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It Could Only Happen in Summer

Sunshine and sea breezes. Ices next to the basketball court. Sweet, satisfying seasonal jobs. New discoveries only a heartbeat away in Mishpacha’s Summer Reading Collection

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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unshine and sea breezes. Ices next to the basketball court. Sweet, satisfying work at a seasonal job. Summer offers the opportunity to get out of your routine, explore unopened gifts, or just stand and stare. And once you do, new discoveries are only a heartbeat away…

Story One (below) │ Story Two │ Story Three │ Story Four │ Story Five │ Story Six

 

Hungry in Holland

Rabbi Avrohom Katz

Summer 1966 was a good time for England. The England Football team had just won the World Cup, the sun of success shone, and three boys from Gateshead Yeshiva were planning their week-long bein hazmanim.

 

In those pre-EU days, the European Continent still enjoyed an aura of glamour and excitement, but a severe lack of funds necessitated the most austere of schedules. They decided to sail by boat toAmsterdam, hire bicycles there, and with a tent in their rucksack and the most basic of food supplies, cycle around the country and see whatever they could.

Hollandis the perfect place to cycle, as it’s completely flat. It is said that if you stand on the kitchen table, you can see the whole country. (But put paper on the table first. The Dutch are very clean.) The three intrepid cyclists rode from urbanAmsterdamto ruralHolland, passing windmills and dykes, but no one in clogs. They slept in barns, in fields; as close to nature — and spiders — as anyone would wish to be.

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