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Travel bloggers’ conference this week in Jerusalem
TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange), the largest conference and networking event for travel bloggers and online travel journalists, will this week assemble in Jerusalem for their first International Conference March 20-22, 2017, at the ICC Jerusalem International Convention Center.
The conference, which will bring together around 400 travel bloggers, writers, and industry professionals from around the world, is being held in partnership with the Jerusalem Conventions and Visitors Bureau (JCVB) under the direction of the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA).
der vo hert – fargest, der vos zet – gedenkt, der vos tut – farshteyt
the saying actually means
He that listens – forgets, he that sees – remembers, he that does – understands
You can know an area only by walking it. Do the Walking Tour of Nachlaot: Distance: almost 2 Km
Time: 1¼-1½ hours-
Stopping to photograph will extend this tour, especially if you like to speak with passersby.
Difficulty: This is very easy walking on roads and alleys, and is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. In fact, you will probably meet a lot of strollers on this walk!
Parking. There is a parking lot in the Clal Building on Kiah St (which means “All Ysrael Chaverim”) and also a parking lot opposite this on Kiah St.
Starting point: Start the walk at the junction of Agrippas St and King George, between the pizza store and falafel bar. The walk ends at the light rail station for Mahane Yehuda.
Walk along Agrippas St, which is here a vehicle-free pedestrian walkway, and opposite the traffic circle turn right and enter Harav Haim Elboher Alley via the archway. Very soon you come to the sixth neighborhood built outside the Old City, Even Yisrael, constructed in the late 1870’s. Many of the houses here have a dilapidated look, as they have not undergone the renovations that typify much of Nachlaot. Nevertheless, few people know about this quarter and the square is a pleasant oasis of quiet just a short distance from bustling King George Street. Interesting photos with descriptions of some of the original inhabitants of Even Yisrael found on the right hand side of the tiled circle are worth viewing.
The grass courtyard. Standing in the far end is a building with a low blue door. This was the first Sephardic Orphanage founded in 1908.
Exit the square by the alley on the far left (but not the exit to Jaffa St). Turn right onto Mashiya Baruchof St by the orphanage and peep down the first road on your left. The first door on the left is the non-used entrance to the synagogue Achdut Yisrael (the current entrance is round the back), which is the synagogue of former Lechi fighters of the underground movement. It is the only synagogue I know of that includes pictures of weapons as part of the interior decoration. It is not open during the week but is popular on Shabbat. Retrace your steps back along Mashiya Boruchof St and continue towards Agrippas St, passing by a row of restaurants.
Cross over the road and turn into Mishkanot St under the brick arch. (If there is a lot of traffic, it is safer to continue along Agrippas St and to use the pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Agripas St and Ki’ach St and then to turn back to Mishkanot St).
On your right as you walk along Mishkanot St are the outer walls of houses of the Mishkenot Yisrael Quarter (Dwelling Places of Israel). This housing estate was erected in the 1870’s to 1880’s. You can peep into the courtyard of Mishkenot Yisrael from Berab Street, which is the first turning on your right.
Continue along Mishkanot St and take the second turning on your right from Agripas St onto Rabbi Arye Street. At the end of this block you will come to the very modest home of Rabbi Aryeh Levin (1885-1969).
Continue on Rabbi Arye St. past Shomron St. and you will see that you are walking past the outer walls of a second neighborhood, Mazkeret Moshe. Continue past the second-hand clothes store and turn right on Shirizli St.
You are now in the courtyard of the Mazkeret Moshe Quarter, founded in 1882 by the Sir Moses Montefiore Testimonial Fund. The gallery, kindergarten and community center are later additions to the neighborhood and from an architectural perspective fit in rather poorly. Continue to the end of Shirizli St. and turn left onto Hakarmel St.
Almost immediately you will see an archway and alley on your right that leads to Agrippas St. Turn down this alley and above the archway facing Agrippas St. you will see a memorial testimonial to Sir Moses Montefiore. Then turn back onto Hakarmel St.
Continue on Hakarmel St. and pass the colorful face of the Hesed Verachamim Synagogue. This is fairly recent and shows the symbols of the 12 tribes, the lamp, the Torah, and words of the poem “A woman of valor who can find.” Continue past Mazqeret Moshe St. and head towards the courtyard of the third neighborhood, the Ohel Moshe Quarter. This was the Sephardi equivalent of the Ashkenazi Mazkeret Moshe Quarter. On the outer walls of the houses are photos and descriptions of families who who lived here. They are fascinating to read for a perspective on the people who lived here. At the edge of the courtyard, you can turn right onto Hahermon St. to look at another plaque to Sr Moses Montefiore on top of the archway facing Agrippas St.
Now proceed in the other direction along Hahermon St., past the Beit Avraham and Ohel Sarah synagogues on your right and a serene garden on your left, and walk over the covered cisterns. There are more photos on the walls of the buildings, including one of the family of Yitzhak Navon who was President of the State of Israel from 1978 to 1983. He was a Sephardi who was born in this quarter, the fifth president of Israel, and the first president to be born in this country. Prior presidents were born in Russia.
At the end of Haherman St. turn left, and then first right onto Ohel Moshe St. One intersection before the end of the street, turn left onto Hagilboa St. and pass the Great Synagogue Ohel Moshe founded by Sir Moses Montefiore.
Turn right on Mazqeret Mosheh St. and continue until the end of the road. In front of you is the Batei Broide Quarter which was established in 1903 for the poor. You might want to peep into the courtyard. The charter drawn up by Rabbi Brodie who spearheaded this project stipulated that the houses be used only by Torah scholars from the Perushim (anti-Hasidic) community.
Now turn right on Hatavor St. At the end of Hatavor St, turn left onto Ezra Refael St. At the end of this street turn right onto Rama St., and then first left onto Shilo St.
Turn into the first street on your right, which is Beer Sheva St. You are now in the beautiful Nahalat Zion Quarter. Immediately on the left is the famous Adas Synagogue of Aleppo. Walk through this beautiful neighborhood with its shrubs, trees and flowers in its central courtyard and surrounding houses.
Continue to the very end of Beer Sheba St. and and follow the alley which curves to the right. Turn right opposite the Keter Torah Synagogue onto Givon St (which is not marked), and walk up the series of steps.
Take the third street on the left – Ovadia Someach St. Look particularly for #11 in this very quaint street which is the Beit Yitzchak Synagogue. This is a Kurdish synagogue that was founded in 1894. If it is open for prayer services, it is worth taking a look inside. Otherwise look through the windows. Continue straight ahead to Agrippas St and turn right.
The famous Mahane Yehuda market (“the shuk”) is soon in front of you on the other side of the road. Cross Agrippas St. at the crossing just before Ezra Rafael St. After crossing this road, take the first left to a section of the covered market. You will pass a number of popular and reasonably priced restaurants. The Mahane Market synagogue is on the right just past the restaurants. This must be the only market in the world with a synagogue! The times of prayer are noted outside.
At the end of the street turn right and then turn left onto Etz Khayim St., the main thoroughfare of the covered part of the market. Yeshivah Etz Khayim began in 1908.
Just before the end of this street, turn left into an alley between two vegetable/fruit stalls. You are now in the Georgian Market, so-called because the stalls are owned by people formerly from Georgia. There is a WC here. Follow the alley to the left and then take the first right and you will be on Machane Yehuda St. and the uncovered part of the market. Turn right and you will soon reach Jaffa St. The light rail stop for Mahane Yehuda is closeby on your left.
More about walking tours; http://inandaroundjerusalem.com/
Now is a good time to start depleting your beans before Passover:
Persian New Year Noodle soup https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/4988-persian-new-year-noodle-soup?action=click&module=Collection+Page+Recipe+Card®ion=Recipes+for+Nowruz%2C+the+Persian+New+Year&pgType=collection&rank=21 by Joan Nathan
FOR THE SOUP:
¼cup dried chickpeas
¼cup dried navy beans
¼cup dried red kidney beans
14cups cold water
3large onions, peeled and thinly sliced
5cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
3tablespoons vegetable oil
½teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2cups beef broth/vegetable broth
½cup coarsely chopped chives or scallions
½cup chopped fresh dill
1cup coarsely chopped parsley
6cups fresh spinach, washed and chopped, or 3 cups frozen spinach, chopped
1fresh beet, peeled and diced in 1/2-inch pieces
½pound Persian noodles, available in Middle Eastern specialty food stores, or linguine, broken in half
2tablespoons wine vinegar or to taste
FOR THE GARNISH:
1onion, peeled and thinly sliced
6cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
2tablespoons vegetable oil
½cup fresh mint, chopped
Soak chickpeas, navy beans and kidney beans in 2 cups of water for 2 hours. Drain.
In a large pot, brown the onions and garlic in the oil over medium heat. Add the salt, pepper, and turmeric, and saute for 1 minute more. Add the soaked beans and saute for 3 minutes, coating the beans with the oil and spices. Add the remaining 12 cups of water, and bring to a boil, skimming off the foam as it forms. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
Add lentils and beef broth, and simmer 50 minutes more.
Add chopped chives or scallions, dill, parsley, spinach and the beet. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour, or until beans are tender. Correct seasonings, and add more water if soup is too thick.
Add noodles, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in the vinegar, and mix well.
To prepare the mint garnish, brown the onions and the garlic in the oil in a small skillet. Remove from heat; add turmeric, salt and mint, and mix well.
Ladle soup into the bowls, and top with the mint garnish.
Lunch, snacks, water. Bring your favorite salad or sandwich and more.
Tissues are often helpful when traveling around Israel for bathrooms that might not have. Good walking shoes.
Tour is geared for adults including seniors or teens ages 12 and up.
Notes: departure and arrival times are approximate and depend upon several factors including holiday traffic; itinerary, guide and speakers subject to adjustment without prior notice; your reservation is a firm commitment and cannot be cancelled within 48 hours of departure; security will be provided.
Chag Chanukah Sameach!
Ufaratzta: Exploring & Celebrating the Kedusha of Eretz Israel
Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Can Really Taste Great!
The version above was my first at scratch attempt at Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake. I eliminated the cream toping.
I used tapioka flour, rice flour and potato starch to make the cake, but there are so many flours and starches you can use. It’s okay if you use white or whole wheat flour or other gluten flour. If you’re a celiac or follow a gluten free diet and you prefer to use other flours, you should consult beflow A guide to gluten free flours to know what flours you can use instead. If you use other flours and the batter is too thick, add more liquid and if it’s too liquid, add more flour.
The first was the case with the [ackage mix that I bought.
If you can’t find the chocolate hearts, don’t worry, there are so many things you can use instead, like chocolate chips, candy, fruit, chocolate syrup, nuts, seeds, or your favorite foods.
Many people avoid extra virgin olive oil to make sweet recipes because it has an intense flavor, but I love it, although there are many oils you can use. Avoid refined oils please, they’re so unhealthy.
I’ve been using carob powder combined with cocoa powder and it tastes so good and is also healthier, but I prefer cocoa powder, I LOVE its flavor, although carob powder is a great choice and is caffeine-free.
To replace the eggs you can use mashed bananas as I did or applesauce, chia or flax seeds, pumpkin puree, tofu or any other egg replacer.
This vegan gluten free chocolate cake is great for birthdays or any special occasion, although it’s so delicious you don’t need any reason to make it.
Author: Simple Vegan Blog
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
1 cup rice flour (140 g) or
1 cup tapioka flour-which I used
½ cup one kind of potato stach (100 g)
½ cup another kind of potato starch (110 g)
½ cup carob or unsweetened cocoa powder (50 g)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup orange juice (250 ml)
½ cup extra virgin olive oil (125 ml)
¼ cup agave syrup (85 g)
dried or frozen blueberries
½ cup coconut sugar (70 g)
Vegan whipped cream omitted
Chocolate hearts omitted
Preheat the oven at 180 ºC or 355 ºF. Grease the sides of a cake pan with oil. Place a sheet of parchment paper on the bottom of the cake pan (I use a cake pan with removable bottom, but it’s not necessary).
Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl (teff flour, rice flour, potato starch, carob powder, baking soda and baking powder). Mix well.
Place the rest of the ingredients in a blender (bananas, orange juice, oil, agave syrup and coconut sugar). Blend until smooth.
Combine the dry and wet ingredients and pour the mixture into the cake pan.
Bake for 25 or 30 minutes. Let cool the cake before un molding.
Frost the cake with the whipped cream and decorate with the chocolate hearts.
GLUTEN FREE FLOURS AND HOW TO USE THEM I hate to break it to you: Gluten free flours aren’t like gluten.
Now that we have that out of the way, here’s why they aren’t like gluten:
When using gluten free flours, you have to use at least two different flours. When you used to cook with gluten, you could just dump in some of your whole wheat flour and call it good. Gluten free flours are a bit more temperamental. They don’t do well by themselves. I usually use about 1 cup of starch for every two cups of rice flour, but this depends upon the recipe.
Besides using a few different flours, you’re going to have to use some sort of “gum” or gum substitute to hold everything together. I usually use either xanthan gum or guar gum. The proportions vary, but I tend to use about 1 teaspoon for every 2 cups of flour.or an egg substitute. I used flax meal and the result was satisfactory.
Below is a chart on gluten-free flours and their consistencies. These certainly aren’t all of the flours out there, but they are the ones I use most often.
Rice flour is the flour I use most in gluten free baking. Rice flour can sometimes have a rather gritty taste, however, so it has to be mixed with starches. I generally use brown rice flour but if you insist on white rice flour I’m not complaining. Brands we use are: Lundberg, Bob’s Red Mill.
Can usually be exchanged with sorghum flour and oat flour.
I do not use this flour very often, yet it can sometimes substitute for rice flour if I don’t have any at the time. You can also use it in corn breads.
Can be exchanged with any of the ‘gritty’ flours.
This is not really flour. I use it for corn breads and for the surface pans sometimes (Cornmeal on the surface of the pan will cook into the dough and give it a nice crunchy crust). Gluten-Free cornmeal can usually be found at the local grocery store; just be sure to check the label.
Cannot be exchanged.
Oat flour is one of my favorite flours. It has a nice consistency and makes very good baked goods. I have lately been using oat flour quite a lot because it seems to work better than most other gluten-free flours. Since gf oat flour is expensive, I grind oats in a coffee grinder instead. If you use that method, don’t use the oat flour in cakes or other delicate baked goods.Finely ground oat flour works really well, so if you can get your hands on some of that for a reasonable price, do so.
Some celiacs are sensitive to oats, so this might not be the best flour for you. You can replace rice flour for oat flour in pretty much every one of my recipes though.
Can be exchanged with millet flour, rice flour, or sorghum flour.
