Monthly Archives: July 2016

Post 334: Simple Hebrew Medical terms, trip to Binyamin’s Solar Garden and vegggie burgers for the 9 no meat days (excluding Shabat)

This post starts with a description of the period before Tasha B’Av- the 9th of the month of Av. No Prohibition about learning Hebrew in a fun way and that will follow.

The “Three Weeks” between the 17th of Tammuz and the Tisha B’Av have historically been days of misfortune and calamity for the Jewish people. During this time, both the First and Second Temples were destroyed, amongst other terrible tragedies.

These days are referred to as the period “within the straits” (bein hametzarim), in accordance with the verse: “all her oppressors have overtaken her within the straits” (Lamentations 1:3).

On Shabbat during the Three Weeks, the Haftorahs are taken from chapters in Isaiah and Jeremiah dealing with the Temple’s destruction and the exile of the Jewish people.

During this time, various aspects of mourning are observed by the entire nation. We minimize joy and celebration. And, since the attribute of Divine judgement (“din”) is acutely felt, we avoid potentially dangerous or risky endeavors.


  1. No weddings are held. (However, engagement ceremonies are permitted.)
  2. We do not listen to music.
  3. We avoid all public celebrations — especially those which involve dancing and musical accompaniment.
  4. We avoid exciting and entertaining trips and activities. (Kaf HaChaim – OC 551:41)
  5. No haircuts or shaving. (Fingernails may be clipped up until the week in which Tisha B’Av falls.)
  6. We do not say the blessing She-hechianu on new food or clothes, except on Shabbat.


The period commencing with Rosh Chodesh Av is called the “Nine Days.” During this time, a stricter level of mourning is observed, in accordance with the Talmudic dictum (Ta’anit 26): “When the month of Av begins, we reduce our joy.”

(1) We avoid purchasing any items that bring great joy.

(2) We suspend home improvements, or the planting of trees and flowers.

(3) We avoid litigation with non-Jews, since fortune is inauspicious at this time.

(4) We abstain from the consumption of meat (including poultry) and wine. These foods are symbolic of the Temple service, and are generally expressions of celebration and joy.

  • On Shabbat, meat and wine are permitted. This applies also to any other seuduat mitzvah — for example, at a Brit Milah or at the completion of a tractate of Talmud.
  • Wine from Havdallah should be given to a child to drink.

(5) We refrain from wearing newly laundered garments, or laundering any clothes.

  • If the “freshness” has been taken out of a garment prior to the Nine Days, it may be worn.
  • Fresh clothes may be worn for Shabbat.
  • The clothing of small children, which gets soiled frequently, may be laundered during the Nine Days.
  • Clothes may not be laundered even if done in preparation for after Tisha B’Av, or even if done by a non-Jew.

(6) We do not bathe for pleasure.

  • It is permitted to bathe in order to remove dirt or perspiration, or for medical reasons. This may be done only in cool water.
  • Furthermore, the body should be washed in parts, rather than all at one time.
  • Bathing in warm water is permitted on Friday in honor of Shabbat.

with thanks to Rabbi Moshe Lazerus Aishe Ha Torah

I was requested to compile Hebrew terms to help friends on their doctor’s visits. Seems funny because I have not met a doctor in Israel who doesn’t speak English. However, communicating with support staff-there Hebrew is required.

These funny associations from a medical student should help you keep Hebrew medical terminology in your head (at least for a day or so. . .): from

 Medical Anatomy:

אנטומיה רפואית

Elbow – Marpek – “mar” in Hebrew means “bitter” and elbows look similar to bird beaks.  It would be bitter to bepecked in the face by a bird. I would probably elbow that bird.  Marpek.

I told you this is a little crazy.

Heel – Akev – “kelev” is “dog” in Hebrew. Shorten that and you end up with “kev.”  A common command for dogs is “heel!”Akev.


Okay, so I realize this probably isn’t helpful for those of you who don’t know any Hebrew at all.  So here are some dedicated to you.

Eyebrow – Gaba – Yo GabbaGabba! is a disturbing children’s show that makes me raise my eyebrows. Gaba.


Jaw – Leset – You set your jaw when you’re upset. Leset.

Nostrils – Nakhir – Where should I put my finger? Not here . . . *points to nostrils* Nakhir.

Spine – Khuliya – Someone comes up and tells you, “She was in a car accident and broke her spine.” You reply, “Who, Leah?” Khuliya.

Lip – Safa – Sara has soft lips, therefore, we shall call her Safa.

Hair – Se’ar – Creepy dude to a girl with long, beautiful hair, “Say, are you beautiful!” Se’ar.


Chin – Santer – Sounds like a man’s name (maybe a variant of the Spanish “Santos?”), and that he would have a prominent chin.  He probably saunters, too. Santer.

Testis – Ashakh – Like a shack that houses sperm. Ashakh.

Scrotum – Sak ha’ashakhim –The sack that holds the shack that houses the sperm. (the suffix -im makes it plural; Hebrew for “the” is ha). Sak ha’ashakhim

Bottom – Yashvan, from the shoresh, to sit  yashav

Buttocks – Akuz –  Yesh (There is) a van.  You sit on your bottom in a van. Inside that van is also a cuz (akuz). Yashvan, akuz.

Cheek – Lekhi – You turn your cheek to someone – (which means to) he (ambiguous male). Lekhi.

Tooth – Shen – Glistening white teeth “shine.”

Face – Panim – A common Hebrew phrase translated to English is “all on the face.” “Pan” means “all,” so it’s all on the face. Panim.

Ankle – KarsulSul broke her ankle getting out of the car.  Wow, she’s a klutz. Karsul.

Big toe – Bohen – Hebrew for test is “bohan,” and when you stub your big toe, it’s a test of whether you’re going to shout expletives to the world. Bohen.

Pupil – Ishon – (My Hebrew TA gave me this one.) Ish means “man” in Hebrew. When you look into someone’s pupil, you see yourself in the form of a little (wo)man. (I’m pretty sure Hebrew did this intentionally) Ishon.

Hip – Agan – Broken hips are a common problem with the elderly, and sometimes it happens more than once. When someone tells you Uncle Alf broke his hip, you might respond, “Again?!” Agan.

Thigh – Yarekh – Girls, you see your girlfriend stuffing her face with a donut, you shake your head in disgust, “Girl, ya’ wreckin’ your thighs.” Yarekh.

