Monthly Archives: November 2015

Post 252: Yad Sarah Emergency beepers available from Yad Sarah to protect lonely and aged and Day Rehab Program *6444. Looking for the best for our Lar for Heart Rehab. On Thursday night 10th December, the Jerusalem branch of the Michael Levin Lone Soldier Centre are holding their annual Chanuka party for our AMAZING and INSPIRATIONAL Lone Soldiers

Emergency beepers available from Yad Sarah to protect lonely and aged


The Yad Sarah organization, which has distributed emergency beepers to 20,000 people who live alone, is ready to lend out more to prevent attacks such as the one involving a 78-year-old woman in Jerusalem’s East Talpiot neighborhood this week.

An assailant got into her home and attacked her foreign worker, stole a safe and ripped a gold necklace from her neck.

“If she had had an emergency beeper and contacted our center, maybe the violent incident would not have occurred, said the voluntary organization’s spokesman David Rothner on Wednesday.

This episode brought home to me the following: Even though an ill person is able to stay alone for a few hours, the idea of leaving the door unlocked is not wise. A child may leave a parent on his/her own and ask then to leave the door unlocked should an emergency occur. However, the elderly trotting along with a walker cam be easy prey. they can be followed home and assaulted.

After a one-time payment of NIS 400 and a NIS 100 deposit, the beeper is made available, and users can contact Yad Sarah, a doctor, police, an ambulance, relatives and others at any time using a button on a bracelet. The beepers, which are installed and maintained for the fee, have often saved lives, said Rothner. No monthly fee is charged, unlike those sold by commercial firms.

Yad Sarah Managing Director Moshe Cohen speaks about Yad Sarah’s 20 unique and unprecedented services.* Below is what he conveyed when he took part in Yaniv Meiri’s “Kol Barama” radio program, together with other directors of charitable and rescue organizations.

Yad Sarah Managing Director Moshe Cohen described the uniqueness and scope of his organization’s services as that which surrounds the patient with a wide array of twenty recovery and nursing services from the moment of his hospital discharge, and even preceding that. He and other directors of charitable and rescue organizations were broadcast during Yaniv Meiri’s radio program on “Kol Barama.”


Mr. Cohen emphasized that Yad Sarah, soon to celebrate 40 years of achievement, becomes involved in life saving and rehabilitation right after the first critical moments. The goal is to return the patient to full functioning.

As increasing data reveals the mortality rates from hospital-based infection, he said, interest increases in the home hospitalization program offered by Yad Sarah. Continuing studies stress the importance of home care: rehabilitation at home, surrounded by a loving family, prolongs life.

Yad Sarah’s managing director explained the concept of all-embracing care at length. The list begins with the well-known loan of remedial and rehabilitative equipment, continuing with the service of nechonit vans for transporting the wheelchair-bound, and then to connection with emergency call centers, and on to rehabilitative day centers. The above is only a partial list out of twenty services offered to the Israeli community.

The managing director noted that the scope of this generosity is unparalleled among nonprofit Israeli organizations: over six thousand volunteers work in 107 branches throughout Israel, both in the center of the country and in the periphery, after they have received appropriate specialized training.

Many of them, Mr. Cohen said, are prepared to deal with difficult emotional experiences. This is so, for example, when a volunteer is exposed to the painful memories of an elderly person who is a holocaust survivor whose life story is being documented for his own sake and for future generations.

It’s trying also when a young call center volunteer is required to be calm and levelheaded, needing to respond quickly and carefully to an emergency call for help. Her assessment of the situation and corresponding reaction could save someone’s life.

Mr. Cohen described how it came about that the president and founder of Yad Sarah launched the program which enabled thousands of subscribers to summon help immediately when needed, assuring increased security for them and for their families. When he visited the home of an elderly woman who had fallen near her door, key in hand, it was obvious that had she been able to summon help on the spot her life could have been saved. The conclusion was undeniable: Mutual concern and communal responsibility demanded the establishment of an emergency call center which would enable every Israeli citizen, without a continual financial outlay, to connect with the assistance required at a critical moment in his life. Lives needed to be saved.

Mr. Cohen described an additional aspect of Yad Sarah’s unending efforts: The professional teamwork in the day rehabilitation centers, which accept those who are recuperating from serious, incapacitating illness, or accident victims. They arrive in a broken physical state, and the team, with love and professionalism, slowly returns them to fitness so they can return to function within their homes and families.

Yet another aspect: transportation services through the fleet of nechoniyot vans: in snow, in periods of emergency, from home to hospital and back again. A fleet of vans that leaves no one “stuck,” and especially those who await urgent medical attention or life-saving equipment. This, in all kinds of weather conditions.

There was a general consensus in the radio studio, including the directors of charitable and rescue services who were present – and also the moderator. Yad Sarah’s renowned service of medical and rehabilitative equipment has great importance for every Israeli family. and YAD SARAH IS MUCH MORE THAN THE LOAN OF WHEELCHAIRS.

We have much to celebrate not the least of it is the splendid air, and that fact that the people are not bothered by trifles. I joined the line for the usual errands, medicines, blood test, appointment checking, sunglass frame fixing, buying nuts from vendors, buying fruits and vegetables, requesting information regarding compression stockings.

The morning can be summarized as information and supplies crossing lines of communication, and the most crucial were getting medical supplies and getting a blood test.

The people on the front lines suffer the most stress. They are the medical workers: the pharmacists and the staff drawing bloods. The elderly in both situations are on edge; because generally elderly people are like that. The children accompanying their parents sit patiently as mom and pop strut to the counter, like a horse bracing for the opening bell. Sometimes the worker can’t draw blood from mom and pop. I marvel at their equanimity.

Then on Jaffo Street between  shuk Nahanah Yehuda and Davidka, I heard the approaching sirens and yet sensed another Peguah – this time in Romema on Sangar Street. And then I turned and heard the cries of young people marching to celebrate Chanukah!. What a contrast! My initial reaction was a sinking feeling in my stomach knowing that someone was in jeopardy. Out came cell phones. The storeowners along Jaffo knew that the attack was not in very close proximity judging by the speed of the police cars. I suspected that the attack could be near the Central Bus Station and that made the sinking feeling go deeper. I was buying glass jars and saw that the owner had extreme patience with several customers who were bargaining with her. I noticed the high level of patience offered by the pharmacist earlier. My pharmacist worked on my bill and I overheard in line 3 next to me the current of the words, more that the meaning. When the customer raised his voice in confusion about instructions, the Arab pharmacist lowered his. Like two forces of nature with one yielding while that other pressed on. IMG_20151129_120525

Yes, Chanukah is around the corner.

On Thursday night 10th December, the Jerusalem branch of the Michael Levin Lone Soldier Centre is holding their annual Chanuka party for our AMAZING and INSPIRATIONAL Lone Soldiers.

The greater Katamon community and GIFT Israel ( have been asked to prepare the food for this event.

All you need to do is to contact Hannah about what you would like to contribute and then deliver the food to –
Family Cohn
13/2 Halamed Heh Katamon by 12 pm on Thursday.
Volunteers will then pick up the food and set up for the party later on that evening in Mirkaz Ha “Ir.

Please feel free to forward this email on to anyone you think might be able to help.

Thank you

Wishing you a Happy Chanuka – and lets spread the light.

Hannah 0545 665 248

Latkes, apple sauce salads, drinks, etc.

GIFT Lone Soldier Chanucka Meal


Post 250: Website of Betuach Leumi (Hebrew) Great looking menu for Jerusalem restaurant-Igen Migen Hab a Fligen* Freezer Meals: 5 Simple Tips for Freezing Any Soup-2 Spinach Soup recipes I also find it quite surprising but understandable that Betuach Leumi will not answer a question without the following information:
מספר תיק (9 ספרות)

מספר תעודת זהות (9 ספרות)

מספר קוד בנק + סניף (סה”כ 5 ספרות)

מספר חשבון בנק

These mean the location of your bank and your account number!

Igen Migen Hab a Fligen*
by Sybil Kaplan
Photographs by Barry Kaplan
*This is what Israelis used to say to tease Hungarians.

Igen Migen
Yaffa 35/Nachlat Shiva 2- Looks great but I have to pass- maybe try to recreate one or two of the dishes at home.

(By new Hamashbir, walk down Solomon Street a few feet, to just before Danny Azoulay. Turn left down path straight ahead. Opposite back entrance of Shanty Bar with black awning over door is this restaurant.)

Phone – 054 954 9608
Kashrut — Bet Din Yerushalayim, Mehedrin
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 12 noon to 11 p.,m.; Friday, closed;
Beginning December 1, Saturday night, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Igen Migen is a delightful place to eat Hungarian food for many reasons. Rafael Kohn was born in Hungary and has been in the food industry 20 years in coffee houses, bars and restaurants, in Hungary, Canada, Belgium, Holland and England. He came to Israel in 2012 and decided he wanted to open a kosher chef restaurant.