I don’t use this flour very often because of its coloring, yet it has a good taste and could replace rice flour. Again, be careful about the gluten, and be sure to thoroughly check the label.
Cannot be exchanged
I use cornstarch the most of all the starches, simply because it can be found easily at the local grocery store. Be sure to check the label for gluten-free. Though commonly used as a thickener, cornstarch is a surprisingly good gluten-free flour. It has a nice, fluffy consistency. You do have to use rice flour or some other gritty flour with the cornstarch in order to balance it. Used alone, the results are usually dry and tough and flavorless with an unpleasant mouth feel.
starchy and fluffy.
Can be exchanged with tapioca or potato starch in gluten-free baking unless stated otherwise in the recipe, but it cannot be replaced in sauces and in some pies. Tapioca and potato starch will form gummy lumps, whereas cornstarch will only thicken a sauce.
Potato starch can create a rather gummy consistency if it is used alone in a recipe. However, mixed with rice flour or some grainy flour it adds pleasant fluff. Note: Do not confuse potato starch with potato flour. They are very different things, believe me. I never use potato flour because it tastes bad and doesn’t work very well.
Starchy, (difficult to distinguish between cornstarch and tapioca.)
Can be exchanged with cornstarch or tapioca starch except in sauces and sometimes pies.
Tapioca starch is commonly used with potato starch in my recipes. It, like cornstarch and potato starch, can’t be used alone in a recipe—it needs rice flour, oat flour, or another gritty flour to balance it out.
Can be exchanged with potato starch or cornstarch except in sauces and sometimes pies.
Sorghum has a good flavor, and can replace several of the other gritty flours. It tastes good in breads. I wouldn’t use it alone with nothing but starches though. Probably a combo of sorghum with rice, oat, or millet flour.
Can be replaced with rice flour, oat flour, or millet flour.
Has good flavor, and a consistency rather like corn flour. It could replace several of the other gritty flours, especially if you want to produce a more “whole grain” flavor in the baked good.
Can be replaced with sorghum flour, corn flour, or rice flour.
Teff flour should only be used in small quantity because of its color and the fact that too much of it just plain tastes bad. It has a nice taste when used in moderation and gives a multigrain flavor to most breads.
This flour can be replaced by rice flour. When replaced, rise and consistency of the baked good will not be changed. The taste and color, however, will be slightly changed, though not usually in a bad way.
Almond flour/Almond Meal
To avoid confusion right off, the difference between almond meal and almond flour is that in almond flour, the almonds are ground without the skin, whereas almond meal is ground with the skin. This small difference doesn’t seem to affect the baked goods though.This flour is still in the testing stage for me. It’s used a lot in paleo baked goods, and I’ve used it by itself before. The results are always a little gritty and sometimes a bit too moist (to the point of being heavy and gummy), since almond flour contains a lot of moisture. I have used it in cakes in small quantity with rice flour and starch with good results.
Gritty but adds moisture to baked goods.
Can’t be exchanged.
Obviously, they don’t contain that “stretchy” quality that gluten can produce in your dough. The most noticeable difference between gf flours and gluten can be seen in bread dough. If you try to make bread the gluten way, you’re going to fail and cry and probably need counseling before you can be happy again
GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI CAKE OR CUPCAKES-Have not tried this one yet!
This is a great way to use up all those overgrown garden zucchinis. Who knew that mashed up green vegetables could taste so good?
CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI CAKE/PUMPKIN
Time: 30 minutes active, 45 minutes cooking.
Cream Together- I will be doubling the quantities
and weighed out as well the zucchini and pumpkin
1 stick (½ cup) butter, soft but still cold or 1/4 cup commercial soy milk + l/4 cup olive oil
1 2/3 white granulated sugar or less by 1/3 = 5/3X1/3=5/9 : 5/3=15/9-5/9 = 10/9 = 11/9 cup sugar or slightly more that 1 cup sugar
Add and beat well:
2 large eggs or 1 egg and 1/2 cup of flax meal
Add and beat in:
3/4 cup rice flour
1/4 cup almond flour/ walnut flour
½ cup cornstarch (check label for gluten-free)
1 cup pureed fresh zucchini (I use our electric mixer)
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (try dutch cocoa for extra-dark chocolate yumminess!)
¾ teaspoon xanthan gum-omitted
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
Beat until well-blended and smooth. You can use a greased 8×8” square baking pan, a 9” round one, or a 12 cupcake pan with waxed paper cupcake holders. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes.
Makes 1 cake or 12 cupcakes. I doubled he recipe and make 12 – 75 gram cupcakes with an additional 1/8 cup of vegetables mixed in. Also added blueberries and chocolate bits. Since I double the recipe, my cupcakes are larger and made 14.
I want to make a batch of pumpkin and another of zucchini, I prepared 4 cups of the dry ingredients.
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Observant Jews are scrupulous about carrying out the mitzvot. Many of the laws relate to living in the “Land”. Looking over my shoulder, the theme of this blog post appears to be our connection to the laws, including but not limited to place and food.
The second group are seen on products often imported to Israel. I have a photo of the group on my phone. When I come across an unfamiliar hechshir I look it up on my flicker account.
I appreciate Rabbi Rasskamm of Denver Colorado for his list of All food items – for people who still cook.
He arranged the foods in a convenient order.
Aside from family and friends and of-course all the infinite number of distractions of NYC, I miss the many Korean fruit stalls in Flushing with the five varieties of cabbage.
Last time that I visited Silver Spring Maryland, the Chinese tofu and pasta, had reliable Hechshirim on the packaging, so I guess, now 4 years later the trend has taken off with more variety available. That being the case in any community with Orthodox Jews and Orientals will have lots of choices.
We are a nation governed by laws. Hebron is our place, the greatest symbol of that relationship to law was established by our father Abraham’s purchase of plain and the cave and the burial of Sarah, Abraham and Jacob there (Gen.23 and elsewhere). Needless to say Jewish presence in Hebron, no matter how small, has been a thorn in the side of the Arabs.
By Arlene Kushner
I’m talking about steam-coming-out-of-my-ears outrage.
The subject is the allegedly ancient Arab village of Susiya. The issue is Israel’s rights as a sovereign state operating under rules of law.
The background, briefly:
In the Hebron Hills of Judea there are the remains of an ancient Jewish city known as Susiya, which flourished in the Talmudic era. It is estimated that about 3,000 people – all Jews, observing a religious life – lived there at its height. Archeological remains, including a synagogue, that have been excavated can be visited today.
Credit: Susiya Tourist Center
Still retained within the synagogue is an ancient mosaic floor:
Not far from this archeological site, there is a modern Jewish town of Susiya.
But within the area of the archeological remains there is also an Arab squatters’ village. It consists today of some 60+ constructions of concrete, tin and canvas. They call this village Susiya as well. And those squatting on the land claim that their village has been there for a very long time.
The facts tell a very different story:
There is no evidence of an old Arab village there. Aerial photos indicate that with the exception of four building constructed in the 90s, there was nothing on the site until after 2000. In fact, when the surveys conducted by the British mandatory powers in 1945 – which mention all of the villages in the area – are examined, no mention of a village named Susiya is found.
The site had been used seasonally by Bedouin shepherds, who found shelter in the caves in the region. But in 1986, 277 dunams (about 68 acres) of land in the area, including this location, were declared to be an archeological site, at which time the caves were no longer available to the Bedouin.
Most of the buildings went up between 2011 and 2013 in defiance of a court order forbidding the building.
Now here it gets really interesting:
When the population registry of the Civil Administration was examined, it was found that most of the people claiming to live in Susiya had homes in the nearby town of Yatta (which is in Area A under PA jurisdiction).
How about that! They move between their real homes in Yatta and the hovels in Susiya as it serves their political purpose – they come out when an entourage of left wing activists or a cadre of journalists (also most likely left wing) is due to visit. When I was there, on a Regavim tour, the place was empty.
What we are in fact seeing here is a land grab by the Palestinian ArabNawajah family of Yatta, which has built illegally and in blatant violation of Israeli court orders.
Two facts must be emphasized. One is that this matter has been thoroughly adjudicated. That is, the courts – with due process and over a period of time – fully and fairly considered the issues. The courts determined that the claims of the squatters were without basis, that they had been operating in contempt of court, and that the buildings that had been erected must be demolished. This was not a determination arrived at lightly: the buildings had to come down.
And then, even though these were squatters without legal rights to the land, an offer was made to them regarding an allocation of land, in area C beyond the archeological site, near Yatta, to which they might move. But they refused and applied for legalization of their current site – which was rejected by the Court. Aside from everything else, a village was not about to be legalized in a designated archeological area, which requires protection.
Further details can be seen here: http://regavim.org/susiya_facts/After multiple delays, the time now draws near for the demolition of many of the structures in illegal Arab Susiya. It was last month that the Court ruled on this yet again.
But nothing is ever simple here in Israel, where the Western world seems to think it has a right to a say about everything we do. This is the outrage: that others think they can tell a sovereign state that operates according to the rule of law what to do. The interference is breathtakingly offensive. We are forced to wonder if they would imagine interfering in the internal affairs of any other state in this fashion.
The eminent demolition of buildings in Arab Susiya has become a cause célèbre in left wing circles. “Susiya 4ever!” they say, as if this is some noble cause.
Even a Senator – Dianne Feinstein – imagined she had a right to say something about what Israel was doing. And several NGOs have been involved.
Rabbis for Human Rights: were they to recommend that the demolition be shelved, the Court would likely accept this – there would be no reason not to.Word is that Lieberman will tell the Court we must go ahead.
With all of the hullabaloo, the worst that has happened in recent days is that the State Department has weighed in. On July 16th, State Department spokesman John Kirby let it be known that the US was “closely following developments.”
We need them to monitor what we are doing? There is a warning implicit in this.
At a press briefing he said (emphasis added):
“We strongly urge the Israeli authorities to refrain from carrying out any demolitions in the village. Demolition of this Palestinian village or of parts of it, and evictions of Palestinians from their homes, would be harmful and provocative…”
Elsewhere it has been reported that the US is putting great pressure on Israel with regard to this matter, and has indicated that if the demolition proceeds “the US response would be extremely severe.”
I hope and trust that steam is now coming out of your ears as well.
It is imperative that the Israeli government stand strong in the face of this. Otherwise our legal system is degraded and our state is demeaned. If the US finds it can push us around here, what comes next?<>And so I ask each of you to voice support to our leaders.
Long emails are counter-productive. Our leaders and their aides are extremely busy. They do not need lectures or history lessons or legal instruction. They don’t need to see your credentials or learn of your experiences. When they see this it is a turn-off and they probably don’t even read the message through. What counts here is that they see a large number of brief supportive messages. A maximum of four sentences.
Tell them that you are furious about the pressure being applied by the US government with regard to the demolition of illegal buildings in Arab Susiya. Tell them you are with them. Urge them to stand strong no matter what.
The most important person to reach is Defense Minister Lieberman. The way to do this is via his aide, who will carry your message, here:firstname.lastname@example.org (underscore between ozer and sar) In the subject line: “A message for Minister Lieberman” or something similar. If you just write to him, it would be great.
But then, if you wish, write as well to Prime Minister Netanyahu, delivering the same message. Use all of these addresses, which are all to the prime minister’s office:
If you want to send email messages, it should be done today.
VEGAN BROCCOLI BURGERS
Author: Lindsay Rey
Recipe type: sandwich
1½ cups cooked/steamed broccoli (thoroughly drained and lightly packed into measuring cup)
1 cup walnuts
1 cup cooked brown rice
¼ cup vital wheat gluten
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
1 tablespoon soy sauce
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Salt to taste
2-3 tablespoons water (only if needed)
2-4 tablespoons oil of your choice (for pan-frying patties)
Steam/cook broccoli (fresh or frozen) in a saucepan on medium heat until broccoli is fork-tender.
In a blender of food processor, pulse walnut pieces until they resemble a course meal, but have not yet become walnut butter. Place walnut pieces in a large mixing bowl.
In a blender or food processor, pulse cooked/drained broccoli until it is crumbled into very tiny pieces, but not yet a puree.
Please broccoli and remaining ingredients in mixing bowl with walnuts and rice. If your mixture seems dry and crumbly, go ahead and add a tablespoon of water. This stuff can turn into soggy goop pretty quickly, so you’ll want to be very careful to add only a scant tablespoon og water at a time to your burger mixture.
Stir burger mix well, then shape into 4 equal burgers.
Pour a tablespoon or 2 of oil (just enough to coat the pan) in a skillet and place on medium to medium-high heat.
Gently pan-fry your burgers, allowing a few minutes for cooking on each side.
You’ll know they are done when the burger surface has a nice dark brown crispness.
Serve burgers warm on vegan buns with veggies and condiments of your choice (I chose a mix of Just Mayo, pickle relish, and ketchup.)
The product list below is extremely lengthy. Orthodox Jewish families, and kosher institutions have migrated to middle America and elsewhere in the world. Kosher processed food has followed them.
I remember the first Kosher Food festival was held in the Javitt’s Center. The number of purveyors required a larger space.
I feel that this list would be helpful for the “wise” consumer. If one lives close to a “Kosher” supermarket, there is a trade-off. One will pay more for equivalent quality items than perhaps is available cheaper for a “Box” store or chain supermarket label or with national brands. Hence this list is for one living or traveling outside of Israel and would like to save money: However, on the other hand, one may choose to pay more to support companies that have their own Hashgagah arrangements. Company’s pay to develop consumer confidence and that cost is inevitably passed on to the consumer.
List with some of my changes and additions from Rabbi Ysrael Rosskamm
Vaad Ha Kashrut, Denver, Colorado follows:
Products not requiring a Kosher Hechshir:
DISPOSABLE UTENSILS & FOOD WRAPS
Aluminum Foil – Does not require certification.
Aluminum Foil Pans – Does not require certification.
Foam Containers & Plates – Does not require certification.
Freezer Paper – Does not require certification.
Paper Plates – Does not require certification.
Parchment Paper – Quilon treated, requires reliable certification; silicon treated, does not require certification.
Plastic Flatware & Plates – Does not require certification.
Plastic Wrap & Bags – Does not require certification.
Waxed Paper – Does not require certification.
Eggbeaters – Require reliable certification.
Eggs, non-processed – does not require certification. They should be checked to ensure that they do not contain blood spots.
Fresh Fish – Whole fish and fish steaks should, preferably, be purchased from a store which has reliable rabbinical supervision. This is because non-kosher stores in America that sell fish commonly use one knife to cut different species, kosher and non-kosher alike. Therefore, residue from the slicing of non-kosher fish may remain on the blade of the knife and, subsequently, be rubbed onto the cutting site of the kosher fish.
However, one may buy whole fish or fish steaks, even if it is gutted, from any store, provided the following conditions are met:
1. One did not actually see the kosher fish soaking amidst non-kosher fish.
2. Some scales are still on the fish.
3. Prior to cooking the fish, one should take a straight edged knife and, using only minimal pressure, scrape off the area where the store knife would have cut. This would wipe off any residue from the blade that cut the non-kosher fish. After this, thoroughly wash the fish.
Gefilte Fish – Requires reliable certification.
Ground Fish – Requires reliable certification.
Imitation Crabmeat – Requires reliable certification.
Lox – Requires reliable certification.
Smoked Fish – Requires reliable certification.
The following is a partial list of kosher and non-kosher species of fish: Note: In order to verify that a fish is kosher, one MUST see that it has removable scales, you can not rely on the fact its name is listed on the kosher list. Kosher Fish
Whiting Non Kosher Fish CATFISH
FRUIT: Applies outside of Israel. Any fruit vegetable and grain grown in Israel, dried fresh or canned requires proper Israeli Hechshir. Canned or plastic cups (non aseptic)
Canned fruits not from China and Israel do not require kosher certification if they only contain one or more of the following ingredients: Ascorbic acid, citric acid, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, salt, sugar, water. Note: Other ingredients may require kosher certification.
Applesauce, pure – Without questionable ingredients.
Berries – Raspberries and blackberries are not recommended; other varieties, without questionable ingredients.
Cherries – Pitted or sweet, without questionable ingredients; maraschino cherries, require reliable certification.
Figs – Without questionable ingredients.
Fruit Cocktail – Without questionable ingredients, provided that you remove the cherries.
Guava – Does not require certification.
Mandarin Oranges (not from China) – Without questionable ingredients.
Mango – Does not require certification.
Peaches – Without questionable ingredients.
Pears – Without questionable ingredients.
Pineapples – Without questionable ingredients.
Plums – Without questionable ingredients. Dried Fruit
Dried fruit, except for dried bananas, does not require certification. Freeze-dried, requires reliable certification.
Dried bananas – Require reliable certification.
Dried prunes – Do not require certification.
Fresh Only grown outside of Israel. Methods of checking are the same.
Fresh fruits do not require certification. Again All fresh fruits in Israel require certification. However, some varieties require a thorough inspection prior to cooking and eating to ensure that they are free of insects. All varieties should be inspected to ensure that they do not have a worm hole, which may indicate the presence of a worm inside. A guide for preparing fruits and vegetables is available at http://scrollk.org/PrepFrtVeg.html.
Berries – Blackberries and red raspberries are not recommended, due to infestation, unless they are pureed; blueberries may be used after being soaked in soapy water for a few minutes and rinsed; strawberries may be used after cutting the top off, soak the strawberries in soapy water for 5 minutes and agitate the strawberries in the soapy water before rinsing THOROUGHLY under running water.
Nuts – Oil roasted, require reliable certification; raw and dry roasted do not require certification.
Raisins – Domestic without oil, does not require certification. Frozen
Frozen insect-free varieties, without additives, are acceptable without certification.
HEALTH FOODS-List pertains to outside of Israel-checking methods required in all cases described. In Israel ALL below require Certification. If processed in America certification by a reputable Kashrut Authority required with the exception of Agar Agar and others on the list.
I’ve only seen Agar Agar with a circke K symbol on it in Israel.
Every form of loose health food item grown in Israel must have certification in Israel. Don’t be confused as the list is for American consumers.
There’s a thread running thru this post. Passover is the holiday of Tshuvah and beginning with Rosh Chodesh Nissan we see events in the Jerusalem area related to living “Green”, exercise, and volunteering. We are fortunate no not need to ask others to help prepare a festive holiday.
Ruppin Bridge at Herzl Blvd, Jerusalem, 91033, Israel
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My building’s roof is a place where I reflect on the special privilege it is to live in Jerusalem. When I want to exercise I use one of several weighted ropes. Not on the roof, across the street on a wooden area outside Ha Ma”Alot restaurant or on a cushiony surface in Gan Ha Atzmaot.
I have been using jump ropes over several years, starting with the one lb. and increasing now to five lbs. It is my belief that exercise is the key to permanent weight maintenance for women as they age.
Would my readers be interested in joining me in a class in rope jumping in the park?I would supply the ropes starting with the lightest. My proceeds would be going to tzaduka.
Jumping rope is a traditional exercise that provides a total body strength and conditioning workout. With the ability to burn up to 1,000 calories per hour, you can use the jump rope to improve strength, agility, coordination or endurance.
A common question about the effectiveness of jumping rope, however, is the selection of the jump rope and choosing between a weighted jump rope or a speed rope.
A weighted jump rope and speed rope both provide the same basic benefits, which include improved coordination, agility, footwork, quickness and endurance. Using a speed rope, however, focuses on speed and quickness and is better for developing coordination and conditioning by increasing the speed of the rope. Weighted jump ropes, on the other hand, burn a significant amount of calories and can be effective for increasing strength and promoting weight loss.
Beginners should start with a basic lightweight speed rope before progressing to a weighted jump rope, according to Ross Enamait, professional fitness trainer. The durable plastic jump rope allows you to perform basic jump rope exercises and workouts to develop speed, agility and endurance. Also, the speed ropes are better at developing overall fitness and conditioning to complement a wide range of workout and training programs.
A speed rope is ideal for beginners but can be used by elite athletes to develop footwork, coordination and conditioning. For example, boxers use a speed rope during their general strength and conditioning workouts. After learning the basic techniques for using the speed rope, you can progress to advanced exercises such as double unders. Double unders are a jump rope pattern that includes making two revolutions with the rope for every one jump and requires a significant amount of speed, coordination and endurance.
Use a weighted jump rope if your fitness goals revolve around strength or weight loss. The heavy ropes require upper body strength to continue spinning the rope for repeated jumps. You can choose from 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 lb. weights to match your individual fitness and strength levels. Use the weighted jump rope to complement your normal strength training workouts.
Ruppin Bridge at Herzl Blvd, Jerusalem, 91033, Israel
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‘JEWISH PEACE CORPS’ VOLUNTEERS TO DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES
Jewish Agency Sending ‘Jewish Peace Corps’ Volunteers to Distressed Communities.
1,000 Young People to Serve Communities in South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia, Mexico, Peru, and Israel
The Jewish Agency for Israel has started recruiting young people from Israel and around the world to volunteer in distressed communities in Africa, South America, and Israel, as part of the organization’s Project TEN program.
A launch event was hosted by Israeli Consul General in New York Ido Aharoni and was attended by dozens of Jewish community leaders, diplomats, philanthropists, Jewish Agency representatives, and former participants in the program.
In recent weeks, hundreds of students at top American universities have participated in on-campus information sessions hosted by Project TEN in order to familiarize them with volunteer opportunities at the three international centers currently operating in Winneba, Ghana; Gondar, Ethiopia; and Oaxaca, Mexico.
The volunteers may also choose to serve at the two Israeli centers in the southern city of Arad and Kibbutz Harduf in northern Israel, where they will run programs to empower Bedouin youth, new immigrants, at-risk teens, and individuals with special needs.
Project TEN was created by The Jewish Agency three years ago and offers young people from Israel and around the world the opportunity to live together in distressed communities and realize the Jewish values of tzedakah (social justice) and tikkun olam (repairing the world) by helping empower local residents.
Each participant receives a tailor-made volunteer program of several weeks or months in length, depending on their availability and preferences. Together, participants volunteer in educational, agricultural, and health-related initiatives, working together with local organizations and Jewish groups active in the area.
The ultimate goal is to develop local residents’ leadership skills and empower them to create models for sustainable development well after the volunteers return to their home countries.
The volunteers themselves return to their communities with a greater drive to engage in local activism and become involved in Jewish life.
In Ghana, Project TEN volunteers serve in the fishing town of Winneba, where they work with local residents and the fishermen’s children.
They run an educational center in which local children receive enrichment classes in a range of subjects and a mobile computer lab that provides digital knowledge to students whose prior exposure to computers was limited to sketches of keyboards on paper.
The volunteers also work in the fishing village of Akosua, which maintains some of the world’s most ancient fishing practices, teaching local children in a coconut hut.
In Mexico, volunteers serve in Oaxaca, where a series of natural disasters have prompted the creation of a Project TEN center to help local residents improve their preparedness and raise their standard of living.
The center is run in partnership with the Mexican Jewish organization CADENA, which specializes in serving communities struck by national disasters.
The volunteers work in dozens of far-flung, isolated communities spread across the vast, mountainous region.
Project TEN Director Yarden Zornberg notes that two additional volunteer centers are set to open in the coming year.
One will be hosted by the Jewish community of Durban, South Africa, where volunteers will work with local tribespeople, and the other will be located in Cusco, Peru, offering backpackers the opportunity to combine their treks with volunteerism.
According to Zornberg, more than one thousand volunteers are expected to serve in all seven Project TEN centers, engaging in activism over extended periods and realizing core Jewish values in the process.
Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky said: “Through Project TEN, The Jewish Agency is creating a real opportunity for young Jewish people who want to be part of something bigger than themselves – to better their world through common work with young people like themselves from Israel and around the world. In so doing, Project TEN connects these young people’s vision of a better future with their Jewish roots. Making this wonderful initiative happen is yet another way for us to concretize Jewish and Zionist values.”
The cost for the three-month Project TEN program outside of Israel, including volunteer, social, and learning activities; transportation between the center and your volunteer placement; trips and excursions; Internet connection; and subsidized food and lodging, is around $12 per day, or $1080 for the entire three-month period (Summer programs cost $1000 for a two-month track).
The cost for the five-month Project TEN program at its Israeli centers, including volunteer, social, and learning activities; transportation between the center and your volunteer placement; trips and excursions; Internet connection; and subsidized food and lodging, is $1,300 for the entire five-month period with a full Masa scholarship OR $1,500 for the entire five-month period with a partial or no Masa scholarship (scroll down to learn if you are eligible for a Masa scholarship).
The cost for shorter tracks in all Project TEN centers cost $24 per day per participante (in additional to group charges). These tracks are unique, and are open to special groups. Please contact> email@example.com for more details.
The cost does not include your airfare to the target country, health insurance, visa fees, or vaccination. Registration payment of $100 is required. The balance will be paid in two equal payments.
The UJA Federation of New York and Project TEN have established a Pay it Forward Fund that will provide some assistance to those volunteers who find it hard to pay for all of their expenses.
Each and every candidate will be required to participate in his or her own costs to some extent, and the scholarships will fund only up to 50% of the entire costs.
The UJA New York | TEN fund is based on a “pay it forward” model in which recipients are asked to sign an honor code, pledging to return the full amount within 2-3 years. This arrangement will not be legally binding, but will be actively encouraged, and will help other participants, in turn, to volunteer where they are needed.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Each application will be reviewed by a committee, and the applicant will receive a reply within two weeks from the receipt of the application.
Volunteering in Arad or Kibbutz Harduf, Israel?
Masa Israel Journey works to make it as easy as possible for young adults to go to Israel. They offer grants and scholarships to help make the experience more affordable. All Masa Israel participants are eligible to apply for universal grants and need-based scholarships towards the cost of your program.The grant/scholarship will be deducted from the total cost of the program. The amount available depends country of origin, age, and the length of your program.
Masa Israel Journey is funded jointly by The Jewish Agency for Israel and by the Government of Israel.
Grilled Salmon Kebabs
Author: Maya Kitchenette
600g salmon filet without skin/tuna
1 cup pineapples – cut into 2 cm chunks
1 green pepper – large cubes
Ingredients For The Marinade
¼ cup soy sauce/ or less
¼ cup honey/orange juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp minced ginger
¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1 fat pinch of mixed herbs
Ingredients For The Dip
½ cup sour cream or mayonnaise (see notes)
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
1 garlic – grated
1 tsp lemon zest
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
salt and black pepper to taste
For The Kebabs
Slice salmon into chunks.
Mix all the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl and whisk together till well incorporated.
Pour ¾ of the marinade over the salmon chunks and marinate for 15 minutes.
Marinate the pineapple and peppers with the remaining marinade for 15 minutes.
Preheat the grill for medium-high heat.
Thread peppers, salmon and pineapple onto skewers.
Brush with oil and grill for 5 minutes on each side.
For The Dip
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and keep it in the fridge till ready to use
Fennel and Kohlrabi Salad
A simple julienned fennel and kohlrabi salad recipe with red onion, parsley, and a lemony dressing.
Author: Brooklyn Supper, (adapted from The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual by Franks Castronovo and Falcinelli)
Recipe type: Salad
Makes: two to four
1 small bulb fennel, well-cleaned and trimmed
1 small, tender kohlrabi, peeled and trimmed
1/2 red onion sliced thin into half-moons
1 cup minced flat leaf parsley
zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of red pepper flakes
Julienne the fennel and kohlrabi. Toss with the red onion and parsley. Combine the olive oil and and lemon juice, drizzle on the dressing, and add a few pinches of salt and tons of pepper. Taste, adjust salt and acid levels. Plate and give each serving a good squeeze of lemon juice, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and garnish with parsley and fennel leaves.
Plant sale in Kiryat Yovel, Meir Grunwald Street. All plants are from a container garden, kale, chard, oregano, mint, sage, thyme, dill and tomato plants. Each container is 2.50 NIS. Pick-up on Sunday or Monday of this week. Please contact Shoshana Dale if you are interested
Fundraising Fashion Show Tuesday April 5th $-6PM Inbal Hotel to benefit Hadassah Department of Neonatology email@example.com
A FASHION SHOW & FANCY TEA 180 sh
To Be Presented By
The TAMAR & NACHAMA CHAPTERS
Tuesday April 5th, 2016 4pm-6pm
At the INBAL Hotel
OSFA Boutique’s fashions
OSFA-meaning “her collection” is a unique boutique on Derech Beit Lechem 53 in Jerusalem. Inspirational and friendly atmosphere, cutting edge Israeli designers synthesized with fabulous European imports and moderate prices.
There will be a raffle with over 20 wonderful prizes
for NIS 20 per ticket.
