Long lost family
Shabbat Shalom, We were invited to Shabbat dinner at Yossi's house, but unfortunately this did not come to pass. So as night came, we decided to have a quiet dinner near the beach. After dinner, we walked by the sea and watched the sun set over the captivating Mediterranean. Saturday afternoon, Louie's cousin, Aaron picked us up to have an early dinner at his house. We arrived at his apartment with Rifka waiting in the kitchen. She had a beautiful table set for eight guests. We were introduced to two of Aaron's three sons and then Aaron's first cousin Shula came with her husband. Shula's husband was a retired general in the military. We sat at the table and discussed Israel and the differences between the two countries. He didn't want to volunteer any information about his service in the military, but did mention that he worked with NYPD. Rifka is an amazing cook. She made homemade Chopped Liver, Gefilte Fish, Roasted Eggplant, Roasted Cauliflower, Kraplach Soup, Yogurt Soup, Baba Ganoush, Tongue with mushrooms, Mash Potatoes, Schnitzel, Cauliflower pancakes, and to top it off peach cake. After dinner, Aaron showed us pictures of his family and we finally figured out how Louie and Aaron are related. Aaron's great-grandparents are Louie's great-great-grandparents. It is amazing that we could go back that far, but with figuring out how Aaron is related to Aunt Adele, we made the connection. We discussed that we would like to go to Caesarea together, because Aaron's best friend knows a lot about the area and he will be our tour guide. We are so lucky to have them to help us get around Israel. At this point, I feel like this is the best way to see a country. I don't think I could do a tour, because I like to take my time and enjoy meeting people and know what they think about the world.