The last several days brought me to Denver, Colorado. Wherever you are in Denver, the majestic purple mountains, the Rocky Mountains, loom large. As I enjoyed the view, I was struck by the beauty of Hashem's creation and awed by the presence of the mountains overshadowing everything.
Yet, I had to travel over a thousand miles across the U.S. to get such a view. So while the U.S. indeed is blessed with places of great natural beauty, it struck me that in Israel, such a change in view is available with an hour's ride.
While there, I was very surprised to enjoy the finest kosher restaurant meals I have ever had, at the East Side Kosher Deli & Restaurant. Don't let the name fool you, they've got an incredible fine dining restaurant hidden in there, and while the food exceeds some of the best I've had in New York, the prices are NOT New York prices. I'm not sure I could get an appetizer in NY for their entree price.
While at the restaurant, a meshulach (traveling charity collector) arrived, and I was surprised to see the familiar face of a fellow who visits our neighborhood as well. Indeed, we're all related everywhere.
Afterwards I headed to the East Denver Orthodox Synagogue, where they were having an excellent Gemora shiur (lesson). I really enjoyed the bit I caught before Minchah/Maariv services.
So, though I crossed the country, I found a great Torah lesson, a friendly face, a nice minyan, and a great kosher meal. My thanks to Hashem and the Jewish community of Denver for more than I expected.
(Denver photo slideshow.)
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