Price of Fashion Show: NIS 180.00
For reservations please contact:
Phyllis Levinson Pyllis.firstname.lastname@example.org or 02-642-1953
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Rehovot Ambulance Dor-2000: 935-4177 Shlomo Ambulance: (08) 941-8004
Rishon Letzion Shahal: (03) 831-4333 E.R.N. Ambulance: (03) 945-1828
Embassies & Consulates(In Tel Aviv, unless otherwise noted) The Consulate of Armenia, 5 Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem: (02) 581-7162
The Embassy of Argentina, 3 Jabotinsky, Ramat Gan: (03) 575-9173
The Embassy of Australian, 37 Shaul Hamelech, Europe House: (03) 693-5000
The Embassy of Austria, 12 Hahilazon, Ramat Gan: (03) 612-0924
The Embassy of Belarus, 2 Koifman: (03) 510-2236
The Embassy of Belgium, 12 Hahilazon, Ramat Gan: (03) 6138130
The Consulate of Britain, 1 Ben Yehuda: (03) 510-0166
The Embassy of Britain, 192 Hayarkon: (03) 725-1222
The Embassy of Bulgaria, 124 Ibn Gvirol: (03) 524-1751
The Embassy of Cameroon, 10 Koifman: (03) 519-0011
The Embassy of Canada, 3 Nirim Beit Hasapanut: (03) 636-3300
The Embassy of Chile, 7 Havakuk: (03) 602-0130
The Embassy of China, 222 Ben Yehuda: (03) 546-7277
The Embassy of Colombia, 52 Pinkas: (03) 546-1717
The Embassy of the Republic of Congo, 1 Rachel: (03) 524-8306
The Embassy of Costa Rica, 13 Diskin, Jerusalem: (02) 566-6197
The Embassy of Croatia, Canyon Ramat Aviv: (03) 643-8654
The Embassy of Cyprus, 50 Dizengoff: (03) 525-0212
The Embassy of the Czech Republic, 23 Zeitlin: (03) 691-8282
The Embassy of Denmark, 23 Bnei Moshe: (03) 544-2144
The Consulate General of the Dominican Republic, 13 Yona Hanavi: (03) 516-2020
The Embassy of the Dominican Republic, 19 Soutine: (03) 527-7073
The Embassy of Ecuador, Asia House, 4 Weizmann: (03) 695-8764
The Consulate of Ecuador, 12 Harav Friedman: (03) 604-6856
The Embassy of Egypt, 54 Basel: (03) 546-4151
The Embassy of El Salvador, 4 Avigayil, Jerusalem: (02) 672-8411
The Embassy of Ethiopia, 48 Petah Tikva: (03) 639-7831
The Embassy of Finland, 40 Einstein: (03) 744-0303
The Consulate of France, 1 Ben Yehuda: (03) 510-1415
The Embassy of France, 112 Herbert Samuel: (03) 524-5371
The Embassy of Germany, 3 Daniel Frisch: (03) 693-1313
The Embassy of Ghana, 15 Abba Hillel: (03) 752-0834
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The Embassy of Guatemala, Beit Ackerstein, Herzliya Pituah: (09) 956-8707
The Embassy of Hungary, 18 Pinkas: (03) 546-6991
The Consulate General of Iceland, 5 Tuval: (03) 623-5013
The Embassy of India, 4 Kaufman: (03) 510-1431
The Embassy of Ireland, 3 Daniel Frisch: (03) 696-4166
The Embassy of Italy, 25 Hamered: (03) 510-4004
The Embassy of the Ivory Coast, 25 Bezalel, South Africa Building: (03) 612-6677
The Embassy of Japan, Asia House, 4 Weizmann: (03) 695-7292
The Embassy of Jordan, 14 Abba Hillel, Ramat Gan: (03) 751-7722
The Embassy of Kenya, 15 Abba Hillel, Ramat Gan: (03) 575-4633
The Embassy of Korea, 38 Chen: (03) 696-3244
The Embassy of Latvia, 2 Weizman: (03) 03-727-5800
The Embassy of Liberia, 74 Menachem Begin: (03) 561-1068
The Embassy of Lithuania, 8 Shaul Hamelech: (03) 695-8685
The Embassy of Mexico, 25 Hamered: (03) 516-3938
The Embassy of Moldova, 7 Havakuk: (03) 604-0014
The Consulate General of Monaco, 51 Hamelech David: (03) 522-3053
The Embassy of the Netherlands, 14 Abba Hillel, Ramat Gan: (03) 752-3150
The Embassy of Nigeria, 34 Gordon: (03) 522-2144
The Embassy of Norway, 40 Einstein: (03) 744-1490
The Representative of Oman, 79 Yehuda Hamaccabi: (03) 546-7860
The Consulate General of Paraguay, 1/4 Rehov Carmel, Mevasseret Zion: (03) 561-5268
The Embassy of Panamana, 10 Hei Be’lyar: (03) 695-6711
The Consulate of Papua New Guinea, P.O. Box 31081, Jerusalem: (02) 534-1721
The Embassy of Paraguay, 1 Carmel St., Mevasseret Zion: (02) 533-4830
The Embassy of Peru, 60 Medinat Hayelmedim, Herzliya Petuach: (03) 957-8835
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The Embassy of Poland, 16 Soutine Street: (03) 524-0186
The Embassy of Portugal, 3 Daniel Frisch: (03) 695-6373
The Embassy of Romania, 24 Adam Hacohen: (03) 524-2482
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The Embassy of Switzerland, 228 Hayarkon: (03) 546-4455
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Rape Crisis Center Tel: 1202 or Tel Aviv: (03) 517-6176, Jerusalem: (02) 625-5558, Haifa: (04) 853-0533, southern Israel: (07) 633-1977
National Poison Control Center: (04) 852-9205
Child Abuse Hotline: (04) 855-6611
Crisis Counseling Hotline in English: 1-800-654-1111 or (02) 654-1111
Teletmicha Israel Cancer Association hotline for patients and their families: (02) 624-7676
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Bus Schedules: (03) 694-8888
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Tourist Information OfficesAcre: (04) 991-1764
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Foreign Currency Exchange OfficesTel Aviv Area:Change Spot, 140 Dizengoff, Tel Aviv: (03) 524-3393
Quick Change, 22 Ben Yehuda, Tel Aviv: (03) 629-9299
Quick Change Phone-Li, Azrieli Center, Tel Aviv: (03) 609-5020
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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Ben Gurion Airport: (03) 971-1138
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Sabena Belgian World Airlines, 1 Ben Yehuda, Tel Aviv: (03) 511-6610
South African Airways Israel Building, 5 Shalom Aleichem, Tel Aviv: (03) 795-1344
Swissair Swiss Airlines, 1 Ben Yehuda, Tel Aviv: (03) 511-6666
Turkish Airlines, 78 Hayarkon, Tel Aviv: (03) 517-2333
T.W.A. Trans World Airlines Inc., 76 Hayarkon, Tel Aviv: (03) 795-5355
Taxis:Tel Aviv:Hashekem: (03) 527-0404
Kastel: (03) 699-3322
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Car RentalsTel AvivAvis, 113 Hayarkon: (03) 527-1752 Eldan, 20 Hahaskala Boulevard: (03) 565-4545
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read more: http://www.haaretz.com/news/useful-numbers-in-israel-1.63269
Sloopy Soup-use what you have before Purim and Pesach
Why did we call it Sloopy Soup? Well, we can’t quite remember, to tell you the truth! But it’s been hanging around as a favorite in our home for years. Because it turns out different every single time we make it. Every single time! In other words, you’ll never get bored with Sloopy Soup. And If you begin now you can empty out those grains and legumes!
I thought you might enjoy learning how to make it too.
This isn’t an exact recipe, because I don’t use a recipe when I make it. But you’ll get the gist.
The main point of the soup is to stuff it with whole foods. You can use any combination of beans/legumes/lentils, vegetables, and whole grains. These whole foods form the base of the vegan diet and their slow-burning carbs will keep you filled up for hours.
Start with about 2 cups of any combination of uncooked dried beans, lentils, split peas, or other legume. I recommend pre-soaking them in triple the fresh water for at least 8 hours, although 24 hours is best.
You’ll also need about 1 cup of your favorite grain, uncooked. Again, pre-soaking your grain is best.
Next, chop any vegetables you’d like such as broccoli, carrots, celery, cabbage, beets, organic corn, potatoes, etc. You’ll want to end up with about 6 cups’ worth of chopped veggies.
Finally, chop up any dark leafy green such as kale or collards or Swiss chard, etc. When you’re done coarsely chopping them they should measure about 4 cups’ worth of dark greens.
Now, let’s put your soup together.
Boil about 8 cups of water (more or less, depending on how thin/thick you like your soup) in a large pot that has a lid—you can also use unsalted vegetable broth. Add your (drained) pre-soaked beans/legumes, your (drained) pre-soaked grains, and all of the vegetables—don’t forget the greens, even lettuce!
At this point you can also add 1/2 cup nuts (any kind will do) and even 1/2 cup of raisins which add a fun “pop” to a mouthful of soup because they plump up as the soup cooks.
Bring your soup to a boil, then lower the heat to the lowest flame and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours or until the beans/legumes can be smushed between the roof of your mouth and your tongue and the grains are tender.
During the last 10 minutes of cooking, if you used plain water earlier go ahead and add 4 vegetable bouillon cubes now. (We add these last if they’re the salted variety so the salt doesn’t interfere with the cooking of the beans.) At this time you’ll also add any combination of herbs and spices you like such as basil, oregano, marjoram, celery seeds, salt, pepper, red chili pepper flakes, etc.
Turn off the heat and let your soup sit for 10 minutes. Stir. Serve.
This “recipe” serves about 8 but it can be halved if you’d like. Leftovers store beautifully in the fridge and even in a tightly-sealed container in the freezer.
…is a meal everyone in your family will love, especially because you can tailor it to your favorite whole food ingredients. Give it a go. Enjoy!
I love spaghetti squash, and have stuffed it on many occasions to make a wonderful vegetarian entree that presents well and is super tasty. I typically choose smaller squashes because I like to serve a half squash rather than navigate cutting the larger ones into portions, but either works fine. (The recipe is based on a smaller squash serving two people; if you go for the bigger one, just double the stuffing ingredients. See the tutorial on “How to Cook Spaghetti Squash” and we will proceed from there. The stuffing is an adventure and can go far beyond the simple version listed here: Pan Seared Wild Mushrooms make a great addition to the stuffing; so does topping the squash with homemade Summer Tomato Sauce or, for meat eaters, a ladle of Best Turkey Bolognese sauce. In other words, be adventurous and play around with this recipe. You won’t be disappointed.
Inspiration means an activity ending in creation and the act of taking a breath. Inspiration is an individual activity. Doesn’t it seem that the more one reads, reporting, profiles of events and people, daily news, cultural coverage, and listens to media: podcasts, videos, and cartoons , the habit of inspiration declines.
It’s not about the recipe. Just don’t ruin a good story with the truth. What I mean by that is…that the story of your day is not a random collection of fragments, not a blow by blow recipe. It is your perception and inspiration that you extracted from the day.
For example, I stood over my sink. After following any recipe, there’s the dreaded clean-up; unforeseen chemical reactions take place between warm surfaces. When my hot spoon scrapes out the food left in my pressure cooker, the food sticks to the spoon and I don’t like to clean it up. Yes first cool down the spoon and pot. Patience, cooling down, has it’s own rewards. If the pressure/temp came down and I waited for the pot to cool to the right time, then the surfaces would not be sending out sticky alerts and sticking to each other.
What is the message practically? You can only have one thought at a time, ( from presenttensecoaching) and can only be in one place at a time …the place may not be your choice but the thought is.
There really is no time other than the present and it’s always ours … Learning to be more present, is a process that can take a lifetime. We are overflowing in gratitude to Hashem for what we already have. We fully experience this moment whether it’s taking time to see the garbage pilled up and perhaps, contact the Mayor:
Therefore, the practice of becoming more present serves us in so many more ways than in just living more fully by actually paying attention. It makes us deliberate creators versus creating by default.
When we tune in and become aware of how we are feeling, we can discern how we are vibrating, whether we are in alignment and thus what we are creating. (presenttensecoaching).
“All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence.” ― Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now
But, while life happens in the present, we still must plan for the future, which almost sounds like a contradiction. Can we be present and still plan for the future and if so, how do we not make the future more important than this red-hot moment?
Here are two ways, which reveal how your “present” expands while planning for any sort of future event.
1)You are planning something that may or may not happen.
You are sending out resumes, writing blog content. It’s all about how you are feeling now in the present about what you are planning for in the future. If you are excited and feeling good and hopeful about the future, you will be emitting that positive vibration now just by thinking about this future event and will allow it to come to you with much more ease than something in your future that seems unlikely. (You are only as successful as your beliefs)
2)You are planning something to escape from a present situation.
You are settled in a new place. Creating something in your future to maximize from where you are right now is possible. Something you are moving towards feels so good to imagine in your life. It is always a higher vibration and much easier to move towards something than to move away from something as when we are not happy with what is. This causes to create resistance, which holds us back from that which we desire. “Being okay with where you are…gets you where you want to be”. I am not saying you have to like where you are right now, just be at peace with it and accept what is. When you move towards something there is excitement, possibility and the imagination of already having it, which to the mind, is the same as if it’s already here. That vision will start the imagination of already having it, which to the mind, is the same as … If you are not happy now, you will not be happy in the future.
Kehal Chassidim Shaarei Chesed Synagogue
Address: 2, Yesha’ayahu Bar Zakai St, Jerusalem, Israel
I did not attend the Raw Foods Luncheon;
Many thanks to you and “The Ladies” for inviting me to an absolutely delightful luncheon gathering of raw and healthy food.
Here is a recipe for the VEGETABLE PATE that was brought by Clara. It is from Shoshanna Harrari’s THE GARDEN OF SPICES, page 200.
The Garden of Spices by Shoshanna Harrari adapted by me
1 t tamari, shoyu or sea salt
1 cup walnuts, soaked for 4 hours
i cup sunflower seeds, soaked for 4 hours
1/2 cup almonds, soaked overnight
olive oil and garlic and salt were called for without amounts
i used 2 cloves garlic, about a teaspoon of salt, and “some” amount of olive oil when I was grinding the nuts
1 red pepper, chopped small
1 large onion, chopped small [I used a red onion]
1/2 t cumin powder
recipe called for 4 stalks celery chopped small, which I left out
1/2 t dried tarragon, which recipe called for but I missed (!)
Though the recipe called for chopping the veggies and mixing them in by hand, I first chopped the pepper and the onion in the food processor and then removed them.
Put the nuts, tamari, olive oil, garlic, salt and cumin into the food processor and process until smooth and well blended.
Add back into the food processor the chopped veggies and continue to grind until smooth.
I stuffed both celery and red bell pepper pieces with the spread and added carrots for dipping. The spread is great on crackers, lettuce and just about anything else.
Can’t tell you how long this will last in the frig cuz, Baruch Hashem, we ate it all up.
The present is all about using caution in traveling around the city. Some venues are just too good to miss. Visitor Info: Tower of David Museum
The museum is located in a medieval fortress near the Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. There will be a few cooking classes this week.