Igen Migen opened eight weeks ago, just before Rosh Hashanah and, if those who came to eat the evening we were there is any indication, the word has really gotten round quickly.

After interviewing eight chefs, Kohn hired Yochanan Lambiasse, with eight generations of chefs in his family from southern Italy. His father had moved to London, and so he grew up there and studied to be a chef there. He has been in Israel since 1993. He tells us all the fish is fresh every day as are the vegetables and fruit.

The restaurant is small, seats 22 in a sukkah-like patio but can be expanded to 40 and will soon be rebuilt differently. There is no special décor; the tables are black and the tub chairs are an orange, black and beige wicker look. A lit candle adorns each table.

Before we began to sample, what impressed us the most (and continued throughout the evening) was the personal touch of the owner, the chef and the bar tender with the customers. Dan, the bar tender, originally from the San Francisco Bay area, grew up next to the wine region in California, surrounded by orchards. His chatting with customers, recommending special wine to go with their food, showed his hobby, his passion and his knowledge.

Until now, the restaurant has been using a “soft opening” menu; the new menu has just been created.

The brand-new winter menu offers cold drinks, beers, alcohol, and seven wines plus special wines the waiter can explain.

On the new winter menu, there are six starters (NIS 24 to NIS39).-6$-10$

Our first tasting was the starter Savolyai kalacs (NIS 39), which is listed on the new menu under “Taste of Hungary.” This full portion consists of two layers of brioche dough, in the shape of a sunburst, with cheese in the middle and topped with toasted sunflower seeds before being baked. Accompanying the beautifully made, pull-apart bread were four dips: korozott, a cheese dip; olives, figs and mint tapenade with a delicious strong black olive taste; herb and sun-dried tomato pesto; and a roasted red pepper dip. The brioche was very attractive and appealing, and the dips were particularly flavorful.

Next was the full portion, warm, fried polenta with Roquefort cheese and a roasted pear, flavored with Parmesan cheese and basil and a balsamic mint glaze (NIS 38).
Garnished with pomegranate seeds, it was not only attractive, but the cheese and the pear were the dominant tastes, especially pleasing for my companion who loves Roquefort cheese.

There are three soups, all served with rustic focaccia bread, which we did not taste (NIS34-NIS36). There are 4 salads (NIS49 to NIS56) also, which we did not taste.

There are 8 main courses (NIS56-NIS129). The main course we tried was a full portion of sea bass with lightly curried vegetable rice (NIS 120) and a light tasting lime honey sauce. The fish had been fried but was very light with no fishy taste. The garnish were globs of mayonnaise and dill and catsup.

One more main course was a full portion of rakott krumpli (NIS58), in a lovely white casserole, listed on the new menu under “Taste of Hungary.” These layers of potatoes with hard-boiled eggs had grated cheese and a sour cream sauce, garnished with Hungarian paprika before being oven baked. The cheese tasted like cottage cheese but was particularly delicious; we could taste all the other ingredients, none of which were overpowering.

On the winter menu are three side dishes which we did not try (NIS 26).

Owner Kohn and the chef would not let us leave until we tried two Hungarian desserts. There are 6 on the winter menu (NIS 36 to NIS 42).
A full portion of Szilvas gombo (NIS36) is a special plum pudding with vanilla cream, garnished with confectioners’ sugar. Stewed apples were on either side, and all were just the right sweetness.

Palacsinta (NIS38), the Hungarian pancake, came with an apple and buttered crumb strudel filling and confectioners’ sugar on top. This was an exceptionally large portion, not too sweet and beautiful to look at before eating. Needless to say, eating it was delectable.

Mention mist be said that all of Chef Lambiasse’s presentations were exceptional.

Interestingly enough, for such a new restaurant, all the people who were there during the evening we attended, had heard about the restaurant from someone who had eaten there or had eaten there before themselves.

If you have never tried dairy Hungarian food, Igen Migen is definitely the place to come with friends and enjoy.

The author and the photographer were guests of the restaurant.

Freezer Meals: 5 Simple Tips for Freezing Any Soup

Soups are one of the easiest and most reliable dishes to freeze. And by reliable, I mean that you can come home from work, warm up a bowl of frozen soup, and know without a doubt that it will be delicious. So make a double batch of the soups you love most and freeze some for later with these tips.

Many of the rules for freezing soup basically simmer down (…pun intended!) to holding back the ingredients that won’t freeze well and then adding them back in when you reheat the soup later. If you’re making some soup to eat now and some to freeze, just scoop out the portion you want to freeze before adding these final ingredients.

1. Hold Back the Cream: Cream and milk tend to separate and become grainy if frozen. It’s easy enough to freeze the soup without this ingredient and stir it in while re-heating. Non-dairy milks like soy milk and coconut milk theoretically freeze better, but I still find the soup is best when they are added later.

2. Hold Back the Pasta: Pasta turns to mush after freezing. Completely unappetizing. It’s much better to boil fresh pasta and add this directly to the reheated soup.

3. Hold Back Any Ingredients Added in the Last 5 Minutes: Ingredients like fresh herbs and eggs tend to be very delicate, which is why they’re added so late in the game. This makes it likely that they won’t stand up well to being frozen and will taste better if added fresh. (The exception to this that I come across most frequently is canned beans, which do fine when frozen.)

4. Slightly Undercook Vegetables: The vegetables will cook a little more when the soup is reheating, so freezing while they’re still slightly underdone prevents vegetables from turning to mush later on. This is an especially good tip to remember with potatoes. Again, if you’re making some soup to eat now and some to freeze, scoop out the portion you plan of freezing before finishing the soup you plan to eat.

5. Freeze Small Portions: Smaller portions are quicker to warm up for a weeknight meal and easier to arrange in a crowded freezer.

Soups That Freeze Best: Bean soups, vegetable soups, broth-based soups, soups with brown rice or wild rice, pureed soups, beef and chicken soups.

On a final note, remember to date and label all your containers of soup. Soups tend to all look the same once frozen, so you’ll be glad you did!

Cream of Spinach Soup Recipe Healthy Blender Recipes
Prep time: 15 minutesCook time: 40 minutes
Yield: Serves 6 to 8.

Spinach Soup
2 cups chopped fresh spinach – packed – (or 1 10-oz package frozen spinach, thawed)
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup butter/olive oil
3 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered (about 1 pound)
1 1/2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarian option)
1 1/2 cups water
2 chicken bouillon cubes (or vegetable bouillon cubes for vegetarian option)
2 cups half-and-half
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup sour cream
Optional: chopped chives and/or ground allspice for garnish
1 In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté onion in butter for 3 minutes or until limp. Add potatoes, chicken broth, water, and bouillon cubes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Add spinach and cook for 2 to 4 minutes longer until spinach is tender.
2 Working in batches, purée soup mixture in a blender. Return to saucepan. Whisk in half-and-half, salt and pepper.
3 Over low heat, bring to just before simmering. Whisk in the sour cream. You may want to use an immersion blender to get the sour cream fully incorporated.
This soup can be served hot or chilled. Garnish with chopped chives, sprinkles of allspice, or a dollop of sour cream.

Vegan Cream Of Spinach Soup
I-Dream-Of-Spinach Soup

1 head garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup (20g) finely chopped green onions (mostly the white part)
1 cup (100g) sliced red onion
Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
1/4 cup (33g) diced celery (about 1 rib)
1 cup (135g) diced zucchini
1/4 cup (12g) finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
4 cups (960ml) vegetable broth (I use Massel)
2 cups (86g) firmly packed baby spinach
1/4 cup (35g) blanched slivered raw almonds or 1/4 cup (35g) raw cashews, soaked
freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 ̊F (180 ̊C).
Cut off the top of the head of garlic, wrap the bulb in aluminum foil, and roast it on a baking sheet for 30 to 40 minutes, until tender. Allow the bulb to cool and then squeeze the garlic pulp out of the husks. This should yield 2 tablespoons or more of roasted garlic. Set aside.
Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Add the green onions, red onion, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and saute for 5 minutes, until the onions are translucent. Add the celery, zucchini, and parsley and sauté for 5 minutes more.
Stir in the roasted garlic and the vegetable broth. Increase the heat to high and bring just to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the spinach and simmer for 5 minutes more, until the leaves are just tender.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the soup to cool somewhat. Stir in the nuts.
Pour the soup into your blender in batches and puree on high for 1 to 2 minutes, until smooth and creamy.
Return the soup to the saucepan and warm over medium-low heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.
Serves 6 as a starter, 4 as a main.

