store is in a super Charedi area where Americans are afraid to venture, lest they get eaten alive, and second, because he was actually speaking to me. AND, he was so pleasant! After I decided which salmon I wanted, I went to put the other fillet back. When I returned, lo and behold, a shocking sight awaited me.
My groceries were sitting in my shopping cart, already bagged!
I thanked him profusely, and then went to pull out my credit card.
That's when I realized that I didn't have the credit card! David took it with him because he said he didn't want to be in the Ukraine without it. I think that was just an excuse so I wouldn't have unlimited, unsupervised spending ability. Like I didn't already. He can't read most of what's on that credit card statement because the stores are all in Hebrew or under a different name! In reality, he has no idea what I'm buying! Har, har, har!!
I had to take the receipt and go to the front desk, and of course there was no one sitting there. I asked three different people if they could help me out, and of course I stood there for nearly five minutes without anyone coming back. At this point, it was a serious test of patience. Finally, I got to pay and get out of there.
As soon as I got in my car, the irony hit me. Didn't I just say the day before that when people start bagging groceries this would mean the redemption was imminent?? And did it ever happen in the six years that I've been in Israel that someone else has bagged my groceries besides at the American store??
I started laughing. And laughing. Soon I was laughing so hard I was crying.
Hashem is amazing! You see? He listens to everything! He knows what we want, and He's happy to give it to us if that's what He feels is good for us.
OMG ANOTHER SIGN! I'm sitting on my balcony writing this, and there are drops of rain falling! Not much, but still - rain drops don't fall this early in the year!
I'm telling you, the Mashiach is here! Believe it and pray this Rosh Hashana with all your heart!
Now I have to go inside so I don't ruin yet another computer. I already ruined two in the past and cracked my phone screen this week. And last night I got a nail in my tire. Better check that out.
Wishing all of you amazing, special readers a happy and healthy Shana Tova and G'mar Chatima Tova!! Thanks so much for being a part of the Breslev Israel family! Your feedback and support mean so much to us. I am fully convinced that if we work together to continue bringing the teachings of emuna and gratitude to the world, we really can bring the redemption in the best, most joyous way possible. Here's to a wonderful new year filled with new opportunities and positive changes!
Oh, and you've just got to check out my delicious salmon recipe below!