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.
And now, for the moment y’all were so eagerly anticipating…this week’s Havel Haveilim posts (none of which consequently, covered Macabbi–or the wonderful world of b-ball):
Between Israel and Lebanon, at the northernmost point of our country, sits Metulla, a moshav of immense historic and political importance. A Little History Metulla, which is located at the…
Public notice: Haveil Havelim is the veteran weekly Jewish blog carnival. It floats from blog to blog coordinated on our facebook page. You can submit your articles via blog carnival….
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
“Go North” is a very popular program of Nefesh b’Nefesh, the Aliyah agency bringing olim from North America and the UK to Eretz Yisrael. This is for good reason—northern Israel…
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?
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
Earlier this year, the Hebrew University hosted “Music and Brains: The Surprising Link – An Interface between Music, Cognition and Neuroscience” at the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain…
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.
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.
Why should American Jews bother to be Jewish? According to a new Pew Research Center survey of the American Jewish community, more and more American Jews have reached the conclusion that there is no reason to be Jewish.
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.”
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…
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.
I love writing about politics and culture, but for real knowledge about life in Israel, nothing beats recommendations for everyday. So allow me to share my favorite go-to places in Jerusalem with you.
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”)
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.
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.
Cafes are very popular in Israel, practically on every corner, because Israel has a definite coffee culture.