Israel is at War. Again.

This time around is different: We're fighting inside as well as outside.

And frankly the infighting between Jews and Israeli-Arabs is much, much worse than any rocket Hamas can fire at us. 

I almost miss Covid.

Here's Iron Dome action over Tel Aviv:

World Media is Twisting the Story. Again

To the NBC Morning News Person:

When you said "deadly rocket attack", for a moment there I thought you would report the deadly attack on Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and densely populated central Israel. 

I guess a fair and even report was too much to expect.

Let me make it clear to you: Israel was attacked, and we are defending ourselves. 

If your city was attacked by a terrorist organization, if they were your fields set on fire, you would do the same.

World media hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me.

Also, don't let this real-estate problem in Jerusalem confuse you. This is a religious war. This is what the radical Muslims call Jihad, and they will do it to you too if you don't stop them.


And now, back to living:

HaBonim Beach: A Perfect Re-Start for Plein Air Painting Trips

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. 

HaBonim was on our wish list for a long time - and it's amazing:

HaBonim Beach, Israel

Yom HaShoa - Holocaust Memorial Day

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.

You can watch the national ceremony here:


Peace in The Middle East!

After years and years of courting in secret, Israel and the United Arab Emirates are now officially out <3

Peace, flags of Israel and the UAE

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

Peace update!!!

Bahrain has joined the Abraham Accords.

Welcome!

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".


Ever wondered just WHERE Israel is?

Here's a map drill-down infographic, followed by a bunch of Q&A that I hope will put some things in order:

What region is Israel in? Infographic preview

Stuck at home quarantine because of the Coronavirus?

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!

Adult coloring page preview

Tel Aviv Urban Sketchers go on a Field Trip

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 >>

Urban Sketchers on a field trip

Living in Israel

Stories that illustrate what life in Israel is really like - for example, the Cafe-Kiosk where the wifi is free and everyone you meet has an idea for the next great startup :-)


Now let's eat:

Israel food market

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 :-)

Try the recipes for the classic Hummus recipe, and how to make Labane cheese:


Israel Weather and Climate

Israel weather

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:


Graffiti

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":


A quick note about phonetic spelling:

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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