So far I am really enjoying my new job. It is a new experience for me to be working in an environment where I am the only religious woman (there are quite a few religious men for some reason, but not women). In a way I think it will “keep me on my toes” a bit. I always try to dress modestly, but now I am more careful in how I dress – since I am “the example”.
I am also the only one who lives in Yehuda and Shomron. Most of the people who heard where I live took it in stride, but one woman exclaimed (in horror? pained surprise?) “how do you get in every morning?” This is a frequent misconception about the Shomron made by people who live on the coast – that we are unbelievably far away.
I answered her honestly (and with a smile) that I take the car to the train station in Petach Tikvah and then the train – altogether it is a 50 minute commute. I had this devilish wish to pull her leg though…saying something along the lines of “well, first I round up the huskies and hook them up to the bobsled, then I …..”