Visiting the museum
* Combined ticket visit the Museum Day and night vision
* Combined ticket: Reduced price entrance to night vision and a separate entrance to visit the Tower of David Museum Day.Visiting day at the Tower of David is exercisable for one year from the date of purchase of the ticket onboard. Night vision possible entry date prior coordination reservation center or on a space available basis. The museum is open in the afternoons and evenings rather than during the nighttime spectacle.
** Soldiers groups: the entrance to visit the museum free day in advance at tel 02-6265347.
Museum tours – for individuals Hebrew: Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 am (July and August also on Fridays at 10:30)
English: Sunday through Thursday, at 11:00 am (July and August also on Fridays at 11:00 am) The tours included entrance fee to the museum. The tours are held on holidays and public holidays. * Movie Introduction History of Jerusalem will be screened for groups by appointment only, at tel: 02-6265327 or email: Groupsales@tod.org.il
Card “Member tower” Login reusable museum during the day for a year.
Adult: 100 ₪, child (under 18) / student / senior citizen: 50 ₪.
The card provides:
6 adult tickets Night Spectacular – 50 ₪
20 adult entrance tickets on 20 ₪
Permanent bonus culture in purchasing tickets, tours and meetings at 15% off full price adult (two tickets for each event)
Current information and updates on events in the museum early.
Resident Card “Yerushalmi” card provides:
Entrance to the museum during the day – adult 31 ₪, child 13 ₪.
₪ 10 off the nightly spectacle for adults
15% discount on activities, tours and events Tower of David
Youth Desk in Jerusalem
Friday | January 8 | 9:30 | Two lectures
culinary Jerusalem through the ages and culinary influences result of migration to Jerusalem in the 19th century
Non chewed history of Jerusalem
professor Edna Assis – tour guide and researcher culinary
culinary Jerusalem ancient period to modern times: the meals from the Second Temple and the innovations that led to Arab local cuisine. What is the worst cooking market? How has the Turkish government on the food in Jerusalem? What powers and brought into the British? What they ate during the siege and austerity?
Bulgur, borax and borscht
Speaker: Mill Netherlands – Chef – author of “forcing”, researcher and tour guide food
culinary, table and kitchen culture of immigrants to Jerusalem in the 19th century. How infiltration powers influenced the culinary Jerusalem? What effect would the pilgrims and Jewish immigrants on the local table? The lecture will deal with new flavors and migrants brought with them their impact on local food – Arab.
The meeting includes a tasting (Supervision: Rabbinate of Israel)
Keep this Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe in mind when your garden explodes with zucchini this summer.
This is a gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free recipe for the entire family to enjoy.
Coconut oil, which studies have shown can help our immune systems mount resistance to viruses, is one of the ingredients that gives this bread a moist, rich texture. Sweetened with honey and a bit of vanilla, this makes an excellent after-camp snack for the kids or a summer evening dessert with a cup ofIced Ginger Chai.
Into the depths Caving (known as “potholing” in the UK) is not an activity to be attempted alone, or without the proper equipment and preparation. It involves climbing, hiking, rappelling – and no small amount of danger. “It’s possibly the most dangerous challenge sport there is,” says Sergey Shipitsin, one of Israel’s most accomplished speleologists. “In most countries you can not even get insurance for it. It’s also one of the few activities where you can still go where no one has gone before – and even discover things not found beforehand anywhere in the world.”
Caving at the Avivim caves in Israel involves climbing, hiking, rappelling –
and no small amount of danger (Photo courtesy Sarma)
Shipitsin, 43, says Israel ranks among cave explorers’ top 10 destinations.”Israel is a dream country for the cave explorer. In Such a small country, we have everything. There is no country in the world like it in this Respect.”
Israel’s four main caving areas are the Jerusalem hills; Mount Sodom;around Peki’in in the Upper Galilee; and the Hebron Hills in the West Bank.
Mount Sodom – basically a block of salt rising 230 meters above the Dead Sea that sank into the ancient lake before being lifted out as a slab by tectonic tremors – is pierced by labyrinth caverns and tunnels formed by rainwater, including the world’s biggest salt caves. “And we have not even started exploring it in depth yet,” says Shipitsin.
If you know where to look, the Jerusalem hills have thousands of caves, many of them eminently explorable. The most interesting cave in Israel, says Shipitsin, is the 2.5-kilometer Ayalon Cave, discovered in April 2006 when a small opening was noticed in a quarry near Ramle. The limestone cave, completely cut off from the outside environment for millennia, sustained an independent, sunlight-free ecosystem. Four crustacean and four terrestrial species previously unknown to science, all without eyes, have been identified already. However, this cave remains closed to the public to allow scientific investigation to continue undisturbed.
“I started in Russia at age 16,” he says. “Israel has many people experienced in both cave exploration and rappelling. We organize challenge trips underground and training courses of various lengths. You do not have to be particularly fit – we had children aged seven and a 74-year-old in last weekend’s tour. ”
Climb up, rappel down
Israelis wishing to train for rock climbing have their choice of 12 rock-climbing walls – in Ashdod, Haifa, Jerusalem, Kibbutz Ha’Ogen, Kiryat-Ono, Kfar Blum, Petah Tikvah, Ramat Yishai and Tel Aviv.
When it comes to the real deal, Israel has some spectacular sites for rappelling, or the controlled descent down a rope known as “abseiling” in British English and “snappling” in Hebrew. Aficionados say that nothing matches the adrenalin rush of rappelling against the cliffs of the Ramon crater in the Negev, or down wadis in the Judean Desert.
One of the most popular rappelling sites is at Khirbet Oren on Mount Carmel, where the stone wall rises up from the valley almost vertically.Include popular sites Other the Keshet (Arch) Cave on the border with Lebanon and the Pigeons Caves, a Prehistoric site near Karmiel. Then there’s the notoriously challenging Black Canyon trail in the Golan Heights that combines rushing water with hiking through a unique nature reserve.
The quickest way down
Now, free-falling is for the really strong of heart. “Yes, it’s dangerous,” Admits Ziv Kochva, a Parachuting guide at the Paradive jump school near Habonim Beach opposite the Carmel mountain range, “But Parachuting is an Empowering experience. It Makes you the think you can do anything – a Tremendous feeling of freedom . Fear that turns into elation: Nothing can be compared with it. Anyone who does not do it once in their life is missing out. ”
Israel has its own skydiving fraternity, many of them graduates of paratroop units or the IDF’s jump school at Tel Nof. One stalwart, Shlomi Perel, jumped for the 15,000th time in January – an Israeli record. Civilian skydivers must take a two-day study course and have at least 10 jumps under their belt before being allowed up to 12,000 feet. But the beauty about parachuting is that you do not need to take a test – anyone can experience it through tandem jumps, in which the thrill-seeker and guide are harnessed together.
A long way down: parachutists get a birds-eye view of the country’s coastline.
Since opening a decade ago, Paradive, the country’s largest jump school, has conducted more than 300,000 jumps. Paradive offers three types of tandem jump: the basic jump, in which the paying client can passively enjoy the ride; “challenge tandem,” in which the customer opens and controls the ‘chute in the air; and “tandem jet,” where the plane drops you off at five kilometers.
“It can be the greatest experience of a lifetime,” Kochva exclaims. “You drop for 50 seconds at 200 kmph, then spend five to seven minutes floating down in one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s a closed area – a nature reserve and the only part of the Mediterranean coastline closed to flights.”
Parachuting is definitely not a cheap thrill – a basic tandem jump costs about NIS 1,200 ($ 333).
What kinds of people parachute? “Literally all sorts – from 12-year-olds to some in their 70s, and not necessarily former paratroopers,” says Kochva.”We have one elderly gent who’s already done 15 tandem jumps. Often they come as a birthday present – it’s a present they never forget.”
First of all, let’s differentiate between the complementary sports of paragliding and hang gliding. Both answer one of our greatest desires: to fly. A hang glider, with its aluminum frame, outperforms a paraglider in terms of speed and glide ratio – but landing a hang glider requires more skill. A paraglider flies more slowly and takes advantage of light conditions, can land in the smallest field and easily folds into the car trunk. Hang gliders are more suitable for blustery conditions. A hang glider pilot flies prone (suspended face down), while paraglider pilots fly supine (seated).
Israel, where the weather conditions are considered ideal, has no fewer than 25 official launch pads – and thousands of aerial sport fans. The country is blessed with favorable soaring conditions almost year-round. There are several popular launch sites in the Galilee including the Manara cliff near Kiryat Shmonah in the Upper Galilee; the Gilboa mountain; Zichron Ya’akov;off the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean coastline; and Mount Tabor above the Jezre’el Valley – an excellent thermal machine where, according to a fourth-century Christian legend, Jesus underwent the process of his Transfiguration. Ever since, the hill has been known as “The Mountain of the Leap.”Several professional schools offer courses and equipment rental for everything from glide parachutes to flying dune buggies.
The drink Into
When the waves are high, Thousands of surfers and windsurfers can be spotted frolicking in the Mediterranean waters all along Israel’s coastline.The sea often throws up sufficient swell, and the country has produced some fine surfers, including its first Olympic gold medalist in windsurfing, Gal Fridman.
Surfing here can be traced back to the 1950s, when young Californian physician Dorian Paskowitz immigrated together with six part-balsa longboards and introduced the sport to incredulous Tel Avivians. The days of learning to surf by trial and (Drowning) are long gone error, and surfing schools now dot the country’s coastline.
Not that local adventurism is limited to above sea level: The Red Sea coastline from Eilat, with its magnificent coral reefs and multiple marine species, is renowned worldwide for scuba diving. The Mediterranean coast also has several popular scuba-diving areas, among them the biblical sites of the ancient port of Caesarea and Tel Shikmona near Haifa.
OK, it’s not Aspen, but Israel’s sole ski slope features a wide range of ski trails at novice, intermediate and expert levels, plus winter family activities such as sledding and Nordic skiing. The highest point in Israel, Mount Hermon (the chairlift operates year-round) is also a wonderful base for summertime activities such as mountain biking.
In the past decade, mountain biking has become an incredibly popular weekend pastime in Israel, with dozens of biking clubs boasting thousands of members. This compact country boasts myriad bike routes through some of the most diverse terrain you’ll ever ride – you have not lived until you’ve ridden through the Negev desert by moonlight.
And those who thrive on the vibrations of a rumbling engine through their bones will find that Israel is rife with off-road routes for dirt bikes, four-wheel drives and ATVs (all-terrain vehicles). There are dozens of tels (biblical mounds) for drivers / riders who love shooting up and down the slopes.
You do not see the same numbers of skaters tearing up Israeli sidewalks as you do in North American metropolises, but Israeli cities have many new marble-lined plazas that come alive after office hours. The country also has a number of skate parks. The Sporteque in Tel Aviv, the best and biggest park in the country, has a vert, a mini ramp, a mini vert, four quarters, three fun boxes, four banks, two rails, a pyramid and a pro shop.Golda Park in central Tel Aviv is the city’s best unofficial skate spot.Jerusalem boasts a newly rebuilt concrete skate park at Gan Sacher, adjacent to the Supreme Court, while skaters also hang out at Safra Square, next to City Hall.
Crazy Roller in Herzliya has a mini-half pipe and a 3.4 meter high vert, and there are also skate parks in Ra’anana, Katzrin and Shoham. S even a There skate major event in the ancient Roman Amphitheater at Caesarea, sponsored by Red Bull.
Skateboarding has been around in Israel since at least 1978, and is alive and kicking in this corner of the Middle East. And unlike in other countries, skateboarding is not a crime in Israel and there is no police harassment of skaters.
That might not be the case with parkour, also known as free-running – the non-competitive, utilitarian discipline of French origin in which participants negotiate a route lined with urban obstacles using only their bodies’ natural abilities. Law-enforcement officers are keeping a wary eye on Israeli city teenagers taking to their local concrete jungle using a gamut of skills involving leaping, climbing, vaulting, rolling and swinging. Sometimes they can even be spotted leaping from one rooftop to the next.
RED LENTIL SOUP
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced or pureed
4 stalks of celery, washed and sliced crosswise 1/2-inch thick
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 generous pinch saffron
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 large or 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
1 pound red lentils/yellow
2 quarts water
1 cup cooked wheat berries or alfalfa sprouts
6 Italian Roma tomatoes, cored and diced
1/2 bunch cilantro, washed, leaves sliced thin /crosswise or beet green leaves
CROUTONS TO FLOAT ON A BOWL OF SOUP
1 loaf long skinny bread, sliced on the diagonal 3/4-inch thick
2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil or softened butter
Heat olive oil in Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, 10 minutes until softened and beginning to color. Add garlic and cook one minute to release its aroma. Add celery and cook 2 minutes until softened. Add 1 teaspoon of salt, the pepper and the turmeric, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, saffron, and bay leaf and cook 2 to 3 minutes to develop the flavor of the spices. Add tomato paste, potatoes, lentils and water and cook 45 minutes; the lentils and potatoes should be quite tender. Stir in remaining 1 teaspoon salt, wheat berries and tomatoes and heat through. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve garnished with cilantro. I did not add the cilantro. Also guests commented that the cinnamon was not necessary.
CROUTONS TO FLOAT ON A BOWL OF SOUP
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly brush oil or butter on both sides of bread slices. Arrange bread in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool croutons on a wire rack.
c.1996, M.S. Milliken & S. Feniger, all rights reserved
TUNA/ BROCCOLI/KALE/BEET GREAN QUINOA PATTIES WITH LEMON CAPER SAUCE adapted from: http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2014/01/18/tuna-broccoli-quinoa-patties-lemon-caper-sauce/
Serves: 12 three-inch patties
For the Lemon Caper Sauce:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon capers, minced-OMITTED
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
FOR THE TUNA/ BROCCOLI/KALE/BEET GREAN QUINOA PATTIES
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa/KASHA/MILLET cooked use 3/4 cup
1 cup diced broccoli/KALE/beet greens plus 1 shredded carrot
1/2 cup minced onion
2 cups drained & flaked tuna or salmon (about a 7 ounce can) i used 18 oz total mixed with egg in food processor
1/2 cup blanched almond flour or gluten free bread crumbs or flax meal
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
Sea salt & fresh ground black pepper/sprorachio sauce/cayenne
2 eggs- I used one with 4 oz flax seed meal
1-3 tablespoons coconut oil, for frying ,seasoned matzah crumbs.
To make the Lemon Caper Sauce:
In a small mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients and refrigerate in an air tight container until ready to serve.
To make the TUNA/ BROCCOLI/KALE/BEET GREAN QUINOA PATTIES
Cook the quinoa according to package directions, or use The Better Way to Cook Quinoa method. Drain and cool.
