Sunday, April 01, 2007

Arieh Sachs

Last night, after cleaning our house for Pesach, I took my sister back home, to Jerusalem. She lives in Talpiot, just a few blocks away from Emek Refaim, so we stopped for a 2 am cornbeef sandwich. I dropped her off at home 20 minutes later, and began my journey home.

I have driven home from her house many times before, but this was the first time i had done so legally, with a valid driver's license. I wasn't paying close attention to where I was going, and was quickly lost.

There was a taxi in front of me, and I decided to follow the taxi. The taxi wa driving in the general direction that I thought I needed to be going, and I stayed behind the cab for a few minutes. We reached a traffic circle, and the taxi turned back toward the direction from where we had just come from. I didn't want the taxi driver to think I was following him, so instead of turning around behind the cab, I turned left, which was again in the general direction that I thought I should be going.

I drove down a street that got narrower and narrower, until I reached a point where I could go no further. I decided to try and retrace my steps, perhaps being able to find the road i was looking for.

I drove back up the narrow street, ready to make a right at the intersection.

I was curious where I was, and decided to look at the street name. I was very surprised by the name on the sign. For there, in hebrew, was my name.

There was a time when I would have gotten some help from my yeshiva buddies and "liberated" the sign. Now, I just want to go back one day with a camera, and take a picture.

When I came home I went to bed, but looked him up online this morning. With Veev's help to translate the hebrew, I discovered that Arieh Sachs was a poet and writer.

Arieh Sachs died 12 years before the web site we found was posted. The last thing we saw that wrote was written in 1988.


Anonymous The Shver said...

And now you know another fact about Israel; in order to have a street named for you, you need to be dead. It's the law!

April 01, 2007 7:19 AM  

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