The Third Night of Chanukah 5777 – 2016

Chag Ourim Sameach – חג אורים שמח  – Happy Festival of Lights Ron and I are making the Chanukah rounds amongst the children. We spent Shabbat with Chanan, Shalva and Elyashiv in Kiryat Arba. Kiryat Arab was established in 1968 with a few caravans on a hilltop, overlooking Hevron. An illegal settlement over the green line. Today, a thriving city.   From Wikipedia: Kiryat Arba or Qiryat Arba (Hebrew: קִרְיַת־אַרְבַּע‎), lit. “Town of the Four,” is an urban Israeli settlement on the outskirts of Hebron, in the Judean Mountains region of the West Bank. Founded in 1968, in 2015 it had a population of 7,108. The international community considers Israeli settlements illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes...

Pre-Pesach Preparations for Yom HaAtzmaut 5776 – 2016

http://youtu.be/ISoUNJ68lVA I started this post on Sunday. Ron and I went to Sderot to get haircuts. As we turned into Sderot we had this wonderful surprise! While we were all “slaving” away cleaning for Pesach, Sderot was being all dolled-up for  Yom HaAtzmaut. May all of Am Yisrael enjoy a beautiful Pesach. May we merit the coming of the Masiach. Chag Sameach   Share this:TweetMoreEmailPocketShare on...

Am Yisrael Chai

In memory of all the fallen in this recent wave of Terror. May their souls cry up to Hashem. We are a Strong Nation! This is Our Land! Am Ysrael Chai! The Nation of Israel Lives!   Here’s a small collection of pictures I’ve saved or personally taken that describe why I love living in Israel. A little peace before Erev Shabbat. “Ding”. 7:25 am, first “Ding” of the day. So much for peace. Terrorist Attack. Stabbing. A couple of “Dings” later. IDF soldier stabbed in Gush Etzion.   Shabbat Shalom.           Share this:TweetMoreEmailPocketShare on...

Erev Yom Kippur – 5776 – Why I Love Living in Israel

I went to work this morning for a couple of hours just to get a few things done. First thing we do when we get to work is turn on the radio. Then I remembered why I love living in Israel. Only in Israel can you hear beautiful songs being played Erev Yom Kippur. I couldn’t figure out how to just record the music so I had to video something. I videoed the the Holiday book that we make for children. We make three books, www.kav-kav.co.il. Here is a small taste of Israeli radio, Erev Yom Kippur, 5776 I hope you enjoy.   Share this:TweetMoreEmailPocketShare on...

On the eve of Independence Day, Israeli population stands at 8,345,000

The statistics come out every year before Yom HaAtzmaut. I love to see how we’ve grown. I thought you might enjoy these facts. Copied from Jpost. The Central Bureau of Statistics released its annual report with key facts and figures on Israeli demographics on Tuesday, in anticipation of Independence Day. At the establishment of the State, 67 years ago, the population of Israel stood at approximately 806,000 residents compared to the current population rate of approximately 8,345,000 residents. The Jewish population stands at approximately 6,251,000 residents, representing 74.9 percent of the total population. The Arab population is at approximately 1,730,000 residents, representing 20.7% of the population. The remaining approximately 364,000 residents (4.4%...

Country Bows its Head to Honor 23,320 Fallen

Copied from Jpost. 116 soldiers, civilians lost their lives in past year; Knesset event to recount stories of lone soldiers. Mount Herzl military cemetery. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM) Israelis will come to a stop Tuesday evening to honor 23,320 fallen soldiers and civilian victims of wars and terrorism. A minute-long siren will sound out around the country a 8 p.m. After the siren, a memorial torch-lighting ceremony will take place at the Western Wall, attended by President Reuven Rivlin and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot. At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, a two-minute siren will sound, before a state memorial ceremony will commence at the Kiryat Shaul Cemetery in northern Tel Aviv, in the presence of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. At 1 p.m., a ceremony...