Archives for February 2012

Parking Tickets & Electric Trains – Miraculous!

It is been a very successful day for us. This morning, after Shaharis, Rav Yair picked us up from Yeshiva and drove us to Yerushalaim. On our way there he gave us two red apples that we had never had before since we come to Israel and of course, they are very expensive for one to buy in Uganda so people of low income don’t really buy them. He brought us cookies which I was familiar with for many days in Israel but had known how it is called. It was ‘Tayim’ a Hebrew word meaning delicious which we learned from him.

Parking TicketsWe finally got into the city packing yard in Yerushalaim. He told us that the machine at the entrance would count the time our car would spend in the packing yard so he needed to pay for the time before it could let us out. It was really amazing! We then moved into the interior ministry office and our visas were extended to October 25th of 2012.In office, there was a three colour painted picture on the wall. My mind was captured and I kept look at it because it looked similar with our Uganda flag (Red, Yellow and black colours) and the lady in the office saw that I was really impressed with her picture therefore, she told us it was her own painting! Perhaps I was the first person to admire her paint since she came in that office. We became friend there and then. We then walked out of the office with a big smile on our faces.

Rav Yair took us to the new city of Yerushalaim and there, we saw two electric trains. It was like a miracle for us to see those trains that do not exist anywhere in Uganda. We took pictures of us at Rehovot Yafo( Jafo Street), Ben Yehudah street and then went to Yamin Moshe, the first Jewish home outside of Old Yerushalaim which was built in 1862. It was such a lovely warm day for us in Yerushalaim. After that, he drove us back to our new home in Israel.

We are very happy to be here.

New Experiences – Most Historical Day in My Life!

Our first week in Israel had us exposed to strange and good things that we have never been into before. We experienced the new and strange cold weather which was only 5 degrees Celsius and had  new food, such as salads, meat, new fruits that isn’t found in our village of Putti. Thursday night, we were served pizza for Dinah. I liked it very much that I can now crave for it. I ate four pieces and kept some that I ate the next morning because the Yeshivah does not have classes on Friday so they do not provide lunch. Evening of our first Shabbat in Israel, we went to Rabbi Ari Greenspan’s house for Dinah. We met his friend , Mr. Baruch with whom they discovered the natural blue ink from a sea shell which they now use to make Techelet for tzitzit. In the morning after prayers, we all moved into Rabbi Riskins house for Shabbath lunch. It was such a beautiful Shabbath  for us! The following Shabbath ( Shmot) we were invited into Tikoa where our teacher , Rav Menachem Wainberg lives. He has a very nice family of four children who are good singers. We had too much fun with his children singing both Ugandan and Israeli Shabbat songs. It was very amazing Shabbat for us. He took us around the village and we were able to view the mountains of Moab. Glad to be here that we can see these holy sites that are written in the Tanach.

We are impressed with how the transport system works here in that you can get a lift from one place to another at zero price. I am so proud to be in a Jewish society like this one. We have invitations every week for a Shabbat meal.  The people here are very friendly. We like the care and hospitality that everyone shows to us.

New ExperiencesLast Sunday ,we (Yeshivat Torat Yosef Hamivtar) went on a tour of the old city of Jerusalem led by Rav Yair Spitz and Rav Menachem Weinberg. Our first stop was to see where the Old City wall of Yerushalayim was during both the first and second temples. Then we moved on towards the “Kardo” where Rav Yair explained to us the layout of Yerushalayim under Roman rule. We took a spiritual break at Beit Knesset HaRamban for mincha, niggunim, and a shiur on Iggeret Haramban by Rav Menachem. Afterwards, we had a guided tour to the recently rebuilt Hurva Synagogue and even saw the discovered mikvaot found underneath the building. Our same guide then showed us around the Kotel Tunnel and we were able to see the newly found rooms discovered only three months ago. As well we had a peek at the shul built opposite the Holy of Hollies. Finally we davened Ma’ariv at the Kotel and headed back home from an exciting tiyul in the Holy City of Yerushalayim. This was the most memorable and Historical day in my life. We had heard stories about the Temple before. Therefore, it was a very special day for me and I pray that my people in Uganda should also get a chance to move here and see how the Western wall was built. Baruch Hashem for bringing me here.

I will be back with more stories. Thank you so much for your support. We really appreciate.


Looking Forward to Seeing Snow For the First Time…

Shalom Everyone,


Once again, I am very sorry for taking  long to update you about our experiences in Israel. Today I am happy to bring you a tip about our studies in this wonderful yeshiva ever since we came, nearly one and a half month ago! Upon our arrival here, Rabbi Riskin had a special speech, addressed to his students about our Jewish History and how he managed to find us in a very remote village of Putti! The following day, we walk up early for morning minyan and later we were introduced to the Rosh Yeshiva -Rav Yoni who also introduced us to our new teachers. That is Rav Menachem and Rav Yosef. We were very happy meet these wonderful knowledgeable Jewish teachers. Rav Manachem Weinberg conducted our first  session( Shiur) in Israel  that morning,then, we had another session  by Rav Yosef in the afternoon. Since then, these two scholars have maintained their teaching time table to us from Sunday – Thursday every week. We haveother extra sessions some days during the week by Rav Spitz and Rav Yoni about the Weekly Parasha and Rashi and other commentator on the Torah. One may ask if Rav Riskin is part of our Yeshivah teachers. The answer is yes except that he has a big responsibility of running many Yeshiva programs under Ohr Torah Stone so he travels a lot and so he is only able to conduct one general Shiur( class) once in a week. His teachings are inspirational and so every students loves him most.
I am glad to inform you that,during the short time we have been in this Yeshiva, we has manged to learn new concepts such as Hebrew vocabularies, Koshurut, daily teffilot and above all we have learnt the general duty of a religious leader of a community and we hope to learn more so we can bring back with us the knowledge to Putti which will help us to influence our members to do good as Hashem desires.


Last week on Tuesday, Tarphon and I was taken to an eye doctor in Jerusalem following Tarphon’s eye problem. Although I did not have any complains before, we were all checked, a sign which indicates how much this Yeshivah care about our health. The results showed that Tarphon had a simple problem which they manged to fix. It was very funny to me when Tarphon said he was unable to see for couple hour as he was scared he would loose his sight for ever. I kept telling him to be strong and not to worry about it.
Looking ForwardThank you so much for all your tremendous support. We are very happy to be here and hope our learning will be of much spiritual,moral and physical development to our Village of Putti.
We are looking forward to seeing Snow for the first time (Beezeret Hashem) tomorrow as many friend here have told us and I will be back with more stories.


Love you all,
Shabbat Shalom,