Israel 2020: Day 8

So awesome going to the Bahai Gardens today in Haifa, Israel. 


Took the train to Haifa and then a taxi ride up this big hill. 


Got out at the top and not sure what to expect. 


We go through security…


And then we see this completely BREATHTAKING view of the Bahai Gardens along with an amazing view of Haifa, the port, and up and down the Mediterranean Sea. 


The view Extended all the way up to the Crusader Castle in Akko. 


The terraced Bahai Gardens were spectacular.  


I’ve never seen anything like this. 


We walked down the terraces some 700 stairs. 


And along the way were fountains, gardens, and more beautiful landscapes and views. 


This is definitely something to see (thank you Hashem for this opportunity). 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Israel 2020: Day 7

Today, we went to the Kotel (Holy Western Wall) in Jerusalem. 


We went on a special tour of the Kotel Tunnels.


Got to see the foundation stones under the Temple Mount where legend has it that G-d created the world from and where Abraham went to sacrifice Isaac.


This is also the place where the first and second Jewish temples stood.


We literally got to see so much of the ancient underground building stones, pillars, arches, bridges, waterways, and even learned how they think that these mega limestones (weighing over 520 metric tonnes) were moved into place so many thousands of years ago with pulleys, gears, and levers. 


It was a fascinating and fun tour. 


Thank you to my son-in-law and daughter for getting us tickets to this. 


Lovely time by all. 😉


(Credit Video: Andy Blumenthal, and sorry about turning it sideways once it gets to the underground waterway) 

Israel 2020: Day 6

Did a nice beach walk from Tel Aviv to Jaffa. 


It was sunny and warm out. 


Lots of people exercising, running, and enjoying the outdoors. 


The blue Mediterranean Sea, the white sand, and breeze in the air was lovely. 


Even a funny statue of former Prime Minister Ben-Gurion doing a headstand as he used to do in his fitness routine. 


Shabbat is a good time to stop and take that much needed walk on the beach. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Israel 2020: Day 5

Went to the Holon Design Museum (south of Tel Aviv) today. 


They had exhibit called States of Extreme.


I found some really cool exhibits and ideas there.


Sort of felt my mind being expanded by it, which is I suppose one of the purposes of going to this. 


Two of my favorite from today:


1) The chair with people legs and 


2) The Fanuc robotic arm feeding the baby in the crib.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I did. 


And Shabbat Shalom to everyone from the Holy Land!


(Credit Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

Israel 2020: Day 4

Wow what an amazing day in Jerusalem!


We went to the Israel Museum (the best museum that I have ever been at), the Shrine of the Book with the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the best part was a tour of the Israeli Knesset. 


One of the interesting facts that I learned was that the 120 seats in the Knesset is in the shape of the menorah, and I loved seeing Herzl’s picture facing the speaker (front left).


Also, got to see the Israel Declaration of Independence with all the amazing signatories as well as the most beautiful Chagall paintings!


Inside the Knesset, all I could say to my wife is what a tremendous zechus (merit) it is to be able to be here today in this great hall where the modern laws of the State of Israel are made just as they were thousands of years ago by the Great Assembly of the Israelites.  


We are living in the most amazing of historical and religious times. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Israel 2020: Day 3

Went to the Holy city of the Kabbalists today, Sefad.


Saw the beautiful 15th century Abuhav Synagogue, the Candle Factory, the artist colony, and the of course, the holy graves of the Tzadikim to pray.


It was a marvelously spiritually uplifting experience (as well as being up high in the mountains) and is an overall beautiful and unique city of ancient winding alleys and treasures at every turn. 


So grateful to have had this opportunity to visit there, thank you Hashem!  😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Israel 2020: Day 2

So went to Nahariya today near the Labanon border.


Nice shopping strip and gorgeous beach. 


Had a nice cappuccino at Cofix.


Got a new modern Kiddish cup for Shabbat and a washing cup for Netilat Yadayim.


Enjoyed the train ride up and back on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea shore.


Had dinner at Azrieli Mall in Tel Aviv and marvelled at all the shopping and crowds on a Tuesday.

Real contrast between more sleepy resort town, Nahariya and high-tech, bustling city Tel Aviv.  😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)