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The Amazing Metal Work found in Israel

The architecture found in Israel is pretty amazing.

People have been building here in the Holy land since ancient times. And they left some pretty amazing buildings from the times that they lived here in Israel.

From the Western wall in Jerusalem, churches,synagogues, museums to apartment blocks build in the Bauhaus style - there is some pretty interesting buildings to see. And while you look around you a bit and try and figure who and when these buildings were build, have a look at the amazing metal work found here in Israel.

Sukkot - The Holiday of Little Huts

All the Jewish holidays have special customs and traditions that make then quite distinctive from each other.

So if you are eating doughnuts and lighting a menora, you know that is is Hanukka. In the Jewish New year, Rosh haShana, one eats pomegranates and listen to a shofar. At Yom Kippur you fast and in Sukkot you sit in a little hut.

What is the connection between pomegranates and the Jewish New Year?

Another year and another Jewish New Year, or rather Rosh haShana (the head of the year).
And again we see pomegranates ALL over the place! I mean like...EveryWhere!
There are pomegranates on the greeting cards we send each other for Rosh haShanaThere are heaps of pomegranates in the supermarketsThere are pomegranate recipes in every single newspaper and magazineThere are pomegranates, real and decorative ones, on the table during the Rosh haShana meals. As a matter of fact, pomegranate seeds are one of food stuffs that have a special blessing.The juice guys on the street corners are selling more pomegranate juice than everThe are even pomegranates growing like crazy all over Israel. They are practically 'dripping' from their trees.

The new Moshava park in Zichron Yaakov

A new park opened this summer in Zichron Yaakov with the usual pose and ceremony due to a major in an election year. But it was still easy enough to block out all the self-congratulating speeches and just enjoy the entire spectacle.
We had people standing in long ques vying for the right to buy an expensive hamburger or a small slice of pizza (yes, me too)Young children had various kids TV-personalities entertaining them from a temporary stageThe light water fountain changed colors and magicked all of usWe had the very popular Israeli band דג נחש (Fish Snake) playing their hits songs ( I am also a fan)It felt as if every young child in Zichron were climbing about on the spanking-new jungle gyms and monkey bars

The Jerusalem Pine of Israel - a hate/love story

I have always taken offense at the Jerusalem pine trees that one sees dotted all over the landscape here in Israel.
They are just too scraggy, skinny and needle-ly and let's be honest: UGLY. I mean just look at it...

You know you live in Israel....

You know that you are living in Israel when:

You get off your bicycle every five minutes to photograph the wild flowers.




The red poppies in the spring time have their photos taken ALL the time.



The Bahá'í Gardens and Temple in Haifa

One does not just find Jews, Muslims and Christians living in Israel. Also the followers of the Bahá'í fait have strong historical connections to this this tiny country. But in comparison to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the center of the Bahá'í is in Haifa, and not in Jerusalem.

Haveil Havalim number 397

"Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity." Kohelet 1 (Ecclesiates) 

A new year and another turn to host Haveil Havalim - a carnival of Jewish and Israeli blogs.The Haveil Havalim blog carnival was founded by Soccer Dad and every week a different blogger takes a turn to host a weekly collection of blog posts.

Israeli Beaches in the Winter

What do you do in Israel on a nice sunny winter's day?

You go to the beach of course!
The water may be too cold to swim in. (Except for a few brave souls whom I suspect of being former Russian immigrants :))And the lifeguards' huts are all boarded up.No umbrellas cover the beach cheek by jowl.And the smell of coconut suntan lotion is absent...

Safta Yocheved's Bageles (Granny Yocheved's small bagels)

It may not come as a surprise to you that we eat a lot of bagels here in Israel.

Jewish communities from Poland brought them to Israel, just as they brought bagels to the States, Canada and England. And from there the bagel basically conquered the world. The astronaut Greg Chamitoff even took a few bagels with him abroad the space shuttle Discovery.