Post 346: A tactic to use when your word-press post in draft refuses to obey, follow orders and publish, a seuto-Hebrew for Campers, Golden Venture Folding (3D Origami) How do gymnasts get the girl  up standing up on their shoulder? Bust out this classic upper body chest, bicep and ab HIIT (high intensity interval trsinimh) workout. Kantin Recipe

I don’t know how many of my readers rely on Wordpress, for composing and publishing.

They are the greatest. They are my private administrator. Periodically, old Wordy goes out to lunch and then doesn’t come back for a few days, just passes on posting. Editing  and saving drafts, yes. No big deal. Don’t things get back to normal when one is patient?

The post that I tried to post wouldn’t get published, the same story every day.

I went reading word-press tutorials. which were not instructive.

They didn’t offer instruction to solve the “no publish” problem per se. The users got all kinds of ideas in their heads,  vented their frustration, described tinkling with “appearances”, and “themes”. I didn’t even know about “themes”.

The little rotating symbol looked stuck. Then I got another idea. Just jump to my next post which is in the hatch.  Wordy needed a kick start. As a result my posts are a little out of sequence. Big deal. Bingo! Published like there was no AWOL. And now the troublesome post got published too.

To move along, there’s a thread running thru this post and looking back, I can catch it. Simply put, going from point A to point B and some of the steps in between to construct or design. When does a settlement become a city? Maybe the opposite question can help us.

גרגרי חול

Grains of sand: When does it a heap of sand stop being a heap?  (from Wikepedia)

Start with a grain of sand, which is clearly not a heap, and then assume that adding a single grain of sand to something that is not a heap does not turn it into a heap. Inductively, this process can be repeated as much as one wants without ever constructing a heap.

A more natural formulation of this variant is to assume a set of colored chips exists such that two adjacent chips vary in color too little for human eyesight to be able to distinguish between them. Then by induction on this premise, humans would not be able to distinguish between any colors. 

The removal of one drop from the ocean, will not make it ‘not an ocean’ (it is still an ocean), but since the volume of water in the ocean is finite, eventually, after enough removals, even a litre of water left is still an ocean.

Getting back to the small “unnoticeable” incremental changes  in Israel’s landscape. To say  that Israel is not the country it was a few years ago, is on the surface ( to use a pun ) observable.

It seems crazy, increase in population for the secular and religious sectors. There is not a block where construction is not taking place. And it’s just not enough to fill the demand. Israeli Jews , secular and religious, and Israeli Arabs have the highest birthrate of any advance country, double that of Europe. 3.2 plus and the three groups are comparable.

While Israel’s ultra-Orthodox minority contributes disproportionately to Jewish population growth, most of the increase in Jewish births comes from the secular and non-Orthodox religious categories, which average 2.6 children per woman. Faitelson notes that the ultra-Orthodox fertility rate fell over the past decade, while the fertility of the general Jewish population rose. Areas south of Beer Shevah will be accessible in a short time with the new high speed train. Dry climates are good for the elderly. and people with allergies and asthma. Go South young man.

Walking down Jerusalem streets I puzzled, is the rational behind one street having an additional 6 stories and buildings and opposite it buildings remaining 4 story for the sake of preservation? Is one town’s population and the next one’s on separate tracks to population growth? Is one allowed to be faster growing and the next one less so as not to be noticed by the EU etc.?

Large families are busting out of their apartments and see a solution by allowing  a developer permission to add another 4 stories, take away the greenery, so that they can have an extra room and build protection against earthquakes in the building. After three years, when the additional apartments are available an entire neighborhood will be changed.

I questioned an owner in a four story building in Mircaz Ha’Ir as to whether he would accept a similar city offer if it were put to him.

This elderly owner, like others in her building, are not interested in an additional room. They lived without it and they can continue to live without it.

I’d like to think that the urban planners choose one side of a street for demotion and development and keep the other side low-rise, to not have feeling of being walled-in. But on that score, I can’t be sure.

The photo below displays an efficient way to demolish a building and not drag debris off site. The pile of gravel that is being churned out originated in the former structure, a building that was abandoned. I don’t know the story behind it but it stands alone on the side street next to Rechove King George. Opposite stands a building housing Israel Archeological Society, a low rise.










These are garden entrances  to one story structures, perhaps owned by Europeans and original owners. Much care is taken. I realized that the buidings were from the 1940’s because they are numbered Alef and Bet

People have commented, especially ones in their 70’s and 80’s about the exponential growth of towns into cities over a thirty year period.

A 90 year old gentleman born in Birmingham, named David Hill. England he described was a harsh place to be a young Jewish boy. He spent the war years in a suburb of London. David has the goal of re-visiting by train all the Israeli towns that he saw first in the 50’s as a “Tramper” and again in the 80’s and now with his walking cane. He takes a ride on the National Railroad at least once a week.