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Post 251: Large Estate in Danger of Being Lost to the Jewish People Forever in the Negev- Save lives with cameras- Walking the country- Where to get special shoes for walking-Roasted Vegetable Orzo- from 101 Cooks-for after your hike

Large Estate in Danger of Being Lost to the Jewish People Forever
The Israel Land Fund recently learned of and investigated a large equestrian ranch and tourist facility in the Negev, near the southern Israeli city of Arad in imminent danger of being sold to Arabs.

The ranch encompasses an area of 6.5 dunams and includes full equestrian facilities, Private residence, workers quarters, dining/event facilities, a merchandising area, parking lot and more.

The price for this beautiful ranch is 4.5 million Israeli shekels.

The sellers are elderly and can no longer maintain the property. Thus far, they have received several offers, but only from Arabs. The owners are willing to sell for less in order to keep the ranch they built in 1966, in Jewish hands.

If you or anyone you know can help us save this beautiful ranch, please contact the ILF immediately

One Simple Way You Can Save Jewish Lives in Jerusalem

As many of us are all too aware, the security situation in Jerusalem has taken a dramatic turn for the worse. In addition to the widely reported stabbing attacks occurring on a regular basis, residents of eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods are living with a daily onslaught of rock attacks, firebombings, attacks with incendiary firework devices and vandalism.

We at the Israel Land Fund have helped to equip residents with various forms of self-defense and emergency equipment and have found one particular piece of equipment that has proven to make an immediate difference for the Jewish residents of eastern Jerusalem. Surveillance cameras.

We have seen a consistent decrease in attacks once a camera system has been installed, and when terrorists do attack these areas, they are more likely to be brought to justice. These camera systems have provided Israeli forces with crucial intelligence in situations where time is of the essence. Several terrorists have already been identified by ILF cameras and arrested by Israeli security forces, saving property and lives.

We at the Israel Land Fund are turning to you, our supporters, to help us install more cameras in neighborhoods like Beit Tzafafa, Beit Hanina, Armon Hanatziv, the Mt. of Olives and others.

Each camera system (with microphone) costs 4,600 Israeli Shekels, including installation. We are seeking to purchase 10 of these systems.

By enabling the Israel Land Fund to install these crucial systems, you are saving lives and making an immediate impact on Israel’s battle with terrorism.

Please contact the ILF for more details


Israel Land Fund | P.O. Box 725 | Jerusalem | 91007 | Israel
November 25, 2015

About six weeks ago I took this picture with a family in the Hadassah Family Room on the ninth floor. I approached the young man on the left and started chatting in my broken Arabic. This photo was taken on October 15th. The gentleman to my left was a Hebrew speaker and together we read a segment in my Arabic book. Then suddenly his wife called and he thrust the book back at me. It was a very funny moment.

The Big Beautiful Negev
By Steve Kramer

The Ezra club is made up of expatriots in Israel from the far flung reaches of the British Empire.
The ESRA Hiking Club ( ventured south to the hills of the northern Negev recently for one of the most beautiful hikes that I’ve done in Israel. We were heading towards the Yeruham Park and Lake, where there are green groves and a manmade lake in the middle of the desert. After years of neglect, a sewage recycling plant was finally constructed on the outskirts of Yeruham by KKL/JNF (Jewish National Fund), helping to revive the lake and make this park an unexpected pleasure.

The Negev Desert accounts for more than half of Israel’s land mass. It was included in the territory allotted to a Jewish State in the 1947 UN Partition Plan and was hotly contested in Israel’s War of Independence. The Negev extends all the way to Eilat on the shores of the Red Sea. Developing the sparsely populated Negev was the dream of David Ben-Gurion, the monumental Zionist figure and the first prime minister of Israel.

On the way south, we passed close to Beersheba, the “capital” of the Negev. Our excellent guide Reuven pointed out the possible origins of the city’s name: either 7 wells, or the well of the oath. The Biblical reference relates that Abraham and King Abimelech (the king of Gerar) entered into a covenant there (Genesis 21:31).

The skyline of Beersheba has grown dramatically over the last few years, and with a current population of more than 200,000, Beersheba is Israel’s 7th largest city. Several years ago the government, perhaps with Ben-Gurion’s dream in mind, decided to move the bulk of the military establishment to the Negev, near Beersheba. This has driven growth by defense industries which are building factories close by and consequently, residential housing for soldiers and workers.

The Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba has greatly expanded its campus; its student population numbers 20,000, with more than a third in graduate studies. Close by is Soroka Medical Center, Israel’s 4th largest, which is the teaching hospital of Ben-Gurion’s School of Medicine.

The $1 billion Gav-Yam Negev Advanced Technologies Park (ATP) is a massive project to revitalize the Negev Desert by making it a major player of the “Startup Nation.” The project is a joint effort by the State of Israel, the Beersheba municipality, Ben-Gurion University and KUD International, a consortium of US and Japanese investors. It specializes in top-tier cyber-security and communication companies. Upon completion it will be one of the largest startup ecosystems in the country. (

As we passed “unrecognized” Beduin encampments with no infrastructure, Reuven explained that the Beduin problem has not yet been resolved. He believes the Beduin are winning, because many of their primitive encampments have been legalized, despite the State of Israel policy of building large towns with modern amenities for the Beduin to inhabit. The organization leads the fight against the Beduin land grabs in the Negev. The Beduin are supported by the EU, individual European states, and numerous anti-Zionist non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The weather was perfect for hiking. As we progressed through the relatively barren desert landscape, we were on the lookout for winter flowers, signs of animal life, and beautiful views. Eventually we reached a viewpoint from where we could see the lake, with the desert town of Yeruham beyond it. On the far side of the town is located the Great Machtesh (crater), one of the Negev’s major attractions. We could just make out the location of the crater’s edge.

Yeruham is the site of Tel Rahma, dating back to the 10th century BCE. On the outskirts of Yeruham is an ancient well, Be’er Rahma, which some archeologists believe is the well where Hagar drew water for her son Ishmael. In 1951, the town was founded as a “development town,” where new immigrants from Romania, North Africa, Iran, India and other non-Western countries were placed. A sea-change for Yeruham occurred when the former mayor of Haifa, Amram Mitzna, a reserve IDF general, served a 5-year term as mayor. Since then, the town has experienced revitalization and now has a population of 10,000. It is benefiting from the general growth in the Negev and its location just a half-hour’s drive from Beersheba.

At this point in our hike we circled to the right of the park, first descending and then beginning a series of long climbs up to another summit, from which we could see a second desert town, Dimona. The 360 degree panorama from the summit was fabulous. We were rewarded on the trail with several viewings of nearly-hidden yellow crocuses, one of four varieties of the flower, which only grow in several, choice spots in the region. This particular variety is called the Helmonit crocus, deriving from the Hebrew for egg yolk. These varieties were thought to be extinct, but are now recognized as endangered.

Soon we began our decline towards the park. When we eventually reached it, Reuven pointed out the tamarisk trees which had encroached on the perimeter of the lake, similar to what one sees at Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). He explained that since the lake ws revived by a new sewage plant, it became suitable for introducing fish and recreational fishing.

We soon returned to our bus for the ride north. Of course, we made the obligatory stop for coffee at a cafe along the road. Besides enjoying the exercise and the magnificent views, we had learned that the Negev is becoming something more than a large training area for the IDF. Now it is a significant factor in modern Israel, with the government, the IDF, the local communities, the KKL/JNF and the environmental NGOs driving its growth (Israel Pundit)

This seems like a good place to discuss special walking shoes for special needs.The list below from lists from Betuach Leumi- the sources for custom shoes throughout the country.