In a medium sized skillet or wok, sauté the vegetables and onions in 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil over medium heat until they are beginning to turn soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from burner and cool.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the quinoa, vegetables and onions, tuna, almond flour, or substitute, garlic, and dill. Season with fresh ground black pepper to taste.
Stir in the egg.
Warm a tablespoon of coconut oil in a 10-12 inch skillet (this is the one I recommend) over medium heat.
Pack a 1/4 cup metal measuring cup or a falafel maker with patty mixture and carefully ease the mixture out into the skillet. Use the back side of a spatula to press the mixture into a three inch patty, about 1/2-3/4 inch thick. I made mine 1 1/2 in wide by 1/2 inch thick. Made them easier to turn.
Reduce temperature to medium low, and fry the patties for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown. I baked them on parchment in the oven by toping them with canola oil, Keep adding more coconut oil to the pan as needed. Serve warm or at room temperature with the Lemon Caper Sauce.
RECIPE NOTES FROM MEGAN
I like having a good amount of coconut oil in my frying pan, about a tablespoon, because it makes the outside of the patties nice and crunchy (but that’s just my preference, feel free to do what you like).
If you are using left over cooked quinoa, 1/2 cup of uncooked quinoa equals about 1 3/4 cups of cooked quinoa
An Introduction: The Negev encompasses- 60 % of Israel’s land mass and about 9 % of the population, including many Bedouin tribes, who “live” in reserves. The plan today was to visit Ein Avdat National Park . We hiked in a wadi, part of the park. However the sunny photos in En Avdat are not of our hike-I am including a soup recipe. A long trip requires provisions.
This was an extraordinary day; Many places in the Negev are for a future sunny trip. Hashem did not grace us with sun there today. The day had many wonderful moments.The ruins of the spice route are luminous. Those are also for another trip but are included here just s a sample of the stretches of the Negev.
The NBNefesh bus is leaving from Binyanei HaUman, a few minutes after 8:00 AM with only a few passengers. One stop in Beit Shemesh for the fill up and we are on our way taking the circuitous road to route 6 South over-reaching the showers. The road’s side gullies are dry and there are another 2 hours before reaching the Negev. Nechama and I are raking our brains a bit with Arabic.
We meet several soldiers at a pit-stop, who enjoy practicing their English on us (to my regret). The group are stationed in Rehovot. They also are traveling together with their commanding officer, a smiling Ethiopian girl. She points this out to us with a big wave.
There is always a risk in the winter of showers and flash floods in the eastern and southern wadis.
Due to flooding, our group is stopped at a road-block at the entrance to Ein Avdat National Park. Our guide Noa explains that we are not the only ones to be disappointed and turned away from Ein Avdat National Park.
Clusters of families were huddled together. They had travelled from the surrounding areas, even from Tel Aviv to “catch a flood”. Check out the following map and U-tube which captures the flood on camera.
The Alpaca farm
The farm is located north of Mitzpe Ramon and houses many different animals such as alpacas, llamas, camels and horses. The farm offers a variety of activities such as hand-feeding, horse-back riding and more.
Makhtesh Ramon – Ramon Crater
The crater is located next to the city of Mitzpe Ramon. The visitors’ center offers a spectacular view of the crater, as well as tourist information, videos and an audio-visual show. Click here for more information about the Ramon Crater. In an earlier post I described an unusual astronomy talk.
Avdat National Park described in this post:Unfortunately our visit does not include this because of the rain. Visit the remains of an ancient city which served as a camping ground for Nabataean caravans traveling along the early Petra – Gaza road. Open all year round. Allow an hour or two for n full tour of the site.
Neve Midbar Spa: This sounds magnificent:
The spa spans 8,000 square meters and offers three mineral pools, sauna facilities and many relaxing massage treatments.
David Ben Gurion’s desert home: Will visit today. David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, was an avid supporter of settlement in the Negev Desert. His desert home in Kibbutz Sde Boker is now a museum commemorating his life and contribution to the development of the Negev. Click here for more information about David Ben Gurion.
The region offers house-back riding, camel riding, alpaca riding and feeding, jeep and dune buggy tours, spas and beautiful hiking trails.
Exploring the Area
Shivta is an impressive site, but it’s in the middle of nowhere, hard to get to, and has no facilities. If you have a car or plan to go on a tour, this can be a very worthwhile, atmospheric excursion — there’s a good chance you’ll have this ruined city all to yourself; otherwise spend your time at the other ruined Nabatean cities of Avdat or Mamshit.
Shivta is about 50km (31 miles) southwest of Beersheva, in the military zone about 8 km (5 miles) off the Nizzana road. It’s important not to get lost in the military zone, so here are explicit directions: From the highway, the Shivta road is two lanes and paved for the first 2.5km (1 1/2 miles). It then narrows, and after another kilometer you pass a road, on the left, to the military installation. After passing this road, it’s another 5km (3 miles) over a rough, curvy one-lane road to Shivta. There are few signs. Officially Shivta is a national park, but there is no office or telephone at this deserted location. Admission, if anyone is around to collect it, is NIS 12 ($3/£1.50) for adults and half-price for children 17 and under.
The Nabateans, a desert merchant people whose capital was the legendary city of Petra, in Jordan, established Shivta in the 1st century B.C., but Shivta (or Subeita) reached its high point during the time of Justinian the Great (6th c. A.D.), when Byzantine wealth and caravan trade were at their height. In addition to commercial wealth, Shivta’s ingenious citizens built an elaborate irrigation and water-collection system that allowed them to farm the barren soil. Israelis are studying Nabatean irrigation techniques to this day.
Eventually trade routes slowly changed, and though Shivta survived as an Arab outpost for many centuries, by the 1100s it was a ghost town.
The ruins of Shivta remained in fairly good condition throughout the centuries because they were too far away from newer building sites to make pillage economical. As a result, the city, which dates from the 500s, is still somewhat intact. Restoration work began in 1958. Buildings restored include three churches, a mosque, a caravansary, two water-collection pools, and houses. Signs identify and discuss the principal buildings.
Sde Boker & Avdat
About 50km (31 miles) due south of Beersheva, surrounded by sand and parched mountains, you suddenly come to a farm settlement — the famous Ben-Gurion kibbutz, Sde Boker. The settlement began in May 1952, at the prime minister’s instigation, when the country was first encouraging settlers to populate the Negev. Ben-Gurion became a member of this kibbutz in 1953; he lived and worked here until his death in 1973, at the age of 87. He and his wife, Paula, are buried here, and his fascinating personal papers, photos, and eclectic collection of books on history, philosophy, and religion may be seen in the Paula and David Ben-Gurion Hut (tel. 08/655-0320 or 655-8444; http://www.bgh.org.il). The hut remains as it was when Ben-Gurion lived in it. Visiting hours are Sunday through Thursday from 8:30am to 3:30pm, on Friday, Saturday, holidays, and holiday eves from 8:30am to 2pm. Admission is NIS 12 ($3/£1.50).
Over the years Sde Boker began to thrive, as did several other young settlements in the Negev. A campus of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has been established at Sde Boker. A modern library, housing the Ben-Gurion Institute and Archives (tel. 08/655-5057) and containing 750,000 documents associated with Israel’s first chief of state, is located here. The institute also contains a Research Center for Solar Energy and a Museum of Desert Sculpture, a collection of art created from natural objects and materials found in the desert. The institute also serves as a center for the study of desert areas. It’s open daily from 9am to 5pm; you must phone ahead for tours, which are given by appointment for NIS 10 ($2.50/£1.25).
The graves of David and Paula Ben-Gurion are 3km (2 miles) southwest of the Ben-Gurion House, to the right of the Gate of Sde Boker College. The site, chosen by Ben-Gurion, overlooks the dramatic Zin Valley, with the greenery of the Ein Avdat spring in the distance to the right.
Avdat Archaeological Park, 20km (12 miles) south of the Paula and David Ben-Gurion Hut on Rte. 40 (tel. 08/655-0954), was a major city built by the Nabateans in the 2nd century B.C. as a caravan post on a spice and trading route that ran from the Red Sea to the Nabatean capital at Petra, then to Avdat, Beersheva, and onward to Gaza on the Mediterranean coast. The city reached its peak of importance during Roman and Byzantine times and went into decline after the Roman conquest in the 7th century A.D.
Situated on a cliff 600m (1,969 ft.) above sea level, and with many partially restored structures, Avdat offers dramatic vistas across the desert; along with the ruined Nabatean city of Mamshit, it was used for location shots in the film Jesus Christ Superstar. The western half of Avdat’s acropolis contains the ruins of two Byzantine churches; the eastern section is dominated by the city’s fortress. Beyond the acropolis are a large Byzantine-era wine press and an olive press, evidence of the Nabateans’ amazing ability to irrigate and farm the desolate Negev 1,500 years ago. Admission to the Avdat Archaeological Park is NIS 20 ($5/£2.50) for adults and half-price for those 17 and under. It is open from 8am to 5pm (until 4pm in winter). There is a small visitor center (tel. 08/658-6391) at the entrance offering snacks, very good pamphlets with explanatory maps, and a brief video. Beside the ruins of Avdat, the Hebrew University has operated an experimental farm for the past 40 years in which Nabatean agricultural techniques, as uncovered by archaeologists, are being explored and redeveloped.
Mamshit National Park
The ruins of Nabatean cities carry a certain aura of mystery and grandeur about them. This third ruined Nabatean city, 6km (4 miles) southeast of Dimona, is probably a few centuries older than Avdat and was built on a slightly more important trade route. It was a town of large caravansaries, warehouses, and accounting offices; by Roman times, the town sported large public bathhouses, villas with wall murals, and houses of pleasure. The two large, well-preserved Byzantine-era churches may have been converted to mosques after the Muslim conquest in A.D. 635, judging from Koranic verses inscribed on the walls of their ruins. However, the city seems to have been permanently abandoned not long after that time, and the inscriptions may have been made after the city was no longer inhabited. The ruins are set above Machtesh Ha-Gadol, one of the Negev’s dramatic erosion craters. Mamshit National Park (tel. 08/655-6478) is open daily 8am to 5pm; until 4pm in winter. Admission is NIS 20 ($5/£2.50).
Ein Avdat National Park is located in a beautiful canyon in the Negev desert. The Ein Avdat Spring flows down in a waterfall towards an 8-meter deep pool of water. The oasis created by the springs attracts ibex and other animals.
The oasis at Ein Avdat is created by a number of springs which begin at the southern, or upper, section of the national park. The water creates a number of pools which descend in waterfalls to the lower section of the canyon. The source of the springs is not definitively known, but is generally thought to be rain water which seeps into the ground.
The canyon is actually part of Nahal Zin, which is the longest wadi or dry riverbed in the Negev desert. Nahal Zin begins inMachtesh Ramon and travels 120 kilometers north, although at Ein Avdat the Nahal actually heads east. Nahal Zin andEin Avdat were created by flowing water which eroded the rock and carved canyons.
The first spring is called Ein Ma’arif. This spring creates pools and small waterfalls, finally reaching the main waterfall which is 15 meters high. The waterfall leads into an 8 meter pool of water which is separated into two parts by a man-made dam. This spring is called the Ein Avdat Spring, from which the nature reserve gets its name. The northernmost spring in the park is known as Ein Mor, called for the spice Myrrh (in Hebrew, mor). The name of the spring is fitting, as the park is located near the ancient Nabatean city Avdat on the incense route.
The water is slightly salty, and the trees growing in the area are Euphrates poplar trees, atriplexes(commonly known as saltbush), and other salt-loving trees. Also common to the area are Bulbul, rock pigeons, eagles, vultures, hawks, bustards, frogs, crabs, and ibexes.
At the northern, or upper section, of the nature reserve, there are caves which were used b Byzantine monks from Avdat from the 6th century until the Muslim conquest of the area. The monks sculpted shelves, benches, stairs, and water systems from the rock. The caves were also decorated with crosses and prayers were engraved in the rock of the caves.
The Hike which we did nottake but we were on an alternate:
The hike itself is easy, but it requires mobility to climb the steps and ladders. The hike begins at the northern section, which is located neat Ben Gurion’s grave in Sde Boker. Follow the path in an easy walk to the waterfall and pool with the dam.
Next to the dam are steps which lead upwards towards the southern part of the nature reserve. These steps were initially carved by Israeli youth in the 1950s. Follow the steps to the oasis above, bursting with trees and additional pools of water.
From here, additional steps and two ladders lead past the Byzantine Monks’ caves to the upper observatory at the southern end of the park.
Tip: The complete hike requires one hour. However, the route is not circular, and can only be done in one direction. If you have two cars, a car can be left at the end of the trail. Alternatively, you could walk to the pools with the dams, return to your car at the lower end, and then drive to the observatory at the upper end. If you can manage it, I advise the hike, which is not difficult and lots of fun!
Tip: No swimming is allowed in the pools, as they are reserved for the animals in the park.
Tip: The park is open from 8:00-16:00 in the winter months, and from 8:00-17:00 in the summer months.
Tip: There is an entrance fee, which includes entrance into the upper and lower sections of the park. There is also a combined ticket which includes entrance to the city of Avdat.
Tip: Ein Avdat is located off of route 40, just south of Kibbutz Sde Boker.
Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva (www.ipsl.org/programs/israel.html) invites foreign students to study and do volunteer service in Israel. The program includes an intensive Hebrew language course and exposes students to Israeli culture, history and society. Students may also choose among several trips, including a visit to a kibbutz or an archaeological dig. Students must volunteer 15-20 hours a week doing such things as tutoring Russian and Ethiopian immigrants and orphaned Israeli children; helping Bedouins transition from their desert village to modern Israel; helping ex-prisoners reenter society; or working on environmental projects. Cost is $10,500 per semester, excluding airfare, food, and certain other expenses. Financial aid and scholarships are available. – See more at: http://www.jwmag.org/page.aspx?pid=579#sthash.bq9uMDBX.dpuf
Ben Gurion was well versed in Tanach. His officers also knew that he admired “lived” with three leaders, Moses, Lincoln and Gandhi.
It is telling that in a few days will be the tenth of Tevet. The Tenth of Tevet (Hebrew: עשרה בטבת, Asarah BeTevet), the tenth day of the Hebrew month of Tevet, is a fast day in Judaism. It is one of the minor fasts observed from before dawn to nightfall. The fasting commemorates the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylonia—an event that began on that date and ultimately culminated in the destruction of Solomon’s Temple (the First Temple) and the conquest of the Kingdom of Judah (today southern Israel).
