Monday, December 22, 2014

Sixth Night of Chanukah, Oodles of Chanukiyot!

We were at my married daughter's home last night, the entire Israeli Medad clan, after lighting the Chanukiyot at home.

We arrived just as they were lighting their outside the front-door Chanukiyah, which was done very quickly because of the cold. Before I could whip out a camera they were already inside. And inside there was an enormous display of Chanukiyot, since making them is a very traditional Arts & Crafts project in Israel, and my daughter has been saving the grandkids' works of art.

Chag Urim Sameach
May you have an enlightened Chanukah!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Rosh Chodesh Tevet on Chanukah at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh


Women's Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh Rosh Chodesh Tevet
Monday December 22, 2014
30th of Kislev, 5775, 8:30am
Tour of Tel Shiloh
Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors
תפילת נשים ראש חודש טבת בשילה הקדומה, תל שילה
יום ב' 22-12 ל' כסלו תשע"ה 8:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

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Mark your calendar, and join us. For more information, please contact me at with "Rosh Chodesh at Tel Shiloh" as subject, thanks.

Please consider this a personal invitation.

Rosh Chodesh is considered by Chazal, our sages, as the "women's holiday," so it's the time to try to do something special. And there's a special connection between Shiloh and women in the Bible. It was in Shiloh where Chana prayed for a son, and the mode of her prayer, silent with lips moving, is the basis in halacha, Jewish Law today. G-d granted her request, and that son, Shmuel Hanavi, Samuel the Prophet was the Jewish Leader who ended the terrible anarchic time of the Judges by uniting the Jewish People and anointing the first two kings, Saul and David.

There will also be activities at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh, for the entire family this week, Sunday-Tuesday. For more information email or call 02-5789111/22.

You can visit the holy site anytime. Guided tours can be arranged through the Shiloh HaKeduma, Ancient Shiloh office. Email or phone 02-994-4019. 

Have a wonderful and blessed month. May the rain be a blessing for all, G-d willing.

חג אורים שמח
Chag Urim Sameach
Have an Enlightened Chanukah Holiday 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Chanukah 5775 Havel Havelim news...

You can find the latest Havel Havelim on my Shiloh Musings blog. Please read, comment and share the posts and the blog carnival thanks.

Enjoy your Chanukah!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Day Three of Chanukah - Football! And The Shuk/Shuq

I'm going to let the pictures tell my story. I had started posting this on my phone but something went wrong on the phone, and I couldn't post the pictures and text I had planned.

Last night I lit my Chanukiyah aka Chanuka Menorah at home, and then I went to Jerusalem.

Why did I travel to Jerusalem? It was to see the Jerusalem "Big Blue" Lions American Football team play Haifa.  We, yes, that's "Big Blue" won! Here are some photos from the game including the half-time score.

Then, after the game, instead of tremping aka hitchhiking home, I slept at a friend who lives near Kraft Stadium. In the morning I did some shopping. It was amazing how full the shuk/shuq/market was so early in the morning on a Friday.

And I even saw those "ballet skirts" blow up.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Urim Sameach!Have a Peaceful Shabbat and an Enlightened Chanukah!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Yes, It's Chanukah!

Since Chanukah is eight 8 days long, and we're only on day #2, no doubt I'll post more about it.

Just before Chanukah, I went to my granddaughter's party in gan, nursery school. That got me in the right mood for the holiday.

Not all the letters lit up properly. It should read:
חנוכה שמח
Chanukah Sameach
Happy Chanukah

It was at the party where I took the photo I used for this week's 52Frames, "Contrast."

I was in Jerusalem the first night of Chanukah, and my not very trusty Canon IXUS 145 froze after taking this shot:

It was at Kikar Tzion, Zion Square, downtown Jerusalem. People were gathered around listening to whom I think was one of the Sephardi Chief Rabbis, possibly of Jerusalem, according to his "gown" and head-covering. Since I was pretty angry at the camera and only a 2-3 minute walk from the store where I had bought it, I marched right over there to complain. He did what I do to my phone when it dies, which is what I would have done if I hadn't been near  the store. He opened up the battery case and took it out for a second. After reinserting, of course it worked.

Afterwards I walked to the Mamilla Mall, where Chanukah celebrations were going on.

It was mobbed with happy people, not only Jews were there. I saw lots of Arab families walking around. And that came to mind when I saw the choice of Chanukah videos in The Forward, 8 Best Hanukkah Videos of 2014. Here's the one from the TV show Glee:


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

After Winter Will Be Spring

I discovered this "draft" which just had these flowers. I guess I had starting writing a post and never finished. So, since we're enjoying the G-d given winter this year, it's nice to remember that we can only have flowers if it rains.