רשימת מכוני נעליים מורשים

שם ספק
שם הישוב
אורטופדיה מרק
שד’ ירושלים 42
ת”א- יפו
אורטופדיה פאר
הרצל 125
אורטופדיה רוזנברג
זבוטינסקי 49
רמת גן
אורטופדיה 2000
הס 6
אורטופדיק סנטר י.ש
פבזנר 4
גאפ מכון אורטופדי
עין גנים 8
גני תקווה
המרכז הבריאותי- עטרת ירושלים
דיסקין 9, קומה 4, בנייני וולפסון

המרכז הבריאותי- עטרת פתח תקווה
שפיגל 3
פתח תקווה
המרכז הבריאותי- עטרת תל אביב
פנקס 60, מאחורי בית החייל
ת”א- יפו
המרכז להנעלה- סופר נעל אוקסימברג
פאולוס השישי 117 בניין אל ראיד
הסנדלריה- אלון נגאל
אלוף הניצחון 14
הוד השרון
הראל אורטופדיה
שנקר 27
ויינברג אורטופדיה
מכבי 13
ת”א- יפו
מכון אורטופדי אחוזה
שדרת הנשיא 124
מכון אורטופדי שלגיה
דיזינגוף 207
מכון מושקוביץ
מונטיפיורי 37 פינת ההסתדרות 7
פתח תקווה
מכון ציון שקרצי
ירושלים 67
מר’להנעלה אורטופדית- משה כהן
אבן גבירול 117
ת”א יפו
נווה- מעבדות אורטופד
כנפי נשרים ,24 גבעת שמואל
נעלי חן
צפת 4
נעלי תבנית
הרצל 44, פינת המייסדים
סנדלרית בנג’ו
אזור המלאכה 14/2
קרית גת
אורטופדיה אברבוך אזיס
המפתח 17
אורלי אורטופדיה
תל גיבורים 5, בית טפר
אלוש יעקב- תפנית
הרצל 14
ראשון לציון
אשד אורטופדיה רמת גן
ת.ד 10001
רמת גן
רזיאל 9
עטרת מדיפוט
הירקון 307
ת”א יפו
עטרת מדיפוט חיפה
מאפו 13
שמעון יצחק
דוד ילין 53

Roasted Vegetable Orzo- from 101 Cooks
I used a blend of whole wheat and plain orzo pasta here. Use whatever you have or like. I find having percentage of plain mixed in with the whole wheat lightens it up nicely while still getting the benefits of a whole grain pasta.

1 medium delicata squash, seeded & sliced 1/3-inch thick
3 shallots, peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil or melted clarified butter
fine grain sea salt
4 medium cloves garlic, peel on

12 kale leaves, washed & dried well, de-stemmed & cut into 3-inch strips/ or bock choy

1 1/2 cups / 9 ounces uncooked orzo pasta
1/2 cup / 120 ml plain yogurt or drained 5% cheese

For serving: slivered scallions, fresh oregano, toasted nuts or seeds

Preheat the oven to 400F / 205C with racks arranged in the top and bottom thirds. Line two baking sheets with parchment. You’re going to roast the squash, shallots, and garlic on one sheet, and the kale on another.

Prep the delicata squash, and toss it in a large bowl with the shallots, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, and a big pinch of salt. Arrange in a single layer on one of the baking sheets, add the garlic and place on the bottom rack, for about 30 minutes. Spin once or twice along the way to get even roasting – let it all get deeply golden.

After the squash is in the oven, use the same bowl to toss the kale with another splash of olive, and pinch of salt. Arrange the leaves on the other baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, or until you get a touch of browning, but the leaves are primarily still green. Set aside.

Get the pasta water boiling, salt well, and cook the orzo pasta. Drain and use quickly (warm) OR (if you won’t be serving for a while) run under cold water, and toss with a tiny splash of olive oil.

For the dressing, extract the roasted garlic from its peel, and mash it with a bit of the yogurt and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. Work in the rest of the yogurt, taste, and add more salt if needed.

When you’re ready to serve, toss the orzo, and roasted vegetables with about half of the yogurt. Turn out onto a platter and sprinkle with scallions, oregano, and seeds/nuts. Serve the remaining yogurt to the side.

Serves 4-6.
Prep time: 10 min – Cook time: 30 min

Post 249:Sittin’ and Watching Our Lar- Upcoming events in December – Maybe we will attend Wednesday December 2 special shiur to be given by Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz at 4:00pm preceded by mincha at 3:45PM. Special Shiur in English Managing an Effective Facebook Page By: Shari Pilo and Taxation in Israel By: Paul A. Staszewski Mati Jerusalem – Shabat with CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI CARROT BREAD

(Sittin’ and Watching Our Lar)

Sittin’ in room 904 Davidson
We’ll be sittin’ when the evening comes
Watching the sun move on up on up again
Then we watch it run away again, yeah

We’re sittin’ in 9 Shmuel Ha Nagi’
Watchin’ the moon soft and sway ooh
We’re just sittin’ thinkin about our Ivy
Wastin’ time

We left our home in the USA
With not even a facebook page
Cuz  life is to meant to live
face the fear and focus the rage

So, I’m just gon’ sit back on my seat
Watchin’ the tide roll and move
I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time

Looks like nothing’s gonna change
Everything still remains the same
I can’t do what ten people tell me to do
So I guess I’ll remain the same, listen

Sittin’ here resting my bones
And this loneliness won’t leave me alone, listen
Two thousand miles I roam
Just to make this street my home, now

I’m just gon’ sit at the dock of a bay
Watchin’ the tide roll away, ooh
Sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time

Thank you Otis Redding

I’ve been reticent about the events of this past month. Time just was spent with making the best of my husband’s three week hospital20151107_190849 stay. The heart bypass, and two valve replacements took 11 hours. I am eliminating the details of what occurred inside Hadassah Hospital. When we got home the first need was for socks that would fit Larry’s swollen ankles that his grown to 30 centimeters around.

Baruch Hashem, Larry is back on his feet and his ankles are a normal size. Tomorrow Sunday, we are expecting a team to visit from Meuchedet. The want to learn how we made the transition to home so well! and they want to continue to help us!

Managing an Effective Facebook Page
By: Shari Pilo

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Or are you overwhelmed with all the Facebook tactics you read about?
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Come learn the tools of how to build your Facebook page,
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Tuesday, December 15th 17:00-20:15


Taxation in Israel
By: Paul A. Staszewski

What do you know about taxes in Israel??

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Tuesday, December 29th 17:00-20:15

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Wednesday December 2 special shiur to be given by Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz at 4:00pm preceded by mincha at 3:45PM.

Special Shiur in English

Given by Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz

Chanuka: The Triumph of Light Over Darkness

will take place at

44 King George Street, Jerusalem
the 20th of Kislev, Wednesday, December 2nd
at 4:00 pm


From-The Lemon Bowl
25 mins
50 mins
55 mins

Shredded zucchini and carrots adds moisture and sweetness to this healthy and delicious cocoa-rich bread.
Author: Liz DellaCroce | The Lemon Bowl
Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
Serves: 18
2 cups white whole wheat flour/corn flour gluten free
1 cup sugar-1/2 cup brown rice syrup or two bananas
½ cup toasted wheat germ or flax meal
½ cup cocoa powder carob mixture plus 50 grams shredded 100% dark unsweetened chocolate. I used to food processor shredding disc.
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt-omit
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1½ cups grated zucchini-I used pressure cooked dry  light zuccinni- the kind easlily available in Israel
½ cup grated carrot/ this time only used the zuccine
3 eggs – large- or use less and flax seed meal or steamed tofu
⅔ cup plain yogurt – low fat or tofutti cream cheese
⅓ cup canola oil-omitted
1 tablespoon vanilla
½ cup chocolate chips-omitted and used the chocolate shavings.Chips have sugar.
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spray two 8 inch bread pans with non-stick spray or two 8 muffin tins.
In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (flour through baking powder).
In a separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients (zucchini through vanilla). My food processor was acting up-used the immersion blender and hand mashing the zuccinni in the end.
Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with rubber spatula until combined. Gently stir in chocolate chips then pour mixture evenly between both muffin pans.
Bake for 25 minutes, take out tins and turn the muffins in the papers, and bake another 10 minutes.or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before serving.
Freezer friendly! Simply wrap individual/ muffins slices in plastic-wrap and freeze in one large resealable plastic bag. To reheat simply microwave for 45-60 seconds. Also, I think this recipe would work with pumpkin, sweet potato or carrots alone.
Serving size: 1 muffin Calories: Approximately 117 Fat: 5.8 g Saturated fat: 1.3 g Unsaturated fat: 4.5 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 12.9 g Sugar: 3.8 g Sodium: 169 mg Fiber: 2.2 g Protein: 3.8 g Cholesterol: 23 mg weight: before baking 50 grams.

Post 248 The Sarah Lily Fund for Adoption has been funding bi-annually $5,000 grants for the last 14 years to those who qualify-SHIVA to LITMAN FAMILY; WEDDING INFORMATION The Litman family has invited all Klal Yisrael to attend the wedding of Sarah Techiya and Ariel next week Thursday Nov 26 The chuppah will take place bezrat Hashem at 7 pm at Binyanei HaUma Jerusalem

The Jewish life cycle begins with marriage and then the baby carriage.

Rav Yaakov Litman HY”D and son Netanel, 18 HY”D were murdered by terrorists a week ago Friday near Otniel (south Hevron mountains) .

When a family goes thru bereavement over a lost parent and sibling as the Litman family experienced this week, one might think that a simcha, a wedding should be pushed off. Not so.

The first part of the post is to help married couples involved in the process of adoption. The second half refers to the upcoming marriage after a woman is getting up from shivah for her father and brother.