A friend has been been volunteering this summer at HaGan HaSolari in Binyamina and informed me of the tours which are are fun educational and “green!” The Solar Garden is a blooming ecological oasis in the middle of the city! You do cool activities and there is plenty of shade so don’t let the hot sun keep you indoors. Come and experience this amazing place for yourselves! It’s a unique adventure for the whole family. Here are some examples of what you do on a tour:

* get electrocuted through your finger tips (only for the brave!!!)
* use the scorching heat of the sun to make a personal sign or drawing!
* run an obstacle course and race against the clock using a solar bug!
* do a creative workshop to turn waste into a quality, useful product to take home!
* find and name the 24 (!) different fruit-bearing trees at the center!
* get INSPIRED to go home and turn your own walls into a living, blooming “green wall!”

Suitable for kids aged 4 and up, as well as teenagers and adults. The tour can be in English or in Hebrew.
You can get more info on their website: call 072-2612211.


Smoked Cheddar and Lentil Burgers

Smoked Cheddar and Lentil Burgers

2 1/2 cups water
1 cup dried lentils
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded smoked cheddar cheese
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs or wheat sprouts
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 large egg whites, lightly beaten
Cooking spray
8 teaspoons stone-ground mustard
8 (2-ounce) whole wheat sandwich buns, toasted
8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato
2 cups trimmed arugula

Place first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until tender; drain. Discard bay leaves. Place lentils in a large bowl; partially mash with a potato masher. Cool slightly.

Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrot; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Cool slightly.

Add onion mixture, cheese, and next 8 ingredients (cheese through egg whites) to lentils; stir well to combine. Cover and chill 45 minutes. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.

Heat a grill pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add half of patties, and cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Repeat procedure with remaining patties. Spread 1 teaspoon mustard on top half of each bun. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each bun, and top each serving with 1 tomato slice, 1/4 cup arugula, and top half of bun.



Post 333: First Ever Performance of Together against the Odds, with Grant and Daniella in Jerusalem, Original Alliya Production and family activities in Shilo.

On June 15th I contacted Grant and Daniella’s Alliya Show, (they’ve been here 19 years) to let me know when their comedy show would have a run in Jerusalem.

Yes, they are coming to Jerusalem on September 21 st

For a glimpse of the show – watch last year’s promo video


0523 748 996

Here are the details:

After a highly successful run of our 2 man Aliyah comedy show, “Together, Against the Odds”, we are happy to announce our September dates and locations.

The show is an entertaining, lighthearted musical comedy about two very different people who found love, converted to Judaism and made Aliyah.

Audience comments – ‘it’s been too long since we laughed as heartily – pure therapy. Songs were great … If this talented couple is in your area, go see them…you’ll be happy you did!’.

Here are the show dates, times and venues:

Tel Aviv   – Motze Shabbat, September 3rd  – Ozen Bar, 48 King George Street, Tel Aviv – 10.00 PM.

Modiin     – Monday,        September 5th  – WIZO Hall, 1 Ahlamah Street, Shchunat Kaizer – 8.30 PM.

Haifa      – Motze Shabbat  September 10th – Hecht House, 142 Sderot Hanassi – 8.30 PM.

Kfar Saba  – Thursday,      September 15th – Bait Hatarbot Raizel, 12 Geula Street – 8.30 PM.

Jerusalem  – Wednesday,     September 21st – Merkaz Hatarbuyot Armonia, Hillel 27 – 8.30 PM.

The address for the Harmonia Cultural Center is 27 Hillel street – it’s set back from the street. It’s actually closer to a street called Ma’avar Beit Haknesset.

Here is the google map link to the location –

Beer shebaThursday       September 22nd – Matnas Levin, 3 Eliyahu Hanavi – 7.00 PM.

Netanya    – Thursday       October   20th – Beit Oleh America, 28 Shmuel Hanatziv – 8.30 PM.

Tickets:   50 NIS.

To purchase tickets: or contact Grant 052 374 8996  /  Daniella 052 631 5045

 INFO: activities in Shiloh!


The land of biblical heroes is gearing up…

“Shiloh UTVs”offers off-road tours and
extreme activities in the Shiloh area!

Come discover the amazing trails and
beautiful views of the Binyamin region

in our self-driven off-road vehicles.

Experience our ultra-fun paintball war games!

All this is not too far from home- only half an hour
from Jerusalem and 40 minutes from Tel Aviv.

Look us up on facebook “Shilo UTVs”.‎טרקטורוני שילה Shilo UTVs‎'s photo.
(not Shiloh Texas! Not Utah either!
Right herein Israel!)

or find us on waze”shilo utvs”

We are located next to ancient Shiloh

call today for more information

052-4667925 or 02-9920235

or email

‎טרקטורוני שילה Shilo UTVs‎'s photo.
These look like a bunch of fun.


טרקטורוני שילה,

שטח ואקסטרים בבנימין



Post 332: How to handle an unruly refrigerator, how to turn leftover vegetables and/or a vegetable stir fry into a soup, and Raisin-fruit-nut-Carrot Muffins

How to handle an unruly refrigerator:  Everyone seems to have refrigerator troubles one time or another.

-The wealthy are particularly angry that they are not spared.

I’ve read. “I hate my Northland. It is loud, inefficient, and not dependable. The ice-maker rarely works. The solenoid on the water line for the ice maker just started leaking. A solenoid is a type of electromagnet when the purpose is to generate a controlled magnetic.

(It is the actual solenoid, not the connection and ruined by laminate floor.) That part is usually under an extended warrantee, but probably quite rare (my comment).

The front grill always rattles when the motor is running. The fan on the freezer side has iced up several times. For the price, I expected better. I could have bought 5 refrigerators of better quality than what I paid for this piece of junk.” That rich folks should suffer.

“Oy” or the Liebherr, “The major problem is icing on the back of the fridge.” That’s the one that will be addressed here.

The first fridge is about $26,000 and the second about $9,000.

After speaking with friends, it appears that water also forms on the back wall of Israeli refrigerators, the common garden variety. Concerning the drawbacks of our precious second-hand Liebherr,  and suggestions, a  reader offered the following diagnosis:

There will always be frost and, especially in humid climates, some ice on the back of the fridge. (By following these steps, no ice is appearing, although I hope (B’H) not to give my fridge an “Ein Horah”, an evil eye:

עין הרע

This is a compromise for the depth of the fridge. We put meats and other items like pickles, etc, at the very back of the fridge to keep them as cold as possible. There’s a risk of it freezing if you rest it against the back. We live in an apartment and are used to these compromises. If you live in a house, get a bigger fridge that cools itself more traditionally.

Icing and drain plug clogging are related issues in our experience. For whatever reason, the fridge circulation fan is defaulted to the off position. With this off you will get a lot more icing on the back of the fridge. This will then clog your drain plug with ice. Turn the fan on and occasionally check to see if it is still on – a power outage will turn it off again. ( I never had to do this – my comment and don’t mess with a fan).

