Spent Shabbat with different friends, one of whom was reading Alan Bennett on a hammock in her terraced garden.
Then, attended a shiur on this week's parsha, about sacrifice and the dispute between Rambam and Ramban on this subject.
The prophet Elijah came into this - and his set-to with the prophets of Baal.
Bit of a local hero, really.
The speaker suggested that it is not about synthesis, as this (like the syncretism he was talking about, I suppose) can end up a bit of a mess. Probably more about balancing opposites in our life.
As Yossi Klein Halevi put it so ably in a piece in last week's Jerusalem Post for Independence Day, it's about remembering that we were strangers in the land of Egypt, whilst also remembering what Amalek did to us.
'Be generous to the oppressed, and don't be naive'.
And then in the evening, was invited out to Zikhron Yaakov, in the hills near-by.
And found out that taking vitamins in non-food form may actually be bad for you, but that eating tomatoes in cooked form is good.