The Litman family has invited all Klal Yisrael to attend the wedding of Sarah Techiya and Ariel next week, Thursday, Nov. 26. The chuppah will take place, bezrat Hashem, at 7 pm at Binyanei HaUma, Jerusalem

The Sarah Lily Fund for Adoption has been funding bi-annually $5,000 grants for the last 14 years to those who qualify. Please check out the following link and read the attached article. If you know someone who may qualify financially please forward the information to them.

Please go to: Riverdale YM-YWHA

Riverdale YM-YWHA Adoption The Sarah Lily Fund for Adoption

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SHIVA VISIT to Litman Family, Kiryat Arba

Rav Yaakov Litman HY”D and son Netanel, 18 HY”D were murdered by terrorists this past Friday near Otniel (south Hevron mountains) .

If you would like to make a shiva visit to the Litman family in Kiryat Arba, here is the information:

(They will be getting up on Friday afternoon.)


57 / 5 Medoragim, Kiryat Arba

שרה תחיה ליטמן, 57/5, מדורגים קרית ארבע, 901000

Phone: (02) 996-5067


As you know, the Litman family has invited all Klal Yisrael to attend the wedding of Sarah Techiya and Ariel next week,
Thursday, Nov. 26. The chuppah will take place, bezrat Hashem, at 7 pm at Binyanei HaUma.

May the family know no more sorrow, and may we all merit the geula sheleima.


You can send your weddings gifts via a GoFundMe fund. Here is the link.

You can also mail a wedding gift to:

Ariel and Sarah Beigel, Derech Yatir 42, Meitar, 85025

Invitation in Hebrew:

אל תשמחי אויבתי לי כי נפלתי קמתי. בע”ה חתונתנו תתקיים ביום חמישי הבא , י”ד בכסלו, 26 בנובמבר, בבנייני האומה. כל עם ישראל מוזמן לקום עמנו מעפר ולשמוח בשמחתנו.
שרה תחיה ואריאל.

Post 247: Israel Farmers Association approached (Wed, 04/11/15) Ministry of Agriculture and warned him that imported tomatoes that infected a number of different viruses which are not edible and could endanger consumers -Come to a new in-depth program taught by: Nashim L’Ma’an HaMikdash – The Women of the Mikdash, at the Emunah Jerusalem office Beit Hachavera entitled: “The role of women in the Mikdash, past, present and future.”Chanukah screening of the 95 minute movie in English “Stories of Rebbe Nachman” 26 Kislev (December 8) at 8 PM at the Institute of the Blind Degel Reuven Street (bet chinuch ivrim)

Israeli growers are furious that the State of Israel is responsible for not examining the importing tomatoes from Jordan and permitted entry to Israel a deadly virus that can destroy large areas of tomatoes. The  Association warned that some tomatoes  may hurt consumer
Israel Farmers Association approached (Wed, 04/11/15) Ministry of Agriculture and warned that imported tomatoes were infected with a number of different viruses which are not edible and could endanger consumers. Israel Farmers Association are furious that the State of Israel did not examine the importing tomatoes from Jordan and permitted entry to Israel a deadly virus that can destroy large areas of tomatoes and create a crisis of shortage of tomatoes that lasts for months. Association warned that some tomatoes may harm the Israeli consumer. Israel Farmers Association are asking the state to immediately stop importing tomatoes from Jordan. Chairman of the agricultural committee of the Ramat Hanegev Regional Council, heartfelt Moskowitz, said the secretary general of the Moshav Movement and chairman of the Farmers’ Association of Israel, Meir Tzur and Secretary General of the Israel Farmers Association, Absalom Whelan on tomato imports from Jordan are infected with TOMV / TMV and endanger the whole tomato growing industry and generates damage throughout the country. Some of the tomatoes come in different retail chains across the country. Secretary General of the Moshav Movement and chairman of the Farmers’ Association of Israel, Meir Tzur, said: “This is a scandal who bring diseases to Israel without trial, it is irresponsible. The cumulative damage can be devastating to farmers and consumers. …Stop immediately imports. “Secretary General of the Israel Farmers Association, Abu Vilan,” somebody fell asleep …(on the job) and with a desire to do something good for consumers made ​​bitter. Imports must be stopped immediately. “Chairman of the Agricultural Committee of the Ramat Hanegev Regional Council, heartfelt Moskowitz, who also read:” We want that Israel immediately stop the importation that endangers Israel’s tomato growers and consumers themselves.


“From: Deena Sattler
Dear Ladies,

Some may think that this is not a good time to even mention Har Habayit.
But yet this may be the exact time to talk and learn about it. Putting aside
the day to day difficulties and looking ahead to the future of Am Yisrael in
Eretz Yisrael, Har Habayit is the answer!

Are you feeling helpless these days? That you don’t know what we can do
to improve our situation? But do you believe that our future is ultimately
and intricately connected with Hashem and the rebuilding of His House in Yerushalayim?
Then let’s strengthen ourselves and do something. Let’s learn what it is
that the Muslims don’t want us to know! Let’s educate ourselves.

Come to a new in-depth program taught by:
Nashim L’Ma’an HaMikdash – The Women of the Mikdash,
at the Emunah Jerusalem office Beit Hachavera entitled:
“The role of women in the Mikdash, past, present and future.”

The program consists of three evenings of 3 hours, from 7 pm to 10 pm, week after week.
It is a one hour lecture, a break for supper and a movie, then the second lecture for an hour.
(Participants bring their own sandwich, hot drinks will be provided.)
The dates are Wednesday evening:
Nov. 18th, Nov. 25th, Dec. 2nd (Vav, Yud Gimel and Kaf of Kislev).
The topics are:
Nov 18th – The history and archeology of Har Habayit, 2 lectures with slides.
Nov 25th – Har Habayit today, what is really happening, 2 lectures.
Dec 2nd – The woman’s role in the Mikdash and the halachot for women concerning the Mikdash.

Ideally, we would end with a field trip to the Temple Mount for a walk around the perimeter of the Mount with one of the teachers from the course, at no additional cost. This will be decided at the end of the program.
The cost for this program is 240 nis for the three evenings.
90 nis for a single evening. Payable to Emunah.
We need a minimum of 25 to start.
Non-Emunah women are also invited. So please forward this to friends
Can we count you in?
Come and be part of our effort to move us all closer to the coming of the Geula,
the Redemption.
For more information and registration:
Deena Sattler 055 66 33 195 or Marcia 02 561-9939

Chanukah screening of the 95 minute movie in English, “Stories of Rebbe Nachman” 26 Kislev (December 8) at 8 PM at the Institute of the Blind, Degel Reuven Street, (bet chinuch ivrim) The beautifully filmed movie is filled with joy and inspiration.The film’s director, Tzvi Fishman, will give a short talk in Hebrew before thescreening. Ticket 25 shekels. Doors open at 7:30.
subtitles in Hebrew, only men actors

Post 246: Ein Yahav farmers began raising a new breed of Thai bean pods – They are extremely long and sweet taste. How does the Rambam define patience? What Rest at Tel Ha Shomir offers – Are we elligible for Betuach Leumi-National Insurance- Worldwide Tikkun HaKlali – November 22

Israeli farmers raising long beans! This is exciting. I am reminded of the vegetable stalls on Grand Street on the Lower East Side, overflowing with cabbages, bock joy, and all varieties of lettuce. When I had a studio at the Educational Alliance on East Broadway, in 2000-2002, I’d find legal parking and fill up the back seat of my car with the latest crop.


Pa-O Long Beans

Finding long beans is worth the effort — the high heat of the wok is just too much for green beans, which aren’t as hearty.

Makes 4 servings
35 min
45 min


    • 1 1/2 lb Chinese long beans*
    • 1/2 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts (2 1/2 oz; not cocktail peanuts)
    • 2 teaspoons soy sauce or less
    • 2 to 3 small fresh Thai chiles** or spicy peppers (to taste), finely chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt-can omit
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil
    • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
    • 1 large shallot, halved lengthwise, then very thinly sliced crosswise (1/2 cup)
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    • Special equipment: a well-seasoned 14-inch flat-bottomed wok
    • Garnish: lime wedges


    1. Cook untrimmed beans in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer with tongs to a large bowl of ice and cold water to stop cooking, then drain in a colander and pat dry with paper towels. Trim beans and cut crosswise into 3/4-inch pieces.
    2. Meanwhile, pulse peanuts in a food processor until about half of peanuts are finely ground and remainder are in very large pieces (do not grind to a paste).
    3. Stir together soy sauce, chiles, and salt in a small bowl.
    4. Heat wok over high heat until a bead of water dropped onto cooking surface evaporates immediately. Add oil, swirling to coat wok, then add garlic and stir-fry until garlic begins to turn pale golden, about 5 seconds. Add peanuts, and stir-fry until all of mixture is golden, about 30 seconds. Add beans, and stir-fry until hot and well coated, about 2 minutes. Remove wok from heat, then stir in soy sauce mixture and shallot, stirring until shallot has wilted. Drizzle in lime juice and season with salt, then transfer to a bowl. Serve warm or at room temperature.
    1. *Available at  Machana Yehuda market.
    2. **Also at  Local Markets
Cooks notes:
· Beans can be boiled, drained, and patted dry 3 hours ahead. · If you don’t have a wok, beans can be cooked in a 12-inch heavy skillet. (They will lack smoky flavor.)

