S: Singer Family in Israel 8/2011
BC: next year in Jerusalem
FC: Israel 8/2011 The Singers and KI
1: The Outer Wall 6,000 years ago | JERUSALEM
2: The Temple was completely destroyed in 70 CE (AD) This is the outer wall that Herod erected to surround the Temple for the common people to use. It is the closest remains to the Holy of Holies. | Men and Women divided at the wall The men's side is at least twice as big | 117 degrees F
3: Old Jerusalem | ...to roll carts through the city | Church of the holy sepulcre | The ramparts
4: Masada | Anna's Bat Mitzvah
6: Climbing masada 117 degrees f | approaching with confidence | harder than I imagined! | Dad, just leave me here | victory
7: This is one of the caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Isaiah is the only book that was found complete. All scrolls matched closely to the versions they were using. | Israel has created oasis out of the desert These are date palms
8: Can the Dead Sea water really hurt your eyes? | This mud cures anything!
9: Jerusalem after shabbat | Another of Amir's famous lectures | ...and another short walk! | intriguing additions
10: Jerusalem after shabbat | pomegranite and orange juice at $10 a cup! | inside jaffa gate
11: Portraits | Amir and Israel; guide and bus driver | KI sister synogogue
12: Herzl's grave | over the horizon comes a young man and woman bloody, battered. The nation looks -are these alive or dead? Who are you? we are the ones who have delivered the nation to you this day. we are your silver platter. amir shared his stories of the noise; explosions, screams + terror of battles that he witnessed in the army in 1967. | amidst the persecution of assimilated european jews; the dreyfus affair, the pogroms, herzl's prescience to insist upon and dedicate his life to a homeland for the jews ...and a "solution to the jewish problem" paved the way to the UN's acceptance of israel as a nation, which he did not live to witness.
13: Yad Vashem "...and to them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name (yad vashem) that shall not be cut off." Is 56: 5 | You enter a triangular tunnel at a point that protrudes from the earth...not on solid ground. Here you visit Jewish families celebrating, gathering freely, worshipping in song and dance. The tunnel is a metaphor. Their security is an illusion. You hear their stories of sudden outcast, being shunned, finallyblockaded into ghettos or herded onto trains, decieved..."yes bring your coats, your shoes." You are in a maze of tunnels following the narrowing freedoms and increasing harrassment in Germany, France, Holland, Greece, even the US refused Jewish immigrants sending them back to their torturous deaths. Finally you see the light of Jerusalem at the end. But as you approach there is a cliff between you and the prospect Eretz Yisrael...Jerusalem awaits.!
14: entrance to amphitheater | Roman ruins of Beit shean | The amphitheater | Floor of a bath house. Air warmed by fire - blown under the floor suspended upon these posts
15: mosaic floor synagogue of beit alpha | the marketplace on either side of this street was covered | The Toilets
16: Galilee | the sea of galilee is israel's mostsignificant fresh water reserve serving 70,00 people
17: evening fun at kibbutz hagoshrim
18: at kibbutz hagoshrim | 117 degrees at the dead sea
19: sea of galilee | at the grave of kibutzim pioneers
20: from one of our many buffets | shawarma: seasoned turkey with cabbage and lettuce | buffet in a chinese restaurant in Galilee | even Torah Turtle eats falafel in Israel!
21: The meals were often served buffet style. Breakfast offered fine cheeses; chevre, roquefort, Israeli "white". breads, egg dishes. meats. salads. yogurt with homemade jams from carrots or apples or any fruit. Dinners were no less impressive. There were always stations around the room. Amir says it is because Israelis don't like to wait! | pizza with green olives on the beach in Tel Aviv | Israeli Gourmandise | accompaniments to falafel in an Arab restaurant on Tisha B'Av curried cauliflour, tomatoes and onion, olives, pickles
22: ancient design from the foot of a pedestal upholding a canope for the king at the gates | Tel Dan Nature Reserve in the golan heights | The ancient gates where the king would sit when he visited, or the wise men would discuss "Justice is in her gates"
23: Jeep ride through the golan heights | At the border of Seria and Lebonon they courageously raise every crop imagineable; bananas, tomatoes, apples, pomagranites,watermelon, even corn for the cattle!
24: safed birthplace of kabbalah caro synagogue blue represents heaven | behind this door + curtain is where the women worship | "...and God said,..." the word is mighty...even holy. no writings are destroyed. Here is the resting place for old unusable books
25: Many ruins are still unexcavated. The romans had an intricate sewage system which was later used as a means of escape ending at the port | Acre / Akko One of the oldest continuously inhabited sites. Judges 1:31, Greek, Roman, Arab, Crusader, Ottoman,British, and finally Israeli (1948) This wall is a British prison on top of an Ottoman structure, built upon a Roman wall.
27: Thanks to the French Baron de Rothchild there is a flourishing wine industry in Zichron Yaakov
28: jacob wrestling the angel | ceasaria | abraham offerring Isaac | Hyroglyphics
30: typically Israel | "tent" demonstration in Tel Aviv protesting cost and availability of housing | which comes first? ...the tree ...or the seed | peaceful street demonstration in Jerusalem, in front of our hotel
31: the pomegranate | every place to eat has a beautiful clean place to wash with a 2 handled cup | Just as the TORAH has 613 commandments so the pomagranate has many seeds | typically Amanda
32: memorial to yitzhak Rabin ; tel aviv
33: Au Revoir Israel