Friday, November 1, 2019

Israel's brown desert


Brown goats, brownish sheep, a brown shepherdess, and the brown Negev desert. 

Yep, BROWN is today's November 1 theme for City Daily Photo group. 
See what fellow bloggers found for the subject here

Sunday, June 9, 2019

I Dieci Comandamenti


Happy Shavuot today! 
It's the Jewish festival celebrating the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai (and also the grain harvest). 
Just before my recent trip to Italy I bought this little Holy Land olive wood Tablets of the Covenant, in a Jerusalem church. 
The Ten Commandments -- in Italian!

Chag sameach, happy holiday! 

And to the Christian friends, happy Pentecost! 
Same day.
More posts about the Ten Commandments are here:

More about Shavuot:

Saturday, June 1, 2019

A pink house


A pink house in Calabria, south Italy.
Taken quickly from our moving bus.
Yes, bella Italia!   I am in a writing seminar on Memory and Heritage given by the University of Calabria's Italian Diaspora Studies.
My first time in this country and loving it!

PINK is the theme for June 1 for City Daily Photo group.  See what other bloggers have come up with at the website.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Anne Frank's memorial in the forest


In the final hour of daylight my town's touring group just made it to Ya'ar HaKedoshim, the Holocaust Martyrs Forest.

On the path leading to the new (2011) memorial to Anne Frank were signposts quoting her famous diary.

"The memorial is a sculpture created by designer Piet Cohen, and is the form of a room made of rusted steel. In the corner of the structure sits an uncomfortably high stool, from where the viewer can see an engraved image of the famed chestnut tree which Anne Frank wrote about so lovingly in her diary. The viewing experience is meant to recreate the feeling of imprisonment, isolation and discomfort while looking longingly through a window at the world outside." *

If you are ever in the Jerusalem Hills, look for this sign and follow it into the forest.
It is a moving experience.

* For  very interesting details about the Anne Frank Memorial Park and about the Martyrs Forest with  its six million trees, please see the Jewish National Fund/Keren Kayemet page
especially now, just a day after Yom Hashoah.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Stopping to smell the flowers


On our monthly outing last week part of the group got out of the bus and walked into a meadow to marvel at the glorious blooming wildflowers and to hear guide Dudu explain. 
Everything was so green and wet from the blessedly rainy winter Israel is finally having!
This was at Ramot Menashe, the plateau between the Carmel mountain range and the Jezreel Valley, toward the country's north.

GREEN is the topic for City Daily Photo bloggers theme day. Take a look.
Bloggers in other countries may take green fields for granted, but Israelis get really excited to see this temporary color in winter, before the long hot dry season turns things brown.