Efrat and Gush Etzion–“the Southern Gates of Jerusalem”

Efrat and Gush Etzion–“the Southern Gates of Jerusalem”

frat, or Efrata, is on the road from Yerushalayim to Hevron. Named for the kever of Rachel Imeinu, as written in the Torah, Efrat is the largest yishuv in Gush Etzion. It sits in the mountains of Judea, surrounded by vineyards, natural springs and the gorgeous land of our Forefathers.

Tour the Biblical Cities of Israel

Tour the Biblical Cities of Israel

A friend gave us a very large map of the original tribal allotments according to what is written in Yehoshua, 13:8-19:49. I always enjoy looking at this map and taking in the full breadth of our inherited homeland before the outside nations invaded and began making up artificial borders and phony people

The Jordan Valley: What We Stand to Lose

The Jordan Valley: What We Stand to Lose

The Jordan Valley is very prominent in the news lately as details “leak” out from the evolving “peace plan.” For those living in or near the Jordan Valley, the very idea of some change in status is frightening. So where exactly is this Jordan Valley and what’s there?

Bat Ayin – Gush Etzion

Bat Ayin – Gush Etzion

If you want to enjoy the most beautiful sunset in Israel, head to Bat Ayin. And where is Bat Ayin? In Gush Etzion! You can get to Bat Ayin by…

Be’er Sheva, gateway to southern Israel

Be’er Sheva, gateway to southern Israel

Israel has four Holy cities: Yerushalayim, Tveria, Hevron and Safed. But, I have always wondered why Be’er Sheva is not included amongst them. After all, our forefathers spent a great deal of time digging wells, praying and living in Be’er Be’er ShevaSheva.

Visit the Mystical Holy City of Tzfat

Visit the Mystical Holy City of Tzfat

A winding drive up the northern mountains of the upper Galilee will bring you to the holy, mystical city of Safed, one of Israel’s four Holy cities and the highest city in Israel. Located 900 meters above sea level, the drive alone is sure to bring you to heightened spiritual levels as you gaze out upon the awesomely inspiring vistas of mountains, valleys, and horizon of open, undeveloped land where horses, cattle and other domestic and wild animals graze freely.

Top 5 Jewish Dating Sites

Top 5 Jewish Dating Sites

As a long-time bachelor, I’ve found that there are quite a few high-quality Jewish dating sites out there. It seems that each of these is tailored with a specific audience…

Come enjoy the autumn leaves of northern Israel

Come enjoy the autumn leaves of northern Israel

For us olim from the diaspora, who grew up with four, well-defined seasons, autumn here can seem a bit…well understated to say the least. I remember how everyone eagerly awaited the “fall leaves,” piling into our cars to drive along the narrow mountainside roads to see the amazing palette of colors that HaShem used each year to herald the arrival of autumn.

Shiloh, Home of the Mishkan

Shiloh, Home of the Mishkan

North of Beit El in the beautiful Shomrom, on the mountain peaks of Binyamin, amidst olive trees and vineyards is the most exquisite juxtaposition of the ancient and modern, sacred and mundane that you will find in Israel.

Beit Lechem Street Festival (Sept. 22nd, 2013)

Beit Lechem Street Festival (Sept. 22nd, 2013)

The annual Baka Street Fair took place 22 days ago on Derech Beit Lechem in the Baka (Geulim) neighborhood of Jerusalem. It allowed both well-known musicians and lesser known groups from around the country to show off their skills, for local shop owners to market their trinkets, and for the general public (me included) to have an awesome time.

An Interview with Translator and Author, Peter Wyetzner

An Interview with Translator and Author, Peter Wyetzner

Peter Wyetzner and I met when I moved to Jerusalem from Efrat having finished my studies at Yeshivat Ha’mivtar. That was in August of 2011. That’s when I saw a Janglo ad for a room on Derech Beit Lechem. Peter just happened to have been looking for a new roommate.

Charlott: The Oldest Gift Shop in Jerusalem

Charlott: The Oldest Gift Shop in Jerusalem

Displayed on the wall on the right are Moroccan brass Chanukah oil lamps, replicas of those made in the 18 th and 19th centuries; modern brass Chanukiot; and many different kinds of hamsas, the five-fingered amulet used decoratively and in jewelry, said to ward off “the evil eye.”

Pre-Tisha B’Av Ruminations

Pre-Tisha B’Av Ruminations

Yesterday, Erev Tisha B’Av, I found myself thinking that there are few things I more nervously anticipate than the day before a fast, It of course has to do with…

Emanuel: The Most Recognized Symbol in Judaica Giftware

Emanuel: The Most Recognized Symbol in Judaica Giftware

Go into any gift shop in Jerusalem, and the pomegranate design is there on hamsas, jewelry boxes, salt and pepper shakers, matchbox covers, key chains, evening bags, wall hangings, varied embroidered items, and a myriad of religious items. They are the distinguishable mark of the Israeli artist, Yair Emanuel.

The Light Rail Revolution

The Light Rail Revolution

In case you haven’t heard, there is a new campaign in effect on the Jerusalem Light Rail. “First Out, Then In” (“Kodem Yotzim, Achar Kach Nichnasim”)

Israel’s Fine Wine Festivals

Israel’s Fine Wine Festivals

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending the annual wine and jazz festival in the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens. The setting on the water was lovely, the summer air was sultry, and the jazz quintet playing was music to my ears.

Shabbat in Hevron

Shabbat in Hevron

If you have never spent Shabbat in Hevron, you have missed out on an incredibly intense experience of tefilah, history and devekut with the roots of our Nation.