We’ve had it running for about a year and no more ice issues.What to do if the drain plugs up? You will need to defrost the fridge completely and have it turned off – leave the doors open. Wait until the ice melts. If there are sheets of ice, wait until they sort of melt, then pull them out – otherwise, expect large puddles. We poured some hot water from the tap (not boiled water) into the drain to help it along, but that took forever. Now’s a good time to clean the back wall of the fridge. Not too bad, all things considered.” And another, I yearly use a pipe cleaner to clean the drain hole, take off the vent cover, and vacuum the coils. I also have my fridge on a plug surge protector.

I don’t have this, my comment). I do so for all my rentals. I must have bought a gem.”

Knowing the Austrians by their complicated watch works, including several imperial clockmakers who designed the clock machine of Prague Orloj, the practicality of the Liebherr demands more clarification. The following tasks in addition to those above, are crucial to getting your Liebherr to silently serve you (with little or no water changes on the back wall ), and not the other way around.

1) This is the hardest part, but truly worth the effort and time. Ask your 5 best and closest friends to take your food from the fridge and freezer. If you do this at Passover time your problems should be reduced. This year we just cleaned the fridge and didn’t defrost the entire system. That was a mistake.

The refrigerator is supposed to self-defrost approximately four times in every 24 hour period. If one of the components in the self-defrosting system fails, the refrigerator continues to try to cool. Eventually, though, so much frost builds up on the evaporator coils that the circulating fan can’t draw air over the coils. There may still be a small amount of cooling because the coils are icy, but with no air flow over the coils, cooling in the refrigerator compartment is quite limited. Here’s an inexpensive, though inconvenient, way to determine if the problem is with the self-defrosting system. Remove all of the perishable food from the refrigerator and freezer, turn the thermostat in the refrigerator to Off, and leave the doors open for 24 to 48 hours. (Be sure to have several towels ready in case the melting frost and ice causes the drip pan to overflow). This allows the refrigerator to defrost “manually.” When the frost and ice build-up has completely melted away, turn the thermostat back to a normal setting.




2-Vacuum the coils in the rear. We purchased our Liebherr second-hand. It was placed in storage. Now, eight years after it has been in place, I looked closely at the evaporation apparatus in the back. It was filled with brown leaves. From where? It had been moved to storage on a snowy day and the fridge was not wrapped. In other words, any opening is the weakest link in the refrigerator’s circulation system. THE WATER doesn’t need to be perfectly clear, but not potentially a problem filled with debris.

3) Your fridge will not experience toxic shock if you  return cold food to the fridge and frozen food to the freezer. Then it will not be overworked.

4) There is a super cool setting for the freezer if you are putting a lot of room temperature meats and fish etc, into the fridge, but I have not used it. Be sure to cool warm foods to room temperature before putting them away. That’s a given.

5) The amount of moisture on the back wall is insignificant now compared to the half-inch of fluffy snow there before this melt-down was performed. Try to keep vegetables and fruit in the drawer. I was told and read that food kept in glass is healthier than kept in plastic. However, more energy is expended for every square inch of glass surface than for plastic, as glass has the ability to stay really cold, as in a nice cold bottle of beer. If you remember basic science, when a cold surface comes in contact with a warmer surface, condensation will occur on the warmer surface, as in the surface of an interior window.20160724_094928.jpg

6) Try to limit the amount of air in plastic jars, packages and glass containers, as your fridge will be working to cool air inside them. That’s a waste.

7) The instruction manual recommends emptying and turning off your fridge when you plan to be away for more than a month. I never did this and just relied on weekly visitors to open and close the fridge at regular intervals. However, there were always some puddles on the floor when I return home. In the future, I hope to (B’H) follow this recommendation.



This is the water container that had leaves in it that I removed with a bulbous tube. Don’t worry if the water is tinged a bit as it is continuously evaporating.

 8) When you turn your fridge back on, it is the time to put the fridge at 14 degrees C and the freezer at -18 C. Then after a few days the fridge temperature can be lowered to 9 degrees C which is 48 degrees F. That’s where my fridge sits now.

9) Plan to keep leftovers to a minimum. going to try this: how to turn leftover vegetables/ or a vegetable stir fry into a soup:

Allow your favorite rice noodles to boil for 5-7 minutes and turn off. Pour the stir fry mixture into the pot with the noodles and add the soy sauce and grated ginger. While the broth is still hot, stir to make sure all ingredients are well mixed in the soup. Pour in a large bowl and top off with cilantro and jalapeno peppers.


“Raisin-Carrot Muffins

Raisin-Carrot Muffins

  • Makes: 16 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Carb Grams Per Serving: 24
From Diabetic Living with alteration
  • 2 oz or 60 grams golden/red  raisins or dried currants chopped in cuizinart
  • 2 oz pistachio nuts chopped
  • 2 teaspoon bourbon soaked vanilla
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oats medium coarseness
  • 1 cup ground walnuts
  • 1/3 cup toasted wheat germ/ground flax seed/ground poppy seed. I use a nut/coffee grinder for that
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk/pareve substitute
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar or brown sugar substitute* equivalent to 1/3 cup brown  or 2/3 cup shredded apple,- or  puried fruit on hand, you can add even more if you shred the apples and squeeze out the juice and then chop. Or if you have any ripe peaches, mango or nectarine use those, but peal first.
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1 1/2 cup finely shredded carrot, can be more, up to 1 lb.  if you like carrots and are serving dish as a vegetable side dish
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F or 205 degrees C. In a small bowl, dampen dried fruit with boiling water; pour vanilla over and set aside. Coat sixteen 2-1/2-inch muffin cupswith cooking spray or line with paper bake cups; set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, stir together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, wheat germ, or ground flax meal, bakingpowder, baking soda, salt, and the cinnamon and nutmeg. Make a well in the center.

  3. In a small bowl, beat egg slightly; stir in buttermilk, brown sugar or substitute, and oil. Add all at once to flour mixture; stir just until moistened (the batter should be lumpy). Drain raisins. Gently fold raisins, fruit and shredded carrot into batter. I added the dry ingredients to the combined fruit plus batter.

  4. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups, filling each cup two-thirds full. I weigh out 85 grams. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon and pistachios. My batter seamed very dry, so I mixed in 5 grams of very ripe smooth banana into each cup.

  5. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from cups. Serve warm. Makes 16 muffins. I generally do 15 minutes and then remove and turn in the cup and then continue.

