Also, The Covid Delta Variant is messing with our illusion that the pandemic here is over.
It's been a long and unusually cold winter, not to mention that other reason we didn't get out of the house for a year!
Now the parks have reopened and the weather is just perfect, my painting buddy and I set out to find locations for new plein air painting trips.
This is the week between Memorial days and Independence Day. I wrote this on the Day itself:
This evening we remember the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust.
I went to the local ceremony in the village where I live. It was modest, and it was moving.
Personally, I always think of the great clan my family once was, and how few of us had survived. I always envied my Moroccan friends in Beer Sheva who had 20 aunts and uncles and a hundred cousins.
I stand here today, in my own country, The Jewish State of Israel, and I promise to always remember.
After years and years of courting in secret, Israel and the United Arab Emirates are now officially out <3
Amid the pandemic and all kinds of bad news, this peace accord is like a fresh breeze on a hot summer day.
To our friends in the Emirates, let me welcome you:
سلام! Salām! !שלום
Bahrain has joined the Abraham Accords.
Peace update #2
Sudan is our friend now, too! Isn't this amazing?
Peace update #3
Morocco is back! Ahlan, friends! We missed you.
I grew up in Beer Sheva, which has a large Moroccan community. My caretaker was a Moroccan woman, and I loved her, I loved the food she made, the joy of her house, and the great warmth of her culture, which for me is cemented into "Being Israeli".
Here's a map drill-down infographic, followed by a bunch of Q&A that I hope will put some things in order:
Here are some special and interesting coloring pages for adults and teens, to help you pass the time!
* there's a new glider coloring page - scroll and see!
In the dead of winter, we set out to draw in Kiryat Tivon. It was so nice to meet face to face with people I've only known thru facebook! I've also discovered a great artist - come and see >>
We love to eat.
Israeli food is the delicious culmination of jewish eating traditions from kitchens all over the world ("you look pale, eat something"), meeting the fresh mediterranean diet.
Falafel and Humus, juice stands, sushi bars, steak houses, vegan menus and everything in between - we've got it all.
Sit in one of the fashionable sidewalk cafes in Tel Aviv, order a big salad and ice coffee, and you'll never want to leave :-)
The weather in Israel is both a challenge and an opportunity.
For example, practically every house in has a solar water heater, and we solved the worst of our drinking water shortage with desalination technology.
Still, the heat is part of our daily life, so we need to find ways to live with it.
Find out how we save water,
And when you go shopping in Dizengof Center, make sure to visit the Hydroponic farm on the roof!
Whatever you do, please don't miss the warning about the Israeli SUN:
The writing's on the wall, especially here.
What I find so unusual about Israeli graffiti, is how much of it its text, or text based. Walking the streets of Tel Aviv is like reading a coded newspaper. Here's this wall for example, depicting the events of "the Tents Protest":
There are lots of names and words on this site that are phonetic transcripts from Hebrew. The way to read them, and pronounce them, are according to the basic vowel sounds:
A – say "ah"
E – "eh"
I – "ee"
O – "oh"
U – "oo"
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