Anyway, you know how it goes, you get a package ticket in the mail and you look forward to seeing the actual package. Because you don’t really know who it’s from or what it contains there is some excitement which builds until you get the actual parcel.
So the moment finally came. I made it through the line and the post-man finally found my package. It was actually three packages. Actually three letters. Three letters from the police. That’s not good.
Three traffic violations caught on camera in the same exact place three days in a row. Included are 250 NIS fine each. That’s 750 NIS! Must be a mistake.
So I go to the police. They were very nice and they showed me the actual photographs of my violation. Yes, it was me, making a turn unto a public (bus and taxi) lane. Bad Yishai!
The nice Police woman told me that she would make a call for me, to see if I could get a reduced fine. The less-nice police women on the other end of the line said that there is nothing to do. Pay up.
The nice cop lady said she was sorry that she could not help. I told her that it’s ok. You see, I told her, my sister is going in for serious surgery tomorrow, to cut out some cancer – so this is no big deal. Maybe these three tickets are a kapara, an instrument of forgiveness, for me, and hopefully, my sister.
So I went to another post office to pay. But they want cash to pay this ticket. But I don’t have that kind of cash on me. So looks like I have to pay it tomorrow – on the 17th of Tammuz – the minor Jewish fast day which commemorates the breach of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple.
So tomorrow morning I will go, with the help of G-d, and pay money to the coffers of the renewed city of Jerusalem on the 17th of Tammuz, the day that marks the beginning of Jerusalem’s destruction so many years ago.
If there will ever be a man who will be happy to pay traffic violation tickets on a fast day, it will be me, tomorrow, in the renewed Jewish Quarter post office. I will pay it with every intention to take part in the rebuilding of Jerusalem on this special day. I will also be carrying a prayer in my heart that this “charity” will be a merit for my sister, Rachel Chaya bat Zhenia Tziona who will have a speedy recovery and will be totally healed – like Jerusalem.
Your prayers are also appreciated for both.