Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tzomet Institute Approves Hot Water On Shabbat In 2 Resorts and 22 top picnic spots in Israel and my visit to 10,000 foot Mount Hermon

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Tzomet Institute Approves Hot Water On Shabbat In 2 Resorts

For first time, Tzomet Institute grants technological approval to Shabbat hot water system for two guest houses in Israel.

Mordechai Sones,

At the Ramot Shapira Guest House and in the Keshet Guest House in the Golan Heights, hot water can now be used on Shabbat according to Jewish law.

Tzomet Institute engineers examined the heating system and found that the electric boilers are shut down during Shabbat and holidays by an astronomical timer programmed for decades ahead. The system works with heat exchangers that separate the heated water from the incoming water.

The incoming water is heated only by the walls and pipes of the boiler, and not directly from the fire. Therefore the water entering the system has only the status of a "second vessel" that many halakhic authorities allow to be reheated on Shabbat.

Tzomet Institute head Rabbi Menachem Perl says at hotels many people accidentally open the hot water tap on Shabbat, possibly igniting a new spark and thereby desecrating the Sabbath.

"We're pleased that after checking two guest houses that approached us, we found that according to Jewish law there is no problem opening the hot water faucets. This is good news for vacationers. As a general rule, it's appropriate that the vacationing public be aware of the meaning of spending Shabbat at a holiday resort before going so as not to get into unpleasant situations," the rabbi said.

Israel Greenlights First AI Traffic Light

CTech – Israel has approved the installation of its first artificial intelligence-based traffic light. Israeli startup Intelligent Traffic Control (ITC), in collaboration with Netivei Israel, formerly the National Roads Company of Israel, are set to install the AI traffic light in the coming weeks. The chosen location: a busy intersection near Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport.

Standard smart traffic lights, currently installed in dozens of intersections throughout Israel, use road sensors to detect vehicle presence and change the light accordingly. ITC's system, in comparison, relies on a network of cameras installed along the road leading to the intersection. The cameras transmit data to ITC's control center where information such as vehicle type and speed is analyzed. Using these parameters, obