Saturday, July 2, 2011

For the 4th of July

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Jerry the Dragon's spiky back and tail cast nice long shadows for Shadow Shot Sunday.
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The dragon lives in Liberty Bell Park.

(I'm hoping he will qualify as an animal for Camera-Critters meme, too.)

I was there two weeks ago for the big Hebrew Book Week fair.
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This innovative activity park intersperses stone paths, greenery, and an open-air community center offering cultural and recreational events.

Jerusalem created Liberty Bell Garden in 1976 in honor of America's Bicentennial.
The replica of Philadelphia's Liberty Bell was a gift to Israel from the City of Philadelphia and is mounted in the center of the park.
But without the crack.
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The inscription chosen for the original bell is from the Bible, Leviticus 25:10--

"PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGHOUT THE LAND, TO ALL THE INHABITANTS THEREOF."
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Happy Independence Day to the United States and to Americans everywhere!


18 comments:

  1. I never knew the origins of that quote. Interesting. I love these exhibits that link countries in a positive way!

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  2. Great post and pic's for the 4th of July holiday! I like the dragon. Happy 4th of July!

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  3. Hah! LOVE your critter :)

    Tink *~*~*

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  4. Jerry doesn't look so fierce that I wouldn't venture to pet him!

    (Thanks for your early visit.)



    SHADOW, BE TRUE

    My shadow has come out to play.
    Oh, shadow, please don’t run away!
    Stay here by my side,
    Pretend you’re my bride—
    Be true to me now and alway!


    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Shadows here and here

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  5. Very cool ShadowShots. The dragon is fun! Also liked finding out that the city of brotherly love sent a liberty bell to Israel. A wonderful gift. Happy SSS.

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  6. Great critter, and nice to know the original of the Liberty Bell quote. Just seems like yesterday I was in Philadelphia in 1976, but I guess it was a while ago now!
    Thanks, Dina.

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  7. I love Jerry - and if only we could all have liberty!!

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  8. Is that a sculpture, Dina? (The dragon spike). It looks nice and the children playing on it makes even a nicer touch.

    I've been to the Independence Hall in Philly and saw the original bell with the crack on it. It made me think if liberty always has a crack in it (figuratively speaking). But this replica is perfect without a crack.

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  9. Happy 4th to you, Dina! What a great place to enjoy!

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  10. A Philly connection!


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  11. What a cute dragon! i would welcome more pictures of it.

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  12. Looks like the kids enjoyed the dragon being in the park! =D

    Living So Abundantly: New meme this coming Thursday, July 7, 2011, Give Back Thursday--come join the fun!

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  13. looks like a wonderful park and area around it
    love the dragon :)

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  14. Interesting post. We are gearing up for the 4th but will not do much except visit with family.

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  15. Thank you Dina. Liberty Bell Park...ahhh.

    Suzanne from Wooster Square.

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  16. I love the idea that the City of Philadelphia gave a replica of Philadelphia's Liberty Bell to Israel and I love the location in a park. But do Israelis understand the symbolism of a bell? I don't think I do.

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  17. At the beach/park near my school, we too have a dragon. It is not as spiky as yours.

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  18. The dragon is super cool! What a great idea.

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