  6. Tip

  • *Sugar Substitute: Choose from Sweet ‘N Low Brown or Sugar Twin Granulated Brown. Follow package directions to use product amount that’s equivalent to 1/3 cup brown sugar. Or omit according to taste because there is dry fruit and cut up fruit


Post 331: Shvitah (strike) at the Misrad Lishkat Taasuka Office (Vocational Training) , thwarting terror attack jerusalem today and witnessing first alert responders to the scene of a suspicious person at the rakevet train platform and ultimately thwarting terrorist attack

wp-1468742559315.jpegThis is  a news-filled morning and it’s only 10:30. I’ll begin with the good news and lastly the best news. Pipe bomb terrorist thwarted.

img_20160715_133025.jpgA dove has chosen to deposit her eggs on the landing’s windowsill. They don’t look suspicious. This is the condenser to my refrigerator. The fridge is a bust because the back wall (inside of course) is icing up. This also has wires and coils, and it too is not suspicious.

img_20160712_121750.jpgI’m smiling to the guard and he smiles back and then says “you don’t look suspicious”. This photo was taken on July 4th.


After my meet-up with the dove eggs I strolled down the Shatz Midrachov (pedestrian mall) and shot this advertisement from the side of the passing bus.


This took place on June 30th  with family and friends with
JUDITH MERGUI, and AMIR SHIREY _ Alliya from France is in the

More details: 9 rue Ethiopia Jerusalem to help French Olim
Phone: 02-6247695
Phone: 02-6235047

Just a perfect morning to do some errands, starting with a visit to Misrad Lishkat Taasuka Office (Vocational Training), then catch some fresh blueberry muffins from Off the Square, and then head home with some dry-cleaning.

wp-1468743851778.jpeg On Thursday, July 14th, I had a meeting with my “Klita”, (absorption counselor). There’s a ten year framework for participating in a voucher program for vocational training. Seven years ago I convinced the counselor that I’d be employable as a graphic designer, with 80% funded by the government. I went to the first meeting of the course and was very impressed. However, the workload seemed to much for me and I waived the offer. Then I was 64.

Today the maximum age is 62, the age of retirement for women. The law has been changed. Inna delivered the news, no course in carpentry, my interest.

Today I was at 21 Yaffo to learn about a general government sponsored Carpentry courses. Inna wasn’t too optimistic considering my age.

When I explained to Inna that every day in Israel is better and better, she bantered with me.

During the 20 year Stalin regime, the saying was, “Life is getting better”. That’s a whole lot different,

The sign above was posted on 21 Yaffo, “Employee Strike.”

Rather than walk across the street to the train, I decided to walk along Yaffo.

Planned to ride home, but remembered the muffins. Just as I turned into the shop I heard a burst of sirens. I was unable to catch a photo  of the vehicles streaming to the spot where police were quickly putting up barriers. The photo below shows the tracks free of trains and very few pedestrians. As I turned to the right moments later, hundreds of people dispatched from the City Hall stop exited the train and were briskly walking up Rechove Yaffo to King George. There they would find alternate transportation to their jobs and homes. No, there were not as yet many children and baby carriages in the train. The hour was too early.



Had I walked from 21 Yaffo back to the train station, I could very well have been on the train with the terrorist before he was approached by the train’s security guard. They say that B’H he was stopped before he entered the train.

Police thwarted the potential terrorist attack in central Jerusalem on at about 9:00 AM when they arrested a Palestinian man found to be carrying explosive devices near the capital’s busy light rail, to be exact, in front of Khalifa shoes on Rechove Jaffo.

The suspect was attempting to board the Jerusalem light rail on Jaffa Street when he was detained. The surrounding area, including Jaffa Street and King George Street has been closed. The man raised police suspicions while he was standing at a light rail station with a bag. Security forces asked to search the insides of the bag, where they found what they suspected to be an explosive device.

Police and sappers were called to the scene. Following inspections of the belongings, police said they had determined that a number of pipe bombs were inside the suspect’s bag.

Bomb squads were working to neutralize the devices, and police took in the suspect in his 20s for questioning. (from the Jerusalem Post)


Post 330: City gives to Cinematek for a few days to charge kids 45 Sh for each child, parent is free.

I doubt that the Harry Wilf Foundation, the main contributors to Gan Ha Atzmaot, have agreed or support fee for admissions inJerusalem’s only central park

Cinema Park for Kids? Sorry if I am a bit late with this post. Occupied with resolving a refrigerator problem.At first glance the idea of movies in the park sounds great.

The 33rd annual Jerusalem Film Festival held this past week offered a special outdoor Cinema Park for kids in Gan Haatzmaut.

Dates: July 10-14th.
Hours: 4:00pm-8:00pm

The park is my playground. I use the cushiony compound around the playground apparatus to shore me up as I jump rope and stretch.

The Wilf Family Foundation established the park’s picnic and play areas twenty years ago. They did not intend the ares to be fenced off from the poorest families.

The entire meadow was taken up limiting picnicing activities: I don’t think that more than a hand-full of people attended due to the heat.


  • Flipbookomega – 100 meter zipline opposite a wall painting that turns into an animated film just like a flip book.

  • Green Screen Booth – kids can sit in the car and switch the background image on the screen. Kids dressed up in costumes, wigs and props to get some great shots.

  • Arts & Crafts Tent – create zoetrope (film strips), stop motion pictures and sound recordings.

  • Dubbing Station – learn about special effects and dubbing

  • Popcorn – for pre schoolers there will be trampolines, foam popcorn to climb on and more fun.


They’re “slightly” cake like, but are definitely more like a cookie than cake or bread. Delicious way to use up some ripe bananas!


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup unsalted butter/half fruit syrup, at room temperature
1/2 cup or less granulated white sugar
1/2 cup or less light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup ripe banana, mashed
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips/100% chocolate slivers
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted & coarsely chopped


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper (or silpat), or spray with nonstick spray.

2. Whisk together flours, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl.

3. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars with an electric hand mixer; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add egg & vanilla; mix until combined. Mix in banana. Add flour mixture; mix just until combined. Stir in oats, chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop dough by heaping Tablespoonful onto prepared baking sheets (or use a cookie scoop), spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake cookies until golden brown and just set, 12 to 13 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks; let cool completely.

*Be sure to use a banana that is well on its way to the trash can. The darker it is, the softer and sweeter it becomes.

*To toast walnuts, spread on a baking sheet and toast briefly (3-5 min) in a 375 degree oven. Watch closely because they’ll turn into burnt walnuts pretty quickly.
*Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 2 days. They also freeze well.

Source: (Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cookies)

46 NIS per child

Post 329:: Necessary memories and the Historic Rhizhin Dynasty Dinner

This post cannot adequately describe the last several weeks of tragedies for the Jewish people, nor does it respect adequately the memory of the deep past of the historic Rhizin chassidic dynasty, which is celebrating a reunion. One is incapable of firstly expressing appreciation and gratitude to the 21st century Jewish princes and princes, gracing our land, and the second to visualize the Rhizin influence centuries ago until today. Both Jewish communities have lived to see danger around the next corner. Sadly Israelis, in their own land are cautious to their own after facing the ugly head of hatred. B’H, I will continue the discussion in my next post with photos of the two communities of Kiriyat Arbah and Otniel and of Hebron.

