Aryeh is a sabra. A sabra is a species of cactus indigenous to the hot dry soil of Palestine; and sabra is the name for one of those rare Jews (there aren’t so many of them yet) who have been lucky enough to be born in the Land of Israel.
Aryeh plays the violin with the Palestine Symphony Orchestra, and he was born in Rosh Pinnah. That is why, when he took us sightseeing, it was with all the fierce pride of a native son. Personally, I thought he was going a bit too far when he insisted that we trudge up a particularly steep hill, on a particularly hot afternoon, to look at a house that wasn’t particularly interesting or particularly old.
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