This story is by Esther Malka Fein who made aliya three years ago from California. She is an English tutor, living in Yerushalayim. This story happened about two years ago.
On one of my crowded bus trips, a passenger unknowingly dropped his glasses. Without noticing the incident, the crowd was rushing to get off at the bus stop. Being a new Olah [immigrant to Israel], struggling with my new language, I couldn’t think of the word “eyeglasses” in Hebrew. So before the crowd had a chance to step on the glasses, I wanted to alert someone to pick them up. I stood up from my seat (in the back), pointed to the floor of the bus and screamed out repetitiously, “OFANAYIM, OFANAYIM.”
Everyone turned around to look at me. Ofanayim means bicycle, while mishkafayim (eyeglasses) is what I meant to say. Nonetheless, to my relief, my urgent sounding message prompted someone to bend down, retrieve the glasses and hand them to the person who had already exited from the autobus.
Glasses photo by LWY on flickr.
Bike photo by xddorox on flickr.