We lost two beautiful Jewish neshamos,

Rabbi Michael  (Miki) Mark and Hallel Yaffa Ariel.

Through a friend I learned of an opportunity to pay a shivah call to their families. At the homes of mourners, traditionally we recite the traditional formula:

HaMakom yenachem et’chem b’toch shar avay’lay Tzion vee’Yerushalayim.

May the Omnipresent comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. So many of our people flocked to the families of Rabbi Michael  (Miki) Mark and Hallel Yaffa Ariel.

Our group of 17 boarded a regular bus, (not an armoured bus), around the corner from the OU Center on Keren Kayemet L’Ysrael:

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An armored bus is a type of bus which provides increased protection for passengers, usually against small arms and improvised explosive devices.

The bus can be a stock commercial bus with retro-fitted vehicle armour as well as bulletproof glass. This was the type that our group used.

We passed Efrat’s checkpoint to reach Kiriat Arbah.  It was clear that any vehicles on the road along side our bus were those of locals – Arabs and Jews, going about their business.

Amihai Ariel (see photo of Rina Ariel) asked the Israeli public to join him at the Temple Mount entrance on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., to march up to the area together in his daughter’s memory.

Hallel Yaffa Ariel

The father of terrorism victim Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, called for the Mugrabi Gate and bridge that leads from the Western Wall plaza to the Temple Mount to be renamed for his daughter.

“I invite everyone to head up to the place of our Temple, in memory of Hallel and to call the Mugrabi Gate, the Hallel Gate,” Amihai said in a short video that was posted on You- Tube.The Ariel family ended its traditional seven-day mourning period on Thursday, after a Palestinian from the nearby village of Bani Naim, Muhammad Tarayrah, 17, infiltrated their home in the settlement of Kiryat Arba and killed Hallel while she was in bed.

The family is among the founding members of the group Women for the Temple, which promotes visits by Jewish women to the compound, known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif.

The area is under the control of the Islamic Wakf trust and only Muslims are allowed to pray there, but non-Muslims are allowed to visit.

The Ariel family is part of a Jewish movement that wants Jews to also be allowed to pray there. On Thursday after the mourning period was over, the Ariel family went to visit the family of Rabbi Michael Mark in Otniel.

Mark was killed by Palestinian gunmen on Route 60 in the South Hebron Hills, one day after the terror attack that claimed Hallel’s life.Miki Mark, who was murdered in a terror attack near Hebron on July 1, 2016 (Courtesy)

Miki Mark, who was murdered in a terror attack near Hebron on July 1, 2016 (Courtesy)

Hundreds marched the road from Kiriat Arbah to Otniel through Arab hld territory today ( Sunda)


For the first time in 25 years, all 5 Rhizhiner Rebbes are coming together for the anniversary celebration of the Tshortkover Beis Medrash (in Europe).
Rebbes in attendance from: Boyan, Sadiger, Behush, Vasloi, Kapishnitz, Tshortkov…and more.The information below is attributed to Wikipedia.

Israel Friedman of Ruzhyn (Hebrew: ישראל פרידמן מרוז’ין‎‎) (5 October 1796]– 9 October 1850), also called Israel Ruzhin, was a Hasidic rebbe in 19th-century Ukraine and Austria. Known as Der Heiliger Ruzhiner (Yiddish: דער הייליגער רוזשינער‎, “The holy one from Ruzhyn“), he conducted his court with regal pomp and splendor. Tsar Nicholas I of Russia, who was said to be jealous of the Rebbe’s wealth and influence, had the Rebbe imprisoned for nearly two years on an unsubstantiated murder charge. After his release, the Rebbe fled to Austria, where he re-established his court in Sadigura, Bukovina (Carpathian Mountains), attracted thousands of Hasidim, provided for the Hasidic community in Israel, and inaugurated the construction of the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Friedman was the first and only Ruzhiner Rebbe. However, his sons and grandsons founded their own dynasties, collectively known as the “House of Ruzhin“. These dynasties, which follow many of the traditions of the Ruzhiner Rebbe, are Bohush, Boyan, Chortkov, Husiatyn, Sadigura, and Shtefanesht. The founders of the Vizhnitz, Skver, and Vasloi Hasidic dynasties were related to the Ruzhiner Rebbe through his daughters.

Friedman was a direct descendant through the male line of Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezeritch (the Maggid of Mezritch) (1704–1772), the main disciple of the Baal Shem Tov. He was the great-grandson of the Maggid of Mezritch, the grandson of Rabbi Avrohom HaMalach (1740–1777), and the son of Sholom Shachne, Rebbe of Prohobisht (1769–1802). His maternal grandfather was Rabbi Nochum of Chernobyl, a close associate of the Baal Shem Tov. He was given the name Yisroel (Israel) after the Baal Shem Tov, Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer.He had two older brothers, Avrohom (1787–1812) and Dov Ber (the latter died in childhood), and a younger sister, Chaya Ita.

Claiming descent from the Royal line of King David, his father, the Rebbe of Prohobisht, comported himself differently from other Hasidic leaders of the time. While most Hasidic leaders dressed in white clothes, he wore fashionable woolen clothes sewn with buttons. He also lived in an impressive house with a large garden. These elements would later be incorporated into Friedman’s conduct as rebbe.

Friedman was six years old when his father died and his brother Avrohom, aged 15, took over the leadership of their father’s Hasidim in Prohobisht. At age 7, Friedman was engaged to Sarah, daughter of Rabbi Moses Efrati of Berdichev. At age 13, he married and moved to Botoșani, Romania. Three years later, his brother Avrohom died without offspring and he performed Halizah and succeeded his brother as leader of the Prohobisht Hasidim. After living first in Prohobisht and then in Skvyra, Friedman settled in Ruzhyn, where he achieved the reputation of a great holy man and attracted thousands of followers, making the Ruzhin dynasty “the largest and most influential Hasidic community in the southwestern districts of the Pale of Settlement“. His leadership also promoted widespread acceptance of the Hasidic movement, allowing Hasidism to flourish in Ukraine and Volhynia without opposition for the next hundred years.

Regal court

The Ruzhiner Rebbe was a charismatic leader known for his aristocratic demeanor. He set a regal tone for his court, living in a palatial home with splendid furnishings; riding in a silver-handled carriage drawn by four white horses; being accompanied by an entourage of attendants; and wearing a golden yarmulke and stylish clothing with solid-gold buttons. His children, too, dressed like nobility and were attended by servants in livery.