Our group viewed a film (made up of half cartoon half actors) introducting the viewer to Ben Gurion’s rise to power. Other key players and the cabinet:
David Ben-Gurion, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Eliezer Kaplan, Minister of Finance, Behor Shalom Shitrit, Minister of Police and Minorities, Yitzhak Greenbaum, Minister of the Interior
Peretz Bernstein, Minister of Trade, Industry and Supplies.
Mordechai Bentov, Minister of Labor and Construction
Aharon Zisling, Minister of Agriculture
David Remez, Minister of Transport
Moshe Shertok (Sharett), Foreign Minister -They did not all agree with Ben Gurion that Jerusalem had to be held and the siege broken at all costs.
One cannot walk away from a visit to Ben Gurion’s home without strong impressions of the country’s “Founding Father”. He was ruthless in his goal of a single army to defend the state (i.e. the Alelena Affair). Opposing the left, he was not agreeable to the borders in the Partition Plan – UNGA Resolution 181, once Israel was attacked in 1948. On November 29, 1947 the UN General Assembly to adopt the partition plan, by a vote of 33 to 13, recommending the establishment of two states – Arab and Jewish – in the area and Jerusalem as an international enclave. We know what happened after that. Once the state was announced Ben Gurion was the prime mover in establishing institutions and furthering the ones already in existence.
In 1955, Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion challenged his people to develop the Negev and make it flourish. “Israel’s capacity for science and research will be tested in the Negev … and this effort will determine the fate of the State of Israel and the standing of our people in the history of mankind,” he declared.
Members of The Negev Funding Coalition — a consortium of Jewish Federations, foundations and other funders committed to developing arts, culture, education, health care, science and technology initiatives in the region — recently met in Delaware to discuss their progress in fulfilling Ben-Gurion’s vision for making the Negev a vital and vibrant place to live and work.
The conference, which was sponsored by Jewish Federations of North America, featured a keynote presentation by Rear Admiral (Ret.) Hezi Meshita, the deputy director of the Southern Relocation Administration for the Israel Ministry of Defense. Meshita termed this “the decade of the Negev” and expressed excitement at the impact of four proposed development projects.
Chief among them is the construction of a new $650 million training facility located 20 miles outside of Beer-Sheva. Beginning in late 2014, 10,000 soldiers will be moved to the new base from their current quarters in Tel Aviv. The program will centralize combat support training that is currently conducted at multiple sites throughout Israel.
Three more “mega bases” are expected to be built in the Negev by 2020 — part of a strategic plan to vacate the land and buildings that the Israel Defense Forces currently occupies in high-end Tel Aviv and central Israel in order to bring jobs and investments to Israel’s south. As part of this initiative, the Israeli air force base at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport has already relocated to Netavim.
According to Meshita, these major military projects should bring one million new residents to the Negev. A new national cyber security research and development center called CyberSpark will open soon at Beer-Sheva’s Advanced Technology Park (ATP) in cooperation with BGU, adjacent to the University’s Marcus Family Campus. Lockheed Martin and IBM announced that they would invest in CyberSpark facilities, joining fellow cyber-security leaders Deutsche Telekom, EMC, RSA and many startups in the field.
The 16-building park is the only one of its kind in the world that includes Fortune 500 companies, cyber-incubators, academic researchers and educational facilities as well as national government and security agencies. The complex will also include a high school geared toward science and technology.BGU is the site of another project funded by the coalition.
The University’s Clean Technology Initiative strives to maximize the development of renewable materials and energy resources by providing fellowships to BGU graduate students interested in studying this new field and by supporting a new business plan competition for clean tech development, which targets Negev-based startups as well as BGU students.
“We have already received more than 25 entries — all environment Researchally and ecologically sound projects that will help drive development in the Negev,” says Doron Krakow, AABGU’s executive vice president.
Sam Katz, co-chair of the Philadelphia-Netivot Partnership Committee and AABGU supporter, is excited by the growth of arts and cultural initiatives throughout southern Israel and is particularly proud of one project that he helped to spearhead in Netivot.
Remember, the ancient cities in the Negev were not uncovered before the founding of the state. Background: The ancient city of Avdat (Oboda) was initially a station on the Incense Route in the Negev highlands. It was developed to a city by the Nabateans starting in the 3rd C BC. During the Roman period the city was part of the defense and transportation systems of the Empire, and flourished during the Byzantine period with the construction of Churches, structures, workshops and vast agriculture farming. The city was finally abandoned in the 7th C following an earthquake. It became a National park and World Heritage site, a recommended site on the road to the south.
Location and aerial map: The site is located in the middle of the Negev desert highland, between Beer Sheba and the Ramon Crator. The ruins of the ancient city are located on the edge of a high plateau, east side of highway #40.
If you travel south to Eilat via Mizpeh-Ramon, Avdat is a great place to stop – even for just one hour. There is an easy access road from the visitor’s center up to the ruins, which leads to the parking place near the Roman Tower.
Point on the yellow points to navigate to the selected point.
The Incense / Spice route
The Incense & Spice route connected the east (Yemen and Oman), through Arabia, via the Nabatean capital city Petra, to the port city of Gaza on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. This road, with a total length of 2,400 km, passed through harsh desert areas. It was used by the Nabateans to export the incense and spices from southern Arabia and the Far east to the Classic world of Greece and Rome.
Caravans of camels carrying the merchandise along the Incense route
The Biblical map below shows its path, with Avdat (Oboda) in the center of the Negev desert. The city started in the 3rd C BC as a fortified station (number 62) along this route, and protected the valuable cargo from robbers. It also supplied water, food and shelter to the caravans.
Map of the Incense/Spice route – during the Nabatean and Roman/Byzantine periods (based on Bible Mapper 3.0)
The Nabateans originated from Arabia, where they have been nomadic tent dwellers. The name “Nabat” may have originated from the word meaning “of-Arab”, a name which is known since the 10th C BC. Their language was Aramaic and many of their words were Arabic. The Nabatean script is similar to the Moab script. Although they have not left any books, the research of their history is based on the inscriptions on tombs, and on Greek and Roman historians, such as Diodorus Siculus (half of 1st C BC) and Josephus Flavius (half of 1st C AD). The Nabateans excelled in ceramics, mastered in collecting the desert water, and were skilled merchants.
The Nabateans prospered from the operation of the Incense and Spice route, and established stations and cities along the route. This commercial enterprise started around the 5th or 4th C BC, and made these merchants rich. Their new capital city in Edom, called Petra, based on the Greek word for Rock. In the Bible it is also named ‘rock’ (Sela in Hebrew). Judges 1 36: “And the coast of the Amorites was from the going up to Akrabbim, from the rock, and upward”, Isaiah 16 1:”Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.” Petra was the center of a vast Kingdom: the kingdom included the Negev and Sinai, Northern Arabia, Moab and Hauran (Houran). The Nabateans mastered the utilization of the scarce rainfall in the desert area, by collecting the surface runoff into hidden cisterns, and then used it for their water supply and the development of desert agriculture.
The Nabateans arrived to the Negev during the Persian period (about the 4th C BC). Prof A. Negev, the excavator of Avdat and other Nabatean sites, defines 3 periods in the history of the Nabateans in the Negev:
Early Nabatean period (4th-1st C BC) – the nomad period during the Persian and Hellenistic periods
Middle Nabatean period (25BC to 50/70AD) – the trade empire – during the Early Roman period
Late Nabatean period (70/80 to 150AD) – the urban agriculture period – during the Early Roman period
Alexander the Great (332 BC) and successors – Hellenistic period
When Alexander the Great arrived to the area (332BC), the Nabateans suffered from his Army. The Greeks set siege on Gaza, their important outlet to the Sea, and conquered it after 2 months. The entire population was killed or sold to slavery, and replaced by new residents. The Greeks also fought against their allies, the Nabateans, and attacked Lachish. This was a major setback to the Nabateans.
After Alexander’s death, the Greeks continued to hit the Nabateans. Learning about the riches of Petra, the Greek general Antigonus sent his forces in 311 to capture and loot their capital city Petra. Although the Nabateans managed to retrieve the stolen treasures after one night, they learned their lesson – the Incense route must be protected.
Establishment of Avdat (3rd C BC)
In order to support & protect the Incense route, the Nabateans established stations and fortresses along the road. One of these stations, located in the Negev highland, is Avdat. It was established in the 3rd C BC, and was later named after their king Avdat/Obodas.
Hasmonean-Nabatean battles (2nd -1st C BC)
During the Hasmonean dynasty, the early Jewish Kings worked together with the Nabateans. This changed when in about 100 BC the Hasmonean King Alexander Jannaeus conquered the port city of Gaza, the final station of the Incense route. Gaza was under Nabatean control since the Persian period, and the loss of the city was a major defeat for the Nabateans, causing their cities along the route to decline. On the other hand, the possession of Gaza made the Hasmoneans richer and was one of the important sources of income for the Jewish Kingdom.
King Obodas (Avdat) I ruled the Nabatean Kingdom from 96-85 BC. He defeated Alexander Jannaeus in a battle northwest of Philadelphia (modern day Amman) in 95BC. This Nabatean victory gave the city its name.
Later, King Obodas III (ruled 30-9BC) developed the city and was buried there. His silver coin is illustrated here, with his bust on the left side with the word “Avdat” to his right. His queen is seen on the reverse side on the right coin, with the mint date and also an inscription of a blessing by the Nabatean God Dushara.
Nabatean coin of Obodas III (30-9BC) – Drawing by Rina
Left Obverse: bust of Obodas III, “Avdat”
Right Reverse: draped queen “Year — Barcat Dushara”
The Hasmonean Kingdom controlled Gaza until the Roman conquest by Pompey the Great forty years later (63BC).
Early Roman period (1st C AD)
Only during the time of Herod the Great (37-4BC) the Mediterranean ports were reopened and the Incense route revived, bringing Avdat a new era of prosperity. The city continued to prosper and develop under the reign of the Nabatean King Areta (Khartat) IV (9-40AD). This period is the Nabatean’s golden age, with fifty years of prosperity. The acropolis of Avdat, the pottery workshop, the army camp, and other remains of structures date to this period. At this time there were few residential houses in the city, and the majority lived in tents in the area outside the city walls.
Avdat was damaged by attacks of Arab tribes (the Thamuds and other Arabian tribes) during the middle of the 1st C AD. An evidence of fire was found in most of the excavated areas. The city was later reconstructed and further developed by King Rabbel II (70-106AD) who managed to deal with the invasion of the tribes and the economic changes following the decline of the Incense route.
The Incense route started to decline at the end of the 1st C AD, since it was replaced by other routes through the Roman empire. The Nabateans gradually switched to the development of desert agriculture and providing support to the Roman army and travelers along the desert roads. This successful transition – from the operation of the route to desert agriculture – revived the wealth of the Kingdom. According to some archaeologists, the desert farming was brought in only during the Byzantine period.
Roman Annexation (106AD)
In 106AD the Romans annexed the Nabatean Kingdom. It became part of the defense and road systems of the Roman empire, and appears on the Peutinger map (based on a 4th C Roman military road map) as “Oboda” (marked by a red square) as a station on the road from Jerusalem to Eilat. Note that the orientation of the Roman map is north on the right side. The Incense route is not shown on the map.
The Roman annexation brought a substantial religious change – from the Nabatean Semite religion to the paganism of the Roman world.
Peutinger Roman Military Map: Oboda/Avdat (in red) is a station along the road from Jerusalem to Eilat
Byzantine period (4th – 7th C AD)
The Nabateans converted to Christianity and their temples were replaced by two Churches and a monastery. A large residential quarter was built, as well as other installations and structures. The city continued to develop, but reached a tragic end following a massive earthquake in around 630BC. This led to the abandonment of the city.
Rediscovery (19th C)
The Arabic name of the ruins was Eboda, which preserved the ancient name. Palmer and Drake were the first researchers who correctly identified the location of Avdat (1870). The first archaeological detailed survey was conducted by Musil (1902), and the first excavations were by Colt (1937), Avi-Yonah (1958), and A. Negev (1959-1960). These were followed by excavations by A. Negev and R. Cohen (1975-1977), P. Fabian (1993-1994, 1999) and T. Erikson-Gini (1999-2000). Recent restorations are conducted (2010-2011) after the site was vandalized.
The site became a UNESCO World heritage site in 2005, and was listed together with the Incense route from Avdat to Moa in the Arava (65KM long).
The city is located on a high (alt 620m) plateau, about 160m above above the valley to the west (where the ancient road passed, and the modern road and visitor center are located).
A plan of the ancient city is seen in the diagram below, highlighting the major sights. The pink areas are dated to the Nabatean and Roman periods, while other areas date to the Byzantine period.
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(a) General View
The western edge of the city is seen from the visitor’s center. The ruins of the city are located on a plateau high above the course of the road.
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A panoramic view, as seen from the Roman tower towards the city, in seen in the following picture. If you press on it, a panoramic viewer will pop up. Using this flash-based panoramic viewer, you can move around and zoom in and out, optionally click on hotspots and view the site in full screen mode. Note that it may take minutes to upload.
To open the viewer, simply click on the photo below.
(b) South hillside
The access road ascends from the visitor center up to the Roman tower, along the southern side of the city. The red square on the plan of the city shows the position of the southern hillside. The city was once protected by a wall, and the road passes along its path.
Along the hillside are traces of the wall and other ruins, such as the house seen in the photo below.
Another view of the south-west hillside is below:
The south western side of the city – the acropolis – is better seen after climbing up the road. A lookout platform is located at the edge of the higher side, where the ruins of a Nabatean temple are in the process of reconstruction.
(c) Southern Villa
On the south side of the Avdat ridge are ruins of a Roman villa. This is how it looks from its north side:
The villa has several rooms which were built around a square courtyard. At the center of the courtyard is a cistern.
The roof was supported by arches, of which a pair were reconstructed in one of the rooms:
Another view of the arches:
From this side is a great view of the vast desert area around Avdat. This is the view towards the south:
Also seen, on the south-west side, are agriculture farming areas which are reconstruction of the ancient irrigation and cultivation methods. During the Roman and Byzantine periods these farms supplied the city with fresh products, and were also one of the sources of the city’s income, since the Nabateans used to grow crops and sell it to the Army.
Another view of the villa, this one from the exterior:
(d) Roman Tower
After completing the tour of the the southern villa, you continue to drive up the access road and reach to the parking area on the south-east side of the city. This is where the walking tour of the city begins.
A lookout tower, dated to the Roman period, is the first interest point inside the city. Its location on the plan of the city is indicated by a red square on the right.
The tower is built along the city wall. It was constructed in 294 AD according to the inscription above its entrance.
A view of the tower from its west side can be seen in the picture below.
The entrance to the tower is from this side:
Another view of the tower, this one from the south-east side, is in the picture below. The roof of the tower affords great views of the area.