How does he reckon the present size of the town compared to his earlier visits? He cleverly counts the number of stops the bus makes after it crosses the town’s threshold.

With a burst of pride he estimated the population: 10 stops + so many people. Not to speak disparagingly, he discovered and I  did to on a train trip from Tel Aviv to Modiin, that a train stop and the actual Yishuv (town) where people live can be a 15 minute drive from the train. Buses don’t run except during commuter’s hours. A cab driver would naturally take the equivalent of $15-$20. That was my experience when I took the train from Tel Aviv to Modiin and I missed the last bus.

Apps track public transportation. Getting  a little afield from the topic of old and new. Similar as it’s just another example of going from point A to Point B.

I don’t know if you see the pair of gymnasts to the right? Balance, strength, coordination. To lift his partner, this is the method. They stand facing forward the woman in front and they grip palms. With constant palms pressing they swing their arms outward and soar. When the attempt fails it’s because (what I could see,)  the girl’s looked down on the way up. Don’t look down. Ever.


Talking about change, now something we really don’t need, is a new and improved Hebrew. I don’t feel that it needs to be improved. There are many new words in modern Hebrew and I came across one today.

In English we have the verb to invent and inventory. Do you see a connection. Perhaps Ben Yehuda, who championed Modern Hebrew for Israel’s language (at that point it was a toss-up between, Yiddish, German or Hebrew. He used the same shoresh.


This new Hebrew has been developed in America. For example, the word “camper” is made uni-sex. (masculine “hanich”/feminine “hanicha”) becomes “hanichol” at Habonim Dror camp,  the singular noun is given a new “chol” ending, alluding to the Hebrew word “kol” or “all.” Additionally, campers are taught plural nouns with an inclusive “–imot” suffix (as opposed to Hebrew’s more regular “-im” for masculine and “-ot” for feminine). (Times of Israel). Just so your child isn’t confused enough with the alef bet.

All I know is in Arabic, the feminine plural is “-ot” like Hebrew. The teachers don’t mess with combining to form new suffixes. Like I said, there are new ideas to test every day.

Golden Venture Folding (3D Origami)

I picked 3D paper folding. It’s also an example of taking the pieces and defining them as modules and then combining them.

origami swanGolden Venture Folding (also called Chinese Paper Folding or 3D Origami) is a type of modular origami. Here, paper is folded into a simple triangular unit. Hundreds of these units are inserted into one another to create elaborate sculptures. The number of units needed depend on the level of complexity and the size of the model. Typically it would take 250 to 500 units to make a swan or a pineapple. [Photo: traditional swan by L Surber].


This swan was a gift  from my friend Aviva. With deep devotion she cared for her mother in her home with the aid of a Philippine lady. I visited the family many times and this swan was bestowed on me with great warmth.  Aviva remarked  I was the only visitor to receive such a gift. A painting of mine is in the background. Perhaps Aviva’s aide appreciated the fact that I kept returning to the local department store, the Mashbir for fliers. This store will replaced by a government building, The fliers needed to be identical so that the folds could be executed in the most aesthetic way.

So much patience in necessary for the above work, perfect to pass the tedious hours of a bedside vigil. The exercised below are meant to get you from Point A to Point B. The structure is 2, 30 second strengthened intervals followed by a rest.

Chest Bicep Ab HIIT Workout

Bust out this classic upper body chest, bicep and ab HIIT workout. Its simple yet highly effective to strengthen and tighten up your already awesome body.

Muscle Groups: Chest, Back, Biceps, Abs, Cardiovascular system

Exercise Time: 14 minutes

Equipment:  Dumbbells

Exercises: In Out Push Ups, Bicep Curls, High Knees, Plank Tucks, Knee to Elbow PlanksBicycle Crunches, Jump Rope

Instructions: The exercise chart is read from left to right and then top to bottom. Each circuit contains 3 exercise intervals. Complete each exercise interval for 30 seconds 3 times before moving on to the next circuit. The circuits are labeled accordingly.



½ cup millet
½ cup raisins
Pinch sea salt
1 ¼ cups Apple juice
Brown rice syrup
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 Tsp. Agar flakes
2 Tsp. kuzu


Bring apple juice to a boil. Add millet and pinch of salt and lower
flame. Cook for 20 min.. Spoon mixture into a baking mould.

Make the topping by bringing 2 cups apple juice, lemon juice and
raisins to a boil with 2 tsp. agar agar and a pinch of salt. Simmer
until agar dissolves. Add rice syrup to taste.

Dissolve kuzu in a little apple juice and add to apple juice and agar
mixture. Stir well for a few more minutes. Pour mixture over the
millet base. Allow to cool and refrigerate until set. Sprinkle with ground almonds before serving.



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