Party Balloons!

Now those are some party balloons!


Really, they are part of an exhibit from the Hirshhorn Museum.


But boy do they make a statement.


Big, pink, and with polka dots.


They are the king of the party. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

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 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)

Israel 2020: Day 1

So great today to be back in the Holy Land of Israel. 


Every time we come, we can literally see how the country has matured and built up even more since just the short time before. 


Of course, we arrived with a little jet lag but still managed to take a nice walk around the bustling streets of Tel Aviv. 


The restaurants, cafes, shops, theaters, and culture here is awesome. 


I guess the toughest thing is deciding what we want to do each day, but that is all part of the adventure. 


See you tomorrow! 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Visit Back Home

On the way to a family wedding in Monsey.

We stopped back home in Riverdale, NY after 20 years.

Wow, old building still here. 

And the KeyFood supermarket too. 

Had a nice lunch at Kai Fan kosher Chinese food (the Sesame Chicken was great!). 

Went up to my parents old apartment and saw the outlines of where the mezuzah had once stood. 

I wanted to hear their voices through the door and go in to see them again.

It was very emotional, but I felt like their presence was there with us. 

Enjoyed seeing how some (very few) things have changed and all that has otherwise stayed the same 

With seeing my wife’s family, some after many years, it was like I had never not seen them. 

I imagined that this is what dying must be like when you go to the afterlife and there is no time and you see everybody and it’s just like they have always been there. 

That was an amazing realization and feeling for me. 😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)