When Katyushas fly in the north, and you feel like there’s nothing you can do, there’s only one thing to do. Take your adorable little cousins and go to the Tisch Jerusalem Zoo, where they seem to have every animal you could imagine, in big, mostly outdoor cages that actually don’t look a whole lot like cages.
Located in the rolling hills of Malha, known primarily for its Kanyon (mall) and the technology district (where my brother used to work), penguins and tigers and bears (oh my) share space with elephants and monkeys and birds. Except not literally, because they’re not equipped to live peacefully with each other no matter what The Lion King, Ice Age and Madagascar would have us believe. (Stupid animated movies with no basis in reality…)
Yes, that’s right–these bears were pretty darned close. This is without the zoom lens on my camera, and you’ll note the absence of bars or netting. I certainly did.
And despite the above post title, there were no dinosaurs at the Zoo. Jews, however, were in abundance. Go figure.
And now, a picture of an elephant. That’s “pachyderm,” not “phylactoderm.” I’m not sure “phylactoderm” is a word, but if it is, best guess is that it means “someone who wears tefilin (phylacteries) on one’s skin.”