|Walking down Ben Yehuda street (A main shopping street in Jerusalem) we saw something funny. An apparently observant, american sounding, hippy Jewish guy with a long beard got in a shouting match with a hippy of similar description with the addition of rubberbands around his beard as if he were some sort of mid 80's rastafarian rapper. They exchanged insults such as: "You are a Christian", "What, are you trying to get attention by putting rubberbands in your beard" and "you don't even go to synagogue." The heated debate could have been something right out of Cheech and Chong, but it would have been chong arguing with himself and he would have been jewish. The other great thing about the argument was that the whole time it was occuring, some tall shirtless red headed jewish raver who had sucked on a few too many extacy pills was techno dancing right next to them and sometimes right between them causing them to be mad at raverboy. Finally a wannabe reform rabbi broke up the debate by telling Shlomo Garcia (Jerry's jewish brother) to be the bigger man. Then he pretended to be the other hippy and said "i am sorry" to Shlomo and then walked away laughing.
We went to the kotel (western wall) and said hi to our favorite friend, God. God says hi back to you all.
In the old city marketplace Dan learned that the best bargaining technique is to actually not want something because in trying to just leave a store he somehow bargained from 200 shekels to 80 shekels for a necklace he had no interest in. In the same market place, Ben learned that if you walk into a store when someone tells you he just wants you to look around and you dont have to buy anything, it actually means that they want to stuff some sort of string of stuffed chickens in a bag for you and grab your arm until you have to bargain to have it back.