Although this type of grandeur and opulence was highly unusual for Hasidic leaders, the Rebbe was accepted by many leading rabbis and rebbes of his time, who accepted that he was comporting himself in a way that would elevate God’s glory through His representative, the tzadik. The Ruzhiner Rebbe was thought by his followers to constantly humble himself before God and afflicted his body with fasts and other afflictions. Allegedly, one winter night, after standing outdoors to sanctify the New Moon wearing his solid-gold boots studded with diamonds, his Hasidim noticed blood on the snow where he had been standing. They discovered that the extravagant boots had no sole, and thus, when the Rebbe walked outside, he was essentially walking barefoot. After that, people understood that the Rebbe’s style of living was meant solely for the sake of Heaven.

The Rebbe related to the poor and downtrodden as to the famous rebbes and Hasidim who flocked to his court. He also gained the respect of the Russian upper class.

Imprisonment and escape

The Rebbe’s extravagant lifestyle and prestige aroused the envy of Tsar Nicholas I and the ire of the Jewish maskilim (members of the Jewish Enlightenment movement); the latter continually plotted to bring about the Rebbe’s downfall. In 1838, at the height of a two-year investigation of the murder of two Jewish informers, the Rebbe was arrested by the governor-general of Berdichev on the accusation of complicity in the murders. He was brought before the Tsar, whose own agents told him that the Rebbe was trying to establish his own kingdom and was fomenting opposition to the government. The Tsar had the Rebbe jailed in Donevitz for seven months, and then imprisoned in Kiev for fifteen months, pending a decision on exiling him to the Caucasus or Siberia. No formal charges were ever filed against him, and no trial was ever held. On 19 February 1840 (Shushan Purim 5600), the Rebbe was suddenly released. But he was still subject to the allegation of opposing the government, and was placed under police surveillance at his home, which made it increasingly difficult for his Hasidim to visit him. The Rebbe decided to move to Kishinev, where the district authority was more lenient, and his family joined him. When his Hasidim found out through inside sources that Tsar was going ahead with his plan to exile the Rebbe for his attempts to create a “Jewish kingdom”, they bribed the governor of Kishinev to provide the Rebbe with an exit visa to Moldavia. Just as the Rebbe was leaving Kishinev, the government orders for his arrest and deportation arrived. When the Rebbe reached Iaşi, capital of Moldavia, his Hasidim obtained for him a travel pass to cross the border into Austria. His plight became an international cause célèbre, with Hasidim and non-Hasidim throughout Eastern Europe petitioning government officials and even priests to save the Rebbe from extradition and exile.

Partial view of the palace of the Grand Rabbi in Sadigura

Moving from town to town — including Shatsk in Bukovina (which belonged to Austria), Kompling, and Skola — the Rebbe ended up in Sadigura, Bukovina, home to the second-largest Jewish community in Austria (after Chernowitz). In that town, 40 years before, a 10-year-old boy named Yisroel Donenfeld had disappeared without a trace. The Rebbe presented himself as the long-lost Yisroel, and with the testimony of eight men who affirmed that he was born in Sadigura, he received citizenship papers. His Hasidim helped him purchase property in the town and show proof that he had 20,000 crowns for his support, whereupon he received honorary citizenship and the protection of the Austrian government. In the summer of 1842, the Rebbe’s family was finally allowed to join him, on condition that they relinquish all rights to visit or return to Russia.

The Rebbe built another palatial home in Sadigura that was even more beautiful than the one he had left in Ruzhyn. His beis medrash (synagogue) accommodated 3,000 worshippers. Thousands of Hasidim crossed the border from throughout Galicia, Russia and Romania to be with him, and all the Jews in Sadigura became Ruzhiner Hasidim.

Activities in Israel-the Rebbe brought land contiguous to the Kotel, land that was about to be sold to the Russian Monarchy!

The Tiferes Yisrael Synagogue inJerusalem was named after the Ruzhiner Rebbe, who instigated its construction.

The Apter Rav named the Ruzhiner Rebbe as president of Kollel Volhynia, with responsibility for raising and distributing the money to support the Hasidic community in the Land of Israel. The Rebbe encouraged Hasidim to emigrate and provided for their support through the kollel. Although he wished to make aliyah himself, he said that he could not leave his Hasidim.

In 1843, Rabbi Nissan Beck, a Ruzhiner Hasid, traveled from Jerusalem to Sadigura to visit the Rebbe. He informed him that TsarI Nicholas I intended to buy a plot of land next to the Western Wall with the intention of building a church and monastery there. The Rebbe gave Beck the task of thwarting the Tsar’s attempt. Beck managed to buy the land from its Arab owners for an exorbitant sum, mere days before the Tsar ordered the Russian consul in Jerusalem to make the purchase for him. The Tsar was forced to buy a different plot of land for a church, which is known today as the Russian Compound. The Rebbe’s son, Rabbi Avrohom Yaakov Friedman of Sadigura, completed the task of raising funds and inaugurated the building in the summer of 1872. The synagogue was named Tiferet Yisroel after the Ruzhiner Rebbe; it was also known as the Nissan Beck Synagogue after its architect and builder.

The Rebbe died at the age of 54 on 9 October 1850 (3 Cheshvan 5610), probably due to heart failure, and was buried in Sadigura. On his deathbed he testified to his disciple, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Fastan: “The holy master, Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi, Rabbeinu Hakadosh, testified about himself that he did not take pleasure from this world, even as much as a small finger. I bear self-witness, Heaven and Earth, that I did not take enjoyment from this world even as much as a slender thread. As for my behaving with overt leadership and pomp, this was all done to honor the Holy One, Blessed is He”.

For more info contact: or call +32-484-397-979. Information courtesy of Wikipedia

Post 327- Forget Therabands; use tire tubes! from, A magnificent pleating performance, trying to manufacture handles, some summer mango recipes

Molly holds a tire tube of sand used for conditioning purposesAre you a designer? I like to think that I am. For the last few years pleating has been a passion. I discovered a workshop down several steps on Micha street run by two elderly Hungarian ladies. In Meah Shearim pleated skirts flowed for generations of Yeshivah girls. The New York City Garment District counterpart is Tom’s Pleating which maybe one of the few remaining work rooms in Manhattan. There may be one in Williamsburg. I have brought work to a notions store facing the entrance to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. Isn’t that flag number magnificent? The way that the pleats are formed is by the following technique. I watched the ladies do the work meticulously. Look at the first photograph.

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The waxed cardboard under the fabric is used over and over. The half-circle of fabric is pinched into the grooves of the cardboard and held tightly in position. Then the bundle is tied fast like a compressed hand held fan and put into a steamer closet overnight.
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My goal is to combine the flexibility of rubber and the stability of wood.

How to make a bamboo handle.

Step 1: collect bamboo, I am working on that

Step 2: prepare your bamboo scraps

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Glue together thin pieces of bamboo with the fibres along the lenght of the piece.
Sand down the shape on the drum sander to get one side rounded(see photo). This piece makes up one half of the front section of the handle.

