On September 13, 2013, I published the first of what would be a series called Seven Days In Jerusalem. The story was called “Sheitel.” In it, the “Tourist” comes to meet his old friend, “Chaim Glicksman,” to catch up on old times. Now, in the second installment, Chaim takes Tourist in and around Jerusalem to see the sites.
Photo by C.E. Ayr. Thank-you, sir.
I based this story on an actual anecdote told by our Israeli tour guide about an incident that happened while shooting a Frank Sinatra movie in 1969.
Chaim pointed at the field. “The stunt pilot for Cast A Giant Shadow got lost during the filming and landed here —- on what was our airfield.”
“They mistook it for a hostile act?”
“Hey, you set down your plane on property we use for our two-plane air force, the farmers will surely come at you with axes … which they did! So, the pilot, scared witless, got out of the plane, hands raised, yelled whatever Hebrew words he knew: ‘Shalom! L’chaim! Chutzpah! Gefilte fish!’
“The farmers rolled their eyes, threw up their hands in disgust and went back to work!”