By  the end of our stay at Hadassah Hospital Larry and I were chalishing for fresh vegetable. The second half of the post describes in detail the Heart Hospital at Tel Ha Shomer, where we chose not to park ourselves for five days.

  Ein Yahav farmers are offering to the public the freshest vegetables when fresh prevents the loss of nutritional value.

Ein Yahav farmers began raising a new breed of Thai bean pods that do not create gas in the digestive tract and thus solves one of the problems plaguing the enthusiasts of beans and their environment. Thai beans are very popular in Southeast Asia. The residents eat the pods with seeds in salads, steaming and cooking and also used for making desserts thanks to the natural sweetness. Thai beans grow by trailing to a large backpack/ support, whose length reaches 30 cm. The beans will mature to an attractive appearance without scuff marks and scars. Eating vegetables when fresh prevents the loss of nutritional value in the process of preservation or marinating so you can enjoy the content of proteins and vitamins. The new variety of beans became a hit among Thai workers Prairie, who can now enjoy their favorite foods from the land of origin . Even Ein Yahav farmer who tried the beans have reported a quiet night after dinner …

The Sheba Rehabilitation Hospital is Israel’s national center of rehabilitation. They offer long-term and life-long treatment and rehabilitation programs in areas such as orthopedics, neurology, respiratory, psychiatry, geriatric and trauma. They have the national responsibility for the long-term treatment and care of the most difficult and complex cases in Israel, such as injured soldiers and terror victims.
Pioneer and World leader in Rehabilitation Technologies
We are devoted to moving the rehabilitation field forward through research, education and the development of life-saving therapies and technologies. We are globally known for our specialized laboratories and centers where we develop innovative technologies in rehabilitation medicine, including Virtual Reality Training Facility, the Computerized Motion Analysis Laboratory, and the Isokinetic Laboratory.

They provide acute care, in-patient and outpatient rehabilitation. Our team of professionals works collegially with their patients, helping them to return to normal life as quickly as possible.

The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Sheba Medical Center has three divisions – Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, and Geriatrics. The Sheba Rehabilitation Hospital is also home to The National Multiple Sclerosis Center and the National Center for Spinal Cord Injuries.

Main treatment centers include:

• The Neurological Rehabilitation Department provides sub-specialized care for patients with head and spinal cord injuries, neurological diseases and, disorders.
• The “Steps” (“Tsa’adim”) Institute treats patients with mobility disabilities due to spinal cord or head injuries, stroke, peripheral nerve disorders or nerve damage, orthopedic injuries, amputations and more.
• The Head Trauma Rehabilitation Department treats people with an acquired brain injury (e.g. following accidents, stroke, trauma etc.), who require inpatient rehabilitation.
• The Orthopedic Rehabilitation Department uniquely provides surgical and rehabilitation services for a variety of conditions, including skeletal and bone injuries, amputations and diabetes-associated pain. They specialize in surgical limb amputation and prosthetic fitting of both upper and lower limbs.
• The Respiratory Rehabilitation Department provides a broad-spectrum of treatment options, aiming to successfully wean patients from mechanical ventilation as quickly as possible.
• The National Multiple Sclerosis Center is a multi-discipline holistic unit specializing in diagnosis, advanced treatment and rehabilitation of patients with MS and other neuro-immunologic diseases.
• The Eating Disorders Department is the only center of its kind in Israel. It offers outpatient services and hospitalization for adults (over 18) suffering from anorexia or bulimia.
• The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Clinic treats people who have been sexually abused or physically assaulted, post traumatic IDF soldiers, and survivors of natural disasters, wars and terror attacks.

After much discussion, Larry and I decided to head for home.

Are You Patient – or Are You Procrastinating?

“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.”

~ Don Marquis
Are You Patient – or Are You Procrastinating?
By Andrea Novakowski

Living in Israel has added to my life as a wife, former mathematics teacher,  grandmother, artist, designer, Hebrew and Arabic student, blogger and a Jewish text lover. And we are still in the best of times during Larry’s recovery.

How to  plan  my day is always tick, ticking in my head. Relax? I call jumping rope relaxing. Or a yoga class. Or developing a recipe.

Retired FOR THE PAST 14 years has meant that I can take advantage of any opportunities that comes my way, or I can turn  some or all of them down.

So what concerns do I have? The fact remains that I am not submissive and being a patient means being submissive, that the patient must wait for the therapist to arrive, is just a small part. As a well person, that would bother me. I need to remind myself that I have been OK with trusting Hashem to heal me of minor and major health issues.

However, my husband, who is recovering from surgery is A Ok with waiting. In fact, he is really A ok. We met his physical therapist today, Sivan. She offered us the 8 AM slot 2 x per week, when I requested mornings because Larry is energetic at that time. I answered yes for both of us.

What does the Rambam say about patience? “The human psyche varies very much from one person to another, and one person’s character is far removed from another’s. I am one “Type”, moving, and my husband Larry is another “Type”, stable, stationary.

Some people are highly prone to anger; others are calm and perhaps get mildly angry once in many years. Some people are very arrogant; others are very meek. Some are dominated by strong cravings they are always seeking to satisfy; others are very pure of heart and do not crave even their physical necessities. Some are greedy and won’t be satisfied with all the wealth in the world; others deprive themselves; and still others squander all their wealth deliberately. And so it goes with all the other traits of character” (Hilchos Dei’os 1:1).
The Rambam is showing us a map of the human psyche, and it hasn’t changed a bit since his times. For better or worse, every one of us partakes of these traits in varying degrees and combinations. The Rambam then goes on to describe the proper way that a person is obligated to choose for himself:

“The proper path is the median measure in each trait; that is, the way that is equidistant from the two extremes. Accordingly, the early Sages directed that a person always aim for the middle way in order to attain perfection. How? He should not be an angry person whose temper is easily triggered, nor should he be like a dead man who feels nothing, but in the middle. He should not get angry except over an important matter that is worth getting angry about so that such a thing should not occur again…. Any person whose traits are at the midpoint is called wise.” (ibid. 2-4)
This middle way, in the Rambam’s view, is the “upright path” that Rebbi speaks of in Pirkei Avos, the way that is harmonious for the person himself and creates harmony with others. Others will surely admire his well-moderated conduct, based on inner balance between his various personality traits. Surely they will consider one who acts so wisely to be the perfect man.

Yes, the Torah is the one and only way for a person who wants to achieve perfection of character. But a person is given great freedom of action, and a broad field within which he must find his own personal Golden Mean. According to his own individual tendencies, he must strive for balance, always directing his conduct toward the middle, moderate way. Thus, in the Rambam’s view, our mishnah implies condemnation of extremism in personal and social behavior, while of course upholding the obligation to adhere to Torah principles.

So now we understand the theoretical peirush of the mishnah. A mode of conduct that strikes a moderate note is the wise and upright way that a person should strive for. But one problem has not yet been addressed, namely, how is a person to apply this principle of the Golden Mean in real life?
To illustrate the problem, let’s take one of the examples used by the Rambam himself. A person should not get angry, except in very rare instances. We all know that anger is a bad trait, including those of us who are subject to it. At the same time, however, the Rambam instructs us not to be like dead people, devoid of emotion.

So to a certain extent, one must use the trait of anger and become angry when the situation requires it, for instance, when one is in a parental role, or when one is a community leader who needs to restrain dangerous tendencies that are developing in society. The Rambam is saying, therefore, that no trait is to be beaten down completely, but rather each trait is to be used intelligently.
This is where the difficulty begins. How can a person know where to set the limits? We know how we operate. We’re on the road, and a driver passes us recklessly at a crossing. Angry words pop out of our mouth automatically, and we call him one of our favorite names. Is this the kind of situation the Rambam meant when he said that sometimes anger is the proper response? We don’t know.

All we know is that our defense mechanism will kick in to rationalize our outburst. (“Did you see what that idiot did? He almost caused a serious accident!”) We’re sure we’re right, of course, but is this the upright, middle way that Rabi Yehudah Hanasi teaches in Pirkei Avos?
Let’s be honest with ourselves. If we take a good look without distorting the truth, we’ll see how we justify whatever we do. It’s part of human nature. Anyone who is accused of any shortcoming has an answer. Whatever we do, we’re okay with it. This capacity for “being okay with it” comes from our ability to find justification for every act in the values accepted by society. And therefore, any path we feel like taking becomes the “upright way.” .