Step 3: The front section of the handle

Picture of The front section of the handle

Cut out inner section so the knife’s shaft will fit between while allowing the two bamboo pieces to connect. Add a piece of white plastic (Micarta) to become the front of your handle.

I added thin pieces of red plastic (Vulcano fibre) to make nice lines between the section.Optional…

Step 4: The back section of the handle

Picture of The back section of the handle
This works out pretty much as the front section, but without the narrowed “nose” of the handle.

Step 5: The mid leather section

Picture of The mid leather section

Cut lots of leather strips and make a suitable hole on the middle. A tool as seem on the picture is useful at this step.

Stack the leather on the shaft adding wood glue between each piece.

Put under pressure and let dry. Oh…and you might want to start with fitting the top piece of the handle first- or things will be complicated(see photo).

Step 6: Putting on The End

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Glue on the end piece as shown. Use Epoxi glue here.

Step 7: Grinding it!

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Grind the handle to the shape you want. A drum sander helps!

Step 8: Finishing touches!

Picture of Finishing touches!

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Sand it with sand paper in steps of 200 from 100 up to a 1000 until you are satisfied with the finish. Add oil and watch the magic transformation!

Mango Pudding Recipe (Without Gelatin / With Agar Agar)


Easy to make, creamy, luscious and vegetarian mango pudding recipe made with agar agar. This is one of the QUICKEST dessert recipes. Yes, it comes together within 15 minutes only, rest job is done by refrigerator.

Easy to make, creamy, luscious and vegetarian mango pudding recipe is made with agar agar.

Basic Info:

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Chilling time: 5-6 hours
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Servings: 3 servings

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Dessert


Agar agar flakes – 2 teaspoons (If using agar agar powder then use 1 teaspoon)
Water – ⅓ cup
Milk – 1 cup/fruit nectar
Heavy whipping cream – 2 tablespoons, optional
Sweetened condensed milk – ¼ cup or almond milk thickened with flax meal
Mango puree – ½ cup

How To Make Mango Pudding (Step By Step Recipe With Photos):

1) Take agar agar flakes and using kitchen scissors cut into smaller flakes. Make sure to cut into small pieces so it will dissolve faster.

2) Take water and agar agar flakes in a small saucepan. Bring it to a simmer on medium heat. Let the agar agar dissolve completely.
Mango pudding recipe (Without gelatin / With agar agar)

3) Meanwhile on another stove, take milk and heavy cream in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil on medium heat.

4) Add sweetened condensed milk and stir well to combine.
Mango pudding recipe (Without gelatin / With agar agar)

5) Turn off the stove as soon as it comes to a boil.

6) Now that agar agar flakes have been dissolved completely. Turn off the stove.
Mango pudding recipe (Without gelatin / With agar agar)

7) Add that water into the milk mixture and immediately mix well. Let it cool for 5-7 minutes.

8) Now add mango puree.
Mango pudding recipe (Without gelatin / With agar agar)

9) Stir well to combine.

10) Divide the pudding mixture into individual serving bowls.
Mango pudding recipe (Without gelatin / With agar agar)

11) Cover it with the the plastic wrap and chill into the refrigerator for 5-6 hours or till it is set. If you shake the bowl gently, it looks set but in center it will be still wobbly. Once set, garnish with few chocolate slices

Crumble using different fruits from ordinary apple. Can be frozen and reheated easily. Directions for freezing and reheating included below.



  • 450g ripe pears, peeled, cored and thickly sliced-I dipped in boiling water to peel easlily

  • 1tablespoon dark brown sugar-omit-

  • 2mangoes, peeled, stoned and roughly chopped

  • 1piece gingerroot, finely chopped

  • 175g all-purpose flour

  • 85g butter

  • 85g dark brown sugar

  • 85g pecan nuts, very roughly chopped


    Heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius In a small saucepan, add pears, sugar, and 4 Tbsp water. Cook gently over low heat about 5 minutes until pears are just tender. Remove from heat and stir in the mangoes and stem ginger. Spoon mixture into a 1.75 litre baking dish and leave to cool.
    For the crumble mixture, rub butter into the flower until crumbly (as name suggests). Stir in sugar and pecans, then sprinkle mixture over the fruit mixture.
    Bake at 180 degrees C for 30 minutes until lightly browned on top.
    If freezing, prepare to end of step 2. Wrap whole dish in large freezer bag, seal, and freeze up to 1 month. Can be baked from frozen in a 160 degree C oven for 50 minutes.
    Serve with cream or vanilla ice cream.

  • Or if you want to save on the calories, just mix the peeled fruit, and vanilla  and pressure cook for 2 minutes, let the pressure drop and chill. Serve with crushed nuts or creme fresh.

Check Out Our Top Cobblers and Crisps Recipe

Check Out Our Top Cobblers and Crisps Recipe


  1. Heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius In a small saucepan, add pears, fruit juice, and 4 Tbsp water. Cook gently over low heat about 5 minutes until pears are just tender. Remove from heat and stir in the mangoes and stem ginger. Spoon mixture into a 1.75 litre baking dish and leave to cool.
  2. For the crumble mixture, rub butter into the flower until crumbly (as name suggests). Stir in sugar and pecans, then sprinkle mixture over the fruit mixture.
  3. Bake at 180 degrees C for 30 minutes until lightly browned on top.
  4. If freezing, prepare to end of step 2. Wrap whole dish in large freezer bag, seal, and freeze up to 1 month. Can be baked from frozen in a 160 degree C oven for 50 minutes.
  5. Serve with cream or vanilla ice cream.

Post 328: Exciting Trips July 18th lead by Shalom Pollack, Kholrabi Salad

EVENT: Tour of Mitzpe Yericho and Ein Gedi Areas 18 July

Once again, Shalom Pollack will be leading a tour. Experience a unique corner of our Land Monday, July 18.

Summary: The Jericho and Dead Sea areas shall take on a new meaning for you as we visit and learn about this beautiful corner of our land, our glorious past and the inspiring, dynamic present.

itinerary: We begin in Mizpe Yericho with it’s awe inspiring
view of the ancient city of Jericho and surroundings. We shall visit the village’s unique shul with it’s
special connection to the ancient (currently off limits) “Shalom Al Yisroel” synagoge in Jericho.

Shalom Al Yisrael Synagogue Mosaic

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Dip our feet into the very same Jordan River, where Yehoshua and the twelve tribes crossed into Western Eretz Yisroel on their way to conquer Jericho..

Mev’ot Yericho – A growing young pioneer village, next to Jericho, making the desert green with determined Jewish labor. We will have the honor of
meeting a founding member and plant a tree after visiting their very informative and inspiring “date horticulture center”

View the famous caves in Qumran where the Dead sea scrolls(the most important archaeological discovery of the twentieth century) were discovered.