Standing on the roof of the tower, there is a great view of the Avdat acropolis and the southern hillside. (If you want to see the panorama again using the flash view, press here. Note that it loads slowly…)
The far structure, seen among the ruins, is an agriculture installation used for wine production. It is dated to the Byzantine period, and was one of the five winepress installations found in Avdat.
(e) Byzantine Quarter
Beyond the city wall and the Roman tower is a vast area of ruins, which is still undergoing archaeological excavations and preservation. This residential quarter is dated to the Byzantine period. Its location is indicated on the map as a red square.
The quarter was first established during the Roman period, and was destroyed in an earthquake around 630AD.
A view of one of the structures is shown below.
Another section of the dwelling houses:
Arches were used in order to support the roof and the second level of the house:
The Byzantine quarter consists of a main street in the direction of south-east to north-west, directed towards the fortress which is seen in the background. The dwelling structures are built on both sides of the street.
The street has a system of water channels, such as this one shown below, which lead the rain water from the roofs to collecting cisterns as seen on the lower-left side. These cisterns were the main source of water supply for the residents.
Along the main road are residential dwellings in various stages of reconstruction. The structures were leveled in the 7th C by an earthquake and remained in ruins since then, following the decline of the Incense route and the Arab conquest.
A closer view of one of the structures. The two level building uses arches to support the upper floor.
A set of sculptures, with a shepherd and his goats, highlight the ancient nature of the busy street.
Another view of the shepherd and his goat, drinking from the water cistern, is in the next picture. During the Roman and Byzantine period the Nabatean residents became suppliers to the Army, and turned the areas around the city from a desert into green areas of farming and grazing lands.
(f) City Fortress
The city fortress, located at the edge of the main street, was built also in the Byzantine period. Its purpose was to protect the residents in time of attacks. Its location on the city plan is indicated as a red square.
The fortress is 63m long by 43m wide. The south-eastern tower, another good observation point, is shown in the following picture. An entrance to the fortress is on its right side.
Inside the fortress is a wide open court, with a large cistern located in its center. The water channel in the picture below feeds rainwater into the cistern. On the north side of the court is a prayer chapel (but is not seen here).
A closer view of the water reservoir is in the photo below. It is now dry, but a pair of pigeons (seen flowing away) use its shade to nest.
The entrance of the water into the underground water reservoir is shown in greater detail the next photograph. Water in this dry land, with only 80mm of annual rainfall, is precious. The surface and roof rain runoff was the only solution for this city, since there were no available springs in the vicinity to bring the water into the city.
(g) Nabatean Temples
Beyond the fortress is another wide open area of the Nabatean temples and churches plaza. This area is indicated as a red square on the map.
In this area there were one or more Nabatean temples, which were later replaced by Churches.
A western view of the paved area is seen in the photo below.
On the north side of the area is a gate house:
A closer view of the gate house:
The gate opens to the north area outside of the city.
Another section of the walled area, as seen in the northwest view:
(h) Southern Church
The southern church was part of a Byzantine monastery of St. Theodoros. It is located on the south-west side of the city, as indicated on the city plan with a red square.
According to the inscriptions found on the floor of the church, it dates to the 6th and 7th C AD.
An illustration of the church is shown below, based on the model that was on display at the site:
The Atrium, the open court before the church, is located on its west side and sizes 15 x 14m. It is paved and consists of four rows of columns. The columns, made of hard limestone, were based on the original Nabatean temples built by King Areta (Khartat) IV (9-40AD).
A large cistern is located under the floor of the courtyard.
A southern view of the court yard. It probably had a second floor.
The courtyard is surrounded by rooms on its three side. The next picture shows one of the rooms on the south side of the courtyard.
Entrance to the Church
On the eastern wall are the three entrances to the church, seen here behind the eastern row of columns.
The entrance from the atrium is seen also from the inner side of the church.
The church is a three-aisled pillared basilica with three apses. The apses are located on its eastern side (as all ancient churches). The central apse, where the main altar stands, is seen in the middle of the following picture.
The main altar is located on a low raised platform.
The following picture shows a closer view of the main altar, with a table in the center of the apse.
A view from the main altar towards the west:
Another view of the nave – the central approach to the main altar.
A number of tomb inscriptions (epitaphs) were found in the floor of the church. The marble slabs bear Greek inscriptions dating from 541 to 618AD. One of these tombs is seen on the south-eastern corner.
A closer view of the inscription on the south-eastern corner:
Another epitaph is located on the north-east corner, on the floor behind the fallen column.
A closer view of the inscription:
Yet another epitaph is seen in the next picture:
A limestone chancel screen stands on the path towards the northern apse.
Behind it is the northern apse.
In other rooms and locations, there are some notable stone objects, such as the water vessel below:
Another interesting carved limestone:
Outside of the church, embedded in the stone, seems like a footprint. What does it mean?
Another footprint is drawn on a rock painting:
(i) Lookout Platform
On the western edge of the acropolis is a lookout platform, which is situated on the ruins of a Nabatean temple. It affords remarkable views of the area west of the city. The location of this spot is indicated as a red square on the map.
A western view of the lookout platform is shown in the picture below. There are current (year 2011) restoration works on the site.
From the platform are great views of structures below, such as this structure on the south-west corner.
Another view of the south side is shown in the next picture.
Another base of a structure is seen on the northern hillside.
On the north side of the lookout platform is a large Byzantine baptistery, which was part of the adjacent Northern Church complex. Its location is indicated as a red square on the map.
In the larger pool, which is in the shape of a cross (see photo below), adults were immersed in the water during the process of conversion to Christianity. On its left side is a smaller pool for babies.
A closer view of the adult (right) and the babies (lower left) baptisteries is seen next.
Note that a similar cruciform baptismal design is found in the south and north churches in Shivta and the Eastern church ofMamshit.
In October 2009 two Bedouin youths smashed and toppled columns and caused severe damages to the site. A team of archaeologists and workers are working for months to repair the damages, and continue to restore and preserve the antiquities. The photo shows a repair to the wall of the Northern Church.
The next photograph shows repairs in the area of the southern church.
(l) Eastern Side
The eastern side of the city has a number of additional sights which can be reached by foot.
One of them is a reconstructed army camp, which is marked as as a red square (its location is actually farther to the east). Near it is a structure which was a Nabatean pottery workshop.
Additional structures are located around the city area, such as the structures seen in the photograph below.
An impressive army camp was excavated, located 300m north east of the city. The camp’s size is 100m square. It contains 8 long, multi-chambered structures. About 2,000 soldiers would have been stationed here, which is a large force – the size of one legion. The scholars debate if this was a Nabatean camp or a Roman camp. Near the camp are ruins of a large house, which may have served as the camp’s brothel.
The camp was in use until the middle of the 1st C AD, and abandoned following the decline of the Incense route, probably since the Nabateans could not afford any longer to finance the large number of soldiers.
Ancient camel pens are located on the eastern side of the city. A cluster of metal sculptures demonstrate a typical camel and donkey convoy coming from Petra. Note that a typical convoy was made up to a maximum of 25 camels.
(m) West side – Reconstructed Byzantine house, City of Caves
On the western hillside, just below the lookout platform, is an area termed “the city of caves”. The location of the area open to the public is illustrated as a red square in the city map on the right. It is accessed from a parking place, which can be reached halfway down back to the visitor center.
One of the dwellings in this area, with a large cave in its back portion, was excavated and reconstructed. Its southern side is shown in the following photograph.
The house is dated to the Byzantine period. The owner of the house may have been a wealthy wine merchant.
The entrance to the house leads into a courtyard surrounded by a number of rooms. One of them served as a toilet.
A view of the rooms in the house:
Inside the room, a reconstruction of the winery in operation. Wine production was one of the main sources of income in the Negev area. The desert climate, with extremely cool nights during winter with plenty of sunshine during spring and summer created an excellent quality dry wine which was in much demand during the Roman and Byzantine periods.
A large cave is located in the back of the house. The cave has two rooms, and was used for storage of wheat, dry fruit and as a winery.
The interior of one of the rooms:
The next picture shows a view of the other entrance to the cave, and additional structures around the house.
The city wall passes just below the house and extends to the north. The picture below shows the northern hillside where the city wall continued.
(n) Visitor center
To the west of the ruins of the city is the visitor center. The office sells entrance tickets, presents an audiovisual presentation and offers information. Several stones and vessels are on display. Nearby, 100m to the north, is a well preserved Byzantine period bathhouse.
An adjacent coffee show and petrol station is a convenient place to stop and refuel. We highly recommend to have a one or two hour stops at this site on the way to Eilat or back.
Etymology (behind the name):
Avdat, Ovdat – named after the Nabatean king Obodas. King Obodas I ruled from 90-87 BC, and defeated Alexander Jannaeus in a battle near Golan. This Nabatean victory gave the city its name. Later, Obodas III (ruled 30-9BC) developed the city and was buried there.
With high speed trains this entire area will open up to tourists.
Lentil Barley Soup
Based on a recipe by J. Raymond
Thick enough to be called a stew, this hearty soup is easy to prepare and cooks in a single pot. Add more water or stock if you wish to have a thinner soup.
* 1 cup black lentils, rinsed
* 2 stalks celery, sliced
* 1/2 cup hulled or pearled barley
* 1/2 tsp oregano
* 6 cups water or vegetable stock
* 1/2 tsp ground cumin
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1/4 tsp black pepper
* 2 garlic cloves, minced or crushed
* 1/8-1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
* 2 carrots, sliced
* 1/2 tsp salt (optional)
* 2-4 cups fresh spinach (optional)
Place all ingredients except salt into a large pot and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the lentils and barley are tender, about 1 hour. Add salt to taste and spinach, if desired. Cook briefly until spinach is wilted but still bright green.
Pearl barley is the variety most commonly sold in supermarkets. Natural food stores offer hulled barley, which is slightly less refined and cooks in about the same amount of time.
This soup can also be prepared in a crockpot. If you start with boiling water it will cook in 1 to 2 hours; with cold water, 5 to 6 hours
To cook in a pressure cooker, put all ingredients except salt and spinach into cooker and bring it to high pressure. Cook at high pressure for 12 minutes; then bring pressure down with a quick-release method. Lentils should be cooked, but barley may not be completely tender. Cook until barley reaches the desired state of tenderness, about 15 minutes, adding water if a thinner consistency is needed. Then add salt and spinach, if desired. Cook briefly until spinach is wilted but still bright green.
Nutrition info per serving: 78 calories, 4 g protein, 16 g carbohydrate, 0.2 g fat, 159 mg sodium
Some Yiddish Words For Chanukah
Phonetically English Hebrew
menoyre menorah מנורה
this week’s proverb
אַלעס פאַרלירט דער מענטש מיט די יאָרן; יוגענט, שיינהייט,געזונטהייט, ליבּע פאַר כּבוד; נאָר איין זאַך בּלײַבּט אים – זײַן נאַרישקייט
a’les farlirt der mentsh mit di yorn; yugent, sheynheit, gezunt’heyt, li’be far koved; nor eyn zakh blaybt em – zayn narishkeyt
the proverb actually means
a person loses everything as he grows older; youth, beauty, health, esteem or self respect; only one thing remains with him – his stupidity
translated to Hebrew
עם ההתבגרות הבן אדם מאבד את
הכל; הצעירות, היופי, הבריאות,רדיפה אחרי
הכבוד; רק דבר אחד תמיד יישאר איתו – הטיפשות
It’s almost Chanukah – The soufganiot recipe of the past (Post #40), has been revised. The dough now has addition of sour dough. I started with a yield of 1.25 K of dough and out of that made 30 balls of 40 grams each soufganiot for the freezer.
Always on the look-out for something “new”, my soufganiot with have red bean paste filling.
Adapted from Epicrious
Red Bean Paste Filling
YIELD Makes 1 1/2 cups
6 ounces small red beans hoong dul, about 1 cup
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar/brown rice syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
Wash the beans, cover the cold water, and soak overnight. Drain beans and discard water.
I allow the beans to sprout over two days and pull off the skins.
They take less time to cook when they have sprouted.
Place beans in a 1 1/2-quart saucepan, add 3 cups cold water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 1 hour, or until very soft. Monitor the pan to make sure water doesn’t dry up. Drain and discard the water.
Sufganiyot (Israeli Jelly Doughnuts) Made these in past years with the help of my grand-daughter, when she was here for a gap year.
Sufganiyot (Israeli Jelly Doughnuts).
I doubled the recipe for a crowd.
1 package dry yeast-.25 oz
3 tablespoons sugar/agave/rice syrup
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup lukewarm milk/almond milk
3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, spelt, oat (about)
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk (in addition to the whole egg) you may omit and use an equivalent volume of flax seed meal.
1 cup powdered sugar or added powdered cinnamon.I leave this out.
Filling: equal parts, carob, cocoa, almond, tahina, chocolate bits or pieces of 100% chocolate bar with added oatmilk/rice milk, chocolate liquor, vanilla combined in food processor.
The second part of the soufganiot stuffing can be either frozen mango drained or plum or apple compote (drained) or defrosted frozen cherries or blueberries. No powdered sugar. No stuffing tool needed.
I can’t give amounts because I make the filling fresh with the defrosted batch of soufaniot dough. Check out Post 40 for more details of making the frozen soufganiot dough.
Morrocan Carrot and Chickpea Salad
If you’re pinched for time, Diane suggests using pre-shredded carrots. I deployed my mandolin and made thin coins. I use some of the carrot tops as well, although there are mixed opinions about whether or not they’re edible (or edible for everyone) – you can read more here and here.
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1/3 cup / 80 ml extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
10 ounces carrots, shredded on a box grater or sliced whisper thin on a mandolin
2 cups cooked chickpeas (or one 15- ounce can, drained and rinsed)
2/3 cup / 100 g dried pluots, plums, or dates cut into chickpea-sized pieces
1/3 cup / 30 g fresh mint, torn
For serving: lots of toasted almond slices, dried or fresh rose petals – all optional (but great additions!)
To make the dressing, first toast the cumin seeds in a dry skillet until fragrant and lightly browned, a minute or two. Let cool, and grind to a powder with a mortar and pestle.
In a bowl or jar, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, ground cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the carrots, chickpeas, dried pluots, mint, and almonds, and rose petals (if you’re including those as well.) Gently toss until everything is evenly coated. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. (You can toss this salad, minus the almonds, hours in advance. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.)Pluots, apriums, apriplums, or plumcots, are some of the hybrids between different Prunus species that are also called interspecific plums. In the United States and Canada, these fruits are known by most regulatory agencies as interspecific plums. Wikipedia
Adapted from Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes by Diane Morgan.
Prep time: 15 min