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) 

Stained Glass Majesty

There is something about stained glass which is so beautiful and amazing. 


It’s not only artistic and colorful, but also it’s a magical combination of opaqueness and translucence.


It provides cover and privacy from the outside world, yet it plays with the light that comes in through it to give a wonderful effect to any room.


If I could, I would make every room in every building with stained glass. 


I would bask in the light and the color. 


It would feel warm and holy–the light of G-d on me. 


It’s as if G-d and His holy host are streaming in from the Heavens, and surrounding me all about. 


I feel lifted up in space and time stops, all is safe and wonderful in the world. 


Beautiful and holy spiritual energy celebrating, dancing, and singing all around me. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Outskirts City Life

Outskirts City LifeLiked this piece of art, which I am calling Outskirts City Life. 


In the background, under cloudy skies, the tall city buildings–sort of wobbly with all the people and goings-on, which in a way we want to leave behind for some peace and quiet. 


In the foreground is a bridge and park with some sun and trees and people talking, sitting and laying in the grass and a lonesome car driving by.


The colors are vibrant, the shapes are almost like three-dimensional cut-outs making a sort of fairy tale feeling to the whole landscape. 


The picture is overall one where we balance hectic life in the city with the restfulness and tranquility of surrounding nature. 


It’s a life where harmony is made by conscious choice and actions to promote a healthy body and mind amidst what we seek to do and accomplish and all that which we are asked to bear for it. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

3-D Printing Comes To Life

3D Printing
So my daughter is graduating high school, but is already taking a class in 3-D printing. 



(This little guy pictured here was made experimenting in the class and was a precious gift from her.)



Already prophetically envisioned in Star Trek as “the replicator,” this technology has been around in primitive trial form since the 1980’s.



In 3-D printing, alloyed material is successively layered under computer control to make complex shapes and products.



It makes traditional 2-D printing (on paper) look like rubbing two sticks together to build a fire (circa the paleolithic period of mankind thousands of years ago). 



The promise of 3-D printing for advanced manufacturing is absolutely incredible.



The Wall Street Journal describes how NASA researchers and engineers are working toward using 3-D printers in space to “make bricks suitable for airtight buildings and radiation proof shelters” simply using the sand already on Mars. 



Moreover, the astronauts on their journey may be eating pizza from these printers as well (except for the sand, but still probably better than MREs–Haha).



Already objects have been printed “19 feet long…stone-like building blocks weighing one-and-a-half ton each”!



In the future, 3-D printers could be sent in advance to planets we look to colonize and “lay down landing pads, roads, and shelters” in preparation of our arrival.



These printers could even build working replicas of themsleves or “swarms of self-assembling construction robots” boosting our capacity for even more building.



Moreover, technology is in the works to recycle from 3-D printing by melting down the printed products back into material that could be reused for new printing projects.



On Earth, where we have long been drawing down our natural resources as well as polluting our environment, the prospect of going to other worlds where their are new resources and we actually have the ability to use them constructively is humanity’s chance for a whole new chapter of life beyond. 😉



(Source Photo: Rebecca Blumenthal)