We shall visit the recently discovered, beautiful mosaic floor of the Ein Gedi synagogue dating from the Second Temple. (The special secret of that community is hinted in the mosaic text..)

We shall visit the very popular “Ahava” cosmetics factory and outlet on kibbutz Mitzpe Shalem and learn about the secrets of the Dead sea’s cosmetic powers.The display rooms and shop are available for shoppers.

Pick up at 9:00 from the Inbal hotel, Jerusalem
Return app 6:00

Suited for all ages.

Pack a picnic lunch

Cost:150 Shekels, includes all entrance fees,
transportation, guiding

Please book early to reserve seats.

0522 352 724,

Kohlrabi and Carrot Slaw

Serves 4-6

1 large kohlrabi, peeled, stems trimmed off, grated
1/4 head purple cabbage, shredded
2 medium carrots, peeled and grated
1/2 red onion, grated
4 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1/4 cup golden raisins (optional)
1/4 cup mayonnaise or omit and ust olive oil (macro biotic)
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar or omit
1 teaspoon salt omit

Combine the kohlrabi, cabbage, carrots, onion, cilantro, and raisins (if using) in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, cider vinegar, sugar, and salt. Pour the dressing over the slaw, and mix until fully coated. Chill for several hours before serving.

Post 326: Prophetic that social media moves populations, all women concert July 4th, An Exhibit of beautiful artwork by the Jerusalem Artist Circle, my fluffy bean sprout salad

We are our home, and from it are our bearings. Without  home one is rootless. I am trying to imagine living alone, the norm today preferred by many, offering freedom to mingle or not.

I am offering my readers this link to a modern phenomena of being alone in crowd. Remember the book “A Lonely Crowd”? Reisman’s inner-directed person is, simply, “somewhat less concerned than the other-directed person with continuously obtaining from contemporaries (or their stand-ins: the mass media) a flow of guidance, expectation, and approbation.” See how the Internet intensifies things.

The floating plastic walk runway, laid out in a lake in Italy has drawn thousands of pedestrians. How cool!

People walk on the monumental installation entitled ‘The Floating Piers’ created by artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff on Iseo Lake, in northern Italy, on June 18, 2016. Some 200,000 floating cubes create a 3-kilometers runway connecting the village of Sulzano to the small island of Monte Isola on the Iseo Lake for a 16-day outdoor installation opened recently. Courtesy of MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images.

Visitor numbers to Christo's Floating Piers (2016) overwhelmed local authorities. Photo: MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images.
Who are these tens of thousands of people unlike those who gathered for the Civil Rights March on Washington.

Access to the Floating Piers is free of charge, and interest in the piece has been so high that in order to control overcrowding, local authorities had to stop visitors from continuing their journey towards the lake, effectively leaving over 3,000 people stranded at the Brescia train station.

Sources claim that the costs related to evacuating the stranded tourists, cleaning up after tens of thousands of visitors, and enforcing health and safety measures have made the installation too costly to maintain, to the point that they claim one should now raise the question of whether the ambitious project should have been authorized in the first place.

It appears that the movement and energy devoted to reaching the installation is to take photos, and post instagrams.

It boggles my mind to imagine people planning and making up a group amounting to tens of thousands on a daily basis traveling for the purpose of taking photos,  stranding themselves and then  what?  It’s frightening that social media has the potential to manipulate, create mass movements for recreation. Making  what I have coined Masscreations.

Israel ostensibly monitors any “recreational” activity that could impact negatively on an area of the country, the economy, and every ripple effect imaginable. All the major energy companies, gas, electric, transportation, etc. are protected against cyber attack, collapsing under strain, always prepared to perform rescue through government oversight. Nothing voluntary about it as in Europe and America. Am I exhibiting  paranoia?  The plans of tens began small and then grew exponentially.

Contagion affects  people’s motivation, and actions. Contagion theory is a theory of collective behavior which explains that the crowd can cause a hypnotic impact on individuals. The theory is first developed by Gustave Le Bon in his book called “the crowd: a study of popular mind in France” in 1885.

There are crowds and there are crowds. I visited the light show in the Old City on the last night of the show, and towards the end I noticed there were 6-7 across not like the 2-3’s when we started. There were several different colored routes and markers. At the exit they all merged.

I glanced ahead and saw that the police had cut off breaking away from the exiting crowd of which I was a part, and were leading them in a long path to allow only new visitors to enter the Old City.

My friend and I broke away and went against the crowd entering. We also had wanted to take a few more snapshots.  My point is, the police had a plan in place.

The following story made the New York Times. It illustrates again the power of social media to move crowds. These are beautiful Basketball courts.

I would spend a morning jumping rope and afterwards have a coffee and just sitting back and point out the historic buildings across the East River. The basketball courts on Pier 2 at Brooklyn Bridge Park draw players from around the city.

But a rash of court side fights, punctuated by gunfire last year, have prompted the police, at times, to shut down the pier. CreditAlex Wroblewski for The New York Times

Brooklyn Bridge Park, the 85-acre park at the edge of Brooklyn Heights, transformed an industrial shoreline into a recreational esplanade that today draws over 125,000 people on summer weekends.

That’s a lot of people. True it’s spread over several days.

Particularly prized are the park’s tidy basketball courts that draw players from as far as the Bronx and Queens for their million-dollar views of Lower Manhattan and other amenities not often found on more humble home turfs — like actual nets on the hoops.

The situation has set some residents in the well-off neighborhood, which is mostly white, on edge.

The players, many of whom are black, say that whatever problems have occurred are relatively limited and believe that they are the victims of stereotyping.


Aaliyah Johnson, 17, travels from Flatbush to use the courts. “We just came here to play basketball,” she said. Court side fisticuffs, they say, are just a result of teenagers being teenagers — and isn’t that what happens in parks? If you are not familiar with the term “fisticuffs” Here’s the definition:

A heated argument
It can sometimes end in fisticuffs, with both participants punching wildly at each other.
 The conflict between the players and the neighborhood plays out in particular at the southern end of the slim, 1.3-mile-long park, where it pours out onto Joralemon Street.

“Joralemon Street becomes like this funnel of kids who are already very agitated running down the street screaming, bouncing basketballs, taunting pedestrians, taunting cars,” said Linda DeRosa, the president of the Willowtown Association, a local civic group, referring to times when fights have caused the park to be closed by the police. “It’s just a sign that the park really needs to get control of their facility.”

The issue came to a head during a recent meeting at the local police precinct house, which was reported by Gothamist, in which residents said that the unruly crowds drawn to the courts were damaging the character of the neighborhood.

I am very much in favor of cameras posted where crowds gather. I made an inquiry to the Brooklyn conservancy that manages the parks as to whether they have cameras posted.

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