In other words procrastination is the flip side of stability. If the stable strong charachter is part of a persom’s midot, then this same persone may SEEM to procrastinate from a fixed position. For a person who seeks to be stationary, or that is his time to take action, but you’re not taking it.

How can you tell if you’re being patient or you’re just procrastinating? As I say, they often look the same from the outside. What’s taking place on the inside is a different story.

Patience Procrastination


What to do when you find yourself procrastinating. With patience, some part of your mind is still working on the task, even if you’re doing something else. With procrastination, your mind is avoiding the task, diverting your attention with unrelated activities like laundry and Facebook. You may not understand why you’re putting off your work. You just seem to be finding other things to do.



Below is information for National Insurance
Betuach Leumi JERUSALEM:
4 Ben Shatach
Fax: 02-6755691


Payment & Bill Collection:
(for health insurance issues)

Sun, Tue, Thurs: 8:00-12:30
Mon: 15:00-17:00 only at 4 Ben shatach st.

Income Support:
Ben Sira Building Sun, Tue, Thurs: 8:00-12:30

Ben Sira Building Sun, Tue, Thurs: 8:00-12:30

Sun, Tue, Thurs: 8:00-12:30 only at 4 Ben shatach st.

Shim’on Ben Shatakh Street 4
Eligibility requirements for Bituach Leumi’s Long-Term Care Benefit
* Residing in the community – the benefit is intended only for elderly people living in their own home or in a retirement home (not in an institution).

* Income Test – eligibility for the benefit and its exact rate are determined through an Income Test. A person whose income is above the upper limit set by Bituach Leumi will receive only half the benefit, or none at all. In calculating the benefit, the spouse’s income is also taken into account (the long-term care benefit is not intended only for people in the low income range).

* The elderly person is not receiving the Sherutim Meyuchadim (special services) stipend from Bituach Leumi, or the Ezra L’azulat (helping others) stipend from the Ministry of Defense.

*The elderly person is found to be greatly dependent on others in performing daily living activities.

In cases where the individual’s functioning is temporarily impaired, the benefit will be provided for a limited period of time. Eligibility is determined by a “dependence evaluation”, conducted by an assessor from Bituach Leumi (usually a nurse or a physiotherapist) in a home visit.

The salary range for a job in this field could be from NIS 22 to 33.50 NIS per hour at an agency, plus benefits such as Bituach Leumi and pension. Privately, the range is 30-45 NIS, without those same benefits.

Matan Care
Goldman Agency
Dinah Care
Short term care from Bituach Leumi
People who need immediate short-term care (9.75 hours a week for up to 60 days) can request “short term care” from Bituach Leumi. This often occurs after a period of regular hospitalization (not rehabilitation), or hospitalization as a result of breaking an arm or leg or pneumonia with high fever. The applicant must submit the regular request form for Bituach Leumi’s long-term care benefit. A professional medical evaluation must be attached to the request form, and the claims clerk at Bituach Leumi will decide, according to the medical recommendation, whether the benefit will be given on a short-term basis. This form can be submitted through the hospital . Eligibility for the short term care benefit will be immediately effective upon returning home.

Benefit continued for 14 days during hospitalization
In the past, when an elderly person receiving the long-term care benefit was hospitalized, the benefit would be suspended until his release. However, a 1995 amendment to the Bituach Leumi Act specifies that an elderly person hospitalized in a hospital (excluding long-term care, rehabilitative and mental institutions) is entitled to the benefit during the first 14 days of his hospitalization. If he remains in hospital for more than 14 days, the benefit is suspended after this period of time, and renewed upon his release.

Degrees of Bituach Leumi’s Long-Term Care Benefit
The benefit is determined according to a score attained in Bituach Leumi’s dependence evaluation:

91%: 9.75 weekly hours for a person found to be dependent on others for most daily living activities, or needs supervision.

150%: 16 weekly hours for a person found to be dependent to a very large extent on the help of others for most daily living activities, most hours of the day.

168%: 18 weekly hours for a person who is completely dependent on others, to the maximum degree, and need aconstant supervision.

Addition of weekly hours for those eligible for the long-term care benefit who employ an Israeli caregiver

The National Insurance Institute has been providing extra care-giving hours to persons in the higher levels of dependence, eligible for the long-term care benefit , who employ an Israeli caregiver , and do not employ any foreign workers, according to the following criteria:

* A person dependent to a very large extent on the help of others for most daily living activities, most hours of the day, who currently receives 16 weekly care-giving hours will receive 3 extra care-giving hours a week.

* A person dependent to a very large extent on the help of others for most daily living activities, most hours of the day, who currently receives 8 weekly care-giving hours (because of his income) – will receive 1.5 extra care-giving hours a week.

* A person who is completely dependent on others for all daily living activities around the clock, or needs constant supervision, and currently receives 18 hours – will receive 4 additional care-giving hours a week.

* A person who is completely dependent on others for all daily living activities around the clock, or needs constant supervision, and currently receives 9 hours (because of his income) – will receive 2 additional care-giving hours a week.

Bituach Leumi has forwarded this information regarding additional hours to agencies that provide nursing services, and there is no need to officially request these extra hours.

Receiving the long term benefit in cash
aperson who is entitled to a long- term care benefit who employ a full- time caregiver (foreign or Israeli) for at least 12 hours a day for 6 days a week, under certain circumstances , can choose to receive their benefit in cash, and employ the caregiver privately. they can also choose to continue employing the caregiver with the manpower company.

In order to receive the long-term benefit in cash, the applicant must meet certain conditions: the caretaker must be over 18 years of age, and cannot be a relative of the recipient; the caretaker must be employed and paid wages, based on a written contract; the employer must have a permit to employ a foreign worker; and the worker must have a legal permit to stay in Israel.

A person who choose to receive the long term benefit in cash, can also recieve the other long term services such as- a presonal alarm unit, absorbent products, laundry services and visits to a day care center.

How to claim the long-term care benefit from Bituach Leumi
To receive the long-term care benefit from Bituach Leumi, you must fill out a claim for long-term care benefit form, and submit it to the claims clerk at the Bituach Leumi branch near your home. If you find it difficult to fill out the form you can get help from the claims clerk, the Counseling Service for the Elderly at the Bituach Leumi branch or a nursing care agency. The form must include a written medical opinion from the applicant’s physician. Proof of income documents must be attached.

It is a good idea to request, on the form, that the nurse’s home visit should be arranged with a member of the family.

The assessor visit to the home of the elderly person
It is very important that you or another family member who is aware of your elderly relative’s condition be present during the visit of the Bituach Leumi assessor.

When the assessor arrives, ask to see her Bituach Leumi worker’s identification.

It is essential to understand that Bituach Leumi’s long-term care benefit is given on the basis of the person’s level of functioning in daily living activities, rather than his overall health. It is therefore important to stress the difficulties experienced daily by your elderly relative.

The law defines eligibility for Bituach Leumi’s long-term care benefit based on the person’s independence at home only, and not outside. Thus mobility limitations outside the home are irrelevant. The dependence evaluation examines the person’s ability to dress, bathe, eat, use the bathroom and walk inside the home, as well as his need for supervision at home for his own safety (due to deteriorating memory or other psycho-geriatric conditions that endanger him or his environment).

Update – October 2014: A special committee of Bituach Leumi recommended that major changes be introduced into the dependency assessment of elderly individuals applying for a long-term care benefit. Based on these recommendations, the approach has been altered: the general identical evaluation process will be replaced by an individualized assessment for every applicant. In some cases, the person will not be required to demonstrate his abilities, and an interview will suffice. For instance, when a person confined to his bed or to a wheelchair reports that he/she is totally dependent on the assistance of others, and presents medical documents attesting to this condition, and the assessor arriving from Bituach Leumi receives the same impression, there will be no need for a physical test of functional capabilities.

According to the new approach, a demonstration will only be required when the degree of dependency cannot be construed from indirect observation of other activities. For instance: persons holding and presenting their medications will not be asked to demonstrate how they wash their hands with soap.

If the maximum long-term care benefit has not been granted by Bituach Leumi, and the elderly person’s condition deteriorates, you can contact Bituach Leumi and request a re-evaluation due to deterioration. This application must include the appropriate documents, confirming the deterioration in the person’s daily functioning.

Procedures for appeal when an application has been denied
1. Appeal – The appellant may appeal in writing , enclosing relevant documents, directly to one of three appeal committees operating in three main Bituach Leumi branches:

* The Haifa branch – for people residing in northern Israel

* The Ramla branch – for people residing in the central region

* The Beersheba branch – for people residing in the south of Israel

In this way one may appeal Bituach Leumi decisions regarding initial applications for long-term care benefits, as well as applications for increasing the allotted number of weekly home-care hours due to a deterioration in the elderly person’s condition. The appeal should be made as soon as possible after receiving the negative response from Bituach Leumi. (This is to prevent situations in which the committee decides that the applicant’s condition has worsened and requires him to submit a new application).

Please note: the three branches mentioned above receive appeals from many different places in their regions, and therefore the processing of appeals takes a long time. The Bituach Leumi does not place a time limit on the processing of appeals.

2. Repeated application – If an elderly person’s request for the long-term care benefit was turned down, and later his condition deteriorated, he may apply to Bituach Leumi for reavaluation. Medical documents attesting to this deterioration should be attached to the request. Social workers or nurses from the person’s Kupat Holim can be very helpful, and should be consulted.

3. Filing a complaint – complaints about the committee’s decision with regard to an elderly person’s entitement to the long-term care benefit may be submitted to the claims clerk in the local branch of Bituach Leumi, closest to his place of residence.

What services does the long-term care benefit include?
The following is a list of services available to recipients of the long-term care benefit l- as long as they can be provided in their home communities:

* The assistance of a home caregiver in daily living activities (dressing, bathing, eating, bathroom assistance, walking inside the home), managing the home, and needed supervision. The quota of hours can be exchanged for payment to a foreign worker who is legally employed to care for the person.

* One working hour of the caregiver = one weekly home care hour.

* Care in a Daycare Center for the Elderly: The person can visit a daycare center for up to 5 days a week. Optionally, the hours allowed by the benefit can be split between home care and days spent in the daycare center.

Services provided at the daycare center: bathing, supervision, recreational activities, hot meals and social interaction, as well as transportation to and from the daycare center.

* A day spent at the daycare center is equivalent to the following number of home care hours:

For a person entitled to 9.75 hours weekly: 2 home care hours = one day at the center.

For a person entitled to 16 or18 hours weekly: 2.75 home care hours = one day at the center.

There is also a small fee per day for meals, transportation etc.

* A supply of absorbency products such as adult diapers, absorbent pads, sheets, etc. These products are provided to the elderly person according to his needs, and delivered to his home once a month. The value of the products is determined individually for every person, vis-à-vis home care hours. Products may be ordered directly from companies listed by the Bituach Leumi. For further details press here.

* Laundry service: Laundry is taken from the person’s home and returned clean. Up to 5 kg is considered one laundry unit.

* Usually one laundry unit = about 1.25 home care hours.

* Emergency alarm button: The alarm button makes it possible for the elderly person to contact an emergency call center simply by pressing the button, 24 hours a day, even when away from home.

The call center can order the following for the subscriber: doctor, ambulance, fire department, home repairman, etc. Payment for these services is decided directly with the professional. The fee for an ambulance is the same as set by the health funds.

* The emergency alarm button = approximately ¼ of a weekly home-care hour.

The social worker in your local authority’s Social Services office determines, together with the elderly person and his relatives, which services they would like to use. In other words, the care program of your elderly relative is a joint decision. The social worker also establishes the contact between the elderly person and his family and the service providers.

Assistance before long-term care benefit is granted
This service makes it possible to have a caregiver at home right away, until assistance from Bituach Leumi is approved. The service is provided for a limited period of time, based on professional considerations. It is free of charge, at the expense of the home care agency. The agency can also assist you in applying to the Bituach Leumi.

On Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 12:22 PM, Rachel Berger
[nefeshbnefesh] wrote:

We had a seminar two weeks ago on Aging in Israel, if you missed it live you can catch it online. I watched it and there was a great deal of information about prescriptions and interactions with over-counter medications.

Alon Shvut

Worldwide Tikkun HaKlali – November 22

POST 245: Strong People can do almost anything they want to do, but even the strongest cannot choose what they want to do: Amos Oz My Michael: Welcome to a Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem from a patient’s wife’s point of view. Release after cardiac surgery and My friend the aide At Hadassah Ein Kerem, important phone numbers for Hadassah Hospital and Shloshim for Reb. Henny Machlis ZT”L

Strong People can do almost anything they want to do, but even the strongest cannot choose what they want to do: Amos Oz My Michael Continue reading POST 245: Strong People can do almost anything they want to do, but even the strongest cannot choose what they want to do: Amos Oz My Michael: Welcome to a Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem from a patient’s wife’s point of view. Release after cardiac surgery and My friend the aide At Hadassah Ein Kerem, important phone numbers for Hadassah Hospital and Shloshim for Reb. Henny Machlis ZT”L

Post 244: What’s Happening in November.


Sunday Nov 1-Wednesday Nov 4:

American Friends of Likud Mission providing information and insight directly from Israel’s leaders and decision & opinion makers.

Meeting with Knesset members, visiting sites of strategic and historic importance, as well as learning about Israel’s innovative high-tech industry and Hasbara initiatives. Information: In English


Thursday November 4th By Barry Shaw, speaking about his best selling book ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism

At Nofei HaSharon, Petach Tikva Street, Netanya.

For further details: Admission free. In English.

A Haifa Forum meeting to discuss effective letter-writing to newspapers in order to counter the bias and promote the truth about Israel. At the at home of Stuart Palmer, 6 Shimkin St, Haifa at 7:00 pm. Phone 04-8257805. In English.

For further details: Admission free. In English.


A Haifa Forum meeting to discuss effective letter-writing to newspapers in order to counter the bias and promote the truth about Israel. At the at home of Stuart Palmer, 6 Shimkin St, Haifa at 7:00 pm. Phone 04-8257805. In English.


November 17-November 23:

Organized by Honest Reporting. An intensive week of in-depth talks with top experts on a wide range of subjects. Also field trips to places in the news. The itinerary includes topics such as Ethics in the Field: An Inside Look at the IDF; Monitoring Palestinian Media; Fighting for Israel on Campus and How to Effectively Advocate for Israel: Practical Training. For more details: Contact: Suzanne Lieberman: In English.


Two-day trip from Jaffa to Ashdod, with a diverse group of Israelis and Palestinians traveling together, seeing and sharing each

other’s history and discussing it. No political agenda – just to get the facts as accurately as possible. Professional guides.

Organized by Tiyul-Rihla, a joint initiative bringing Israelis and Palestinians together to travel and learn the history of each other.

Cost per person: 100 shekels for both days. (With accommodation 150 shekels.)

Meet at Jaffa Visitors Center, Kedumim Square. Prior registration essential.

Friday November 20th 9:00 AM With Caroline Glick, author, editor and columnist. Organized by Women in Green.

Admission free / donations welcome. Information: Yehudit Katsover 050-7161818 or Nadia Matar 050-5500534. For transportation: Renee Margolis 052-3294194. In Hebrew with English translation.


Monday November 23 at 10:30 AM Talk: AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE MIDDLE EAST

At the Mishkan Arts and Performing Center, Palmach St, Ra’anana.

Admission: 79 shekels (63 for Ra’anana residents). Tel. 09-7482957.

Organized by One Israel Fund. A tour to Samaria. Guide Eve Harow, meet Bennie Katzover. Start at Liberty Bell Garden at 8.15

am. Return approx 6.30 pm. Lunch included. Info: Prior registration

required. Price: $75 ($65 for students and children). Contact Ayala Waltuch 058-6634775. In English.


November 27 9:00 AM Talk: AMERICAN PRESSURE AND SOVEREIGNTY With Yoram Ettinger, Ambassador to Washington (retired). . Organized by Women in Green.

Admission free / donations welcome. Information: Yehudit Katsover 050-7161818 or Nadia Matar 050-5500534.

For transportation: Renee Margolis 052-3294194 In Hebrew with English translation.



Monday Evening Forum hosts Prof. Gabriel Barkay PhD. Archaeologist, Land of Israel Studies, Bar Ilan University. A Laura Ruth

Polk Memorial Lecture. At the United Synagogue Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center, 8 Agron St, Jerusalem. Coordinator: Rabbi

Edward S. Romm. Admission 20 shekels. In English

post 243: Foods that strengthen the lungs:

THE FOLLOWING ARE HASHEM’S SPECIAL MEDICINES TO HELP THE LUNGS: whole grains such as brown rice, millet and quinoa

root vegetables such as carrots and parsnips

small beans especially green and brown lentils

well cooked squash and pumpkins

pungent root vegetables like root ginger, horse radish and mooli;

NOV 5 – 12
Dir. Various Directors (Doc. 2015, 53 min.)

A riveting compilation featuring diverse stories across generations.Featuring the short film “Dirty Business,”  a telling account of the traditional coal industry around Israel and the West Bank.



All programs followed by conversation


For tickets and info,  click here