The top and bottom photo were taken outdoors, and the middle one was a gift.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Soldier's Mother's Havel Havelim

This week's edition of the longest running international Jewish blog carnival in the world, Havel Havelim is hosted by A Soldier's Mother.

She has included quite a few interested posts, so it's really worth your while to visit, read, comment and share.

Remember that you don't have to be a blogger to enjoy, read, share and comment Havel Havelim!

We organize the weekly editions on our facebook page. I'm hosting next week's Havel Havelim. Please send me relevant links from this week, whether from your blog or a blog you like. Deadline is before Shabbat your time. I'd appreciate a short blurb about the link, thanks.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Bus Protest at Benjamin Regional Council, Psagot

Ramalla as seen from Psagot
I hadn't been in Psagot for years. It's a yishuv northwest of Jerusalem which is more a suburb or neighborhood of Ramalla in terms of its actual location. It was established around the same time that we moved to Shiloh in the early 1980's. For whatever the reason, the "powers" decided to make Psagot our "capital," and the local administrative offices are there.

As I had written yesterday on Shiloh Musings, the ordinary citizen of Mateh Binyamin, the Benjamin Regional Council are steaming mad about the changes in our public transportation. For that reason, yesterday a few dozen of us from Shiloh, Eli, Shvut Rachel and Ma'ale Levona went off to protest at the offices of Avi Ro'eh, the "governor" of our region.

This was not a very well planned protest, but it was certainly an emotional one. As we wandered around the building shouting and holding up signs.

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חוזרים למרכזית Chozrim l'Merkazit, Return to Central Bus Station

Our main theme/demand was that we want our main Jerusalem stop to be returned to the Central Bus Station and not on the street of the outermost northern neighborhood Pisgat Zeev.

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Finally, our regional head Avi Ro'eh agreed to talk and listen to us, but under his conditions, outside "as not to disturb the workers." We said our bit, and he listened. Avi said that they are already trying to get our earliest and latest buses to be from "the area of the Central Bus Station." It would require recalculating the schedule. Those buses will also be outdoors, at the same location that Beit El is protesting about.

I'll keep you updated, G-d willing.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Best Five Shekel NS5 Meal in Jerusalem

As promised, here's the news about the best five shekel ns5, meal I've found in Jerusalem. There are some regular priced restaurants, kiyosks and food bars that offer a ns5 (or even ns4.90) coffee in Jerusalem's "city center. But what interests me is where you can get a filling sandwich for the reasonable price of five shekels.

A few times I've bought a five shekel sandwich that was smaller than the palm of my hand. That's fine for a diet or very tiny appetite. To get the satisfaction a regular ns15-20 shekel sandwich would give, you'd have to buy at least three, and you wouldn't get as much tuna (my preferred filling) or whatever filling as in the more expensive one. So, the truth is that in most of the discount places, you don't get much sandwich for your money. That's why I buy a carrot juice along with it, yes, freshly juiced raw carrots, which is the only juice I drink, though pretty rarely.

Last week, I was downtown on Rechov Yaffo, Jaffa Street and spotted an attractive food bar, coffee cake. They had a bowl of normal sized sandwich rolls, but the only number on the menu decorating the wall was "5."

I asked how much they cost and I was surprised, very pleasantly surprised to hear that the sandwiches were only ns5. So I got my usual tuna sandwich and carrot juice for the grand total of ns10.

As you can see from the photos, everything is attractive and clean. Inexpensive does not need to be dirty and dingy.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Kashrut Alert: Passover, Pesach

Today at the Shabbat table, which was terribly quiet, no guests, I took a good look at the bottle of sparkling wine I was drinking.  Imagine my surprise!

Contrary to what I had been told/taught that "all wine is produced as Kosher for Passover, this Italian Bosca Verdi sparkling wine isn't Kosher for Passover. The label even mentions it being Chametz,  so it may be that something in the flavoring is forbidden on Passover.

Right after Shabbat I photographed the label for this post.

I know that it's quite a few months until Passover, but still I think that it's a good idea to post it already.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Keeping Busy, Fun With Friends

The other days my friends and I got together. We're a facebook group and meet every few months. Yes, I know that facebook groups aren't known for meeting in person, but we meet. We've met in Jerusalem to eat, chat and bead. We've also gone to Netivot, Shiloh and Netanya. I haven't gotten to all the get-togethers, but I did go this week.

I noticed two friends knitting, and I thought it great.

We also ate, and we talked and we talked.

We met at the Cafe Cafe in Center 1, Jerusalem, because quite a few members of our group have come from afar, yes, much further than Shiloh. The service was good, much improved over previous visits. They let us use their special room, so we had privacy and didn't disturb the other diners.

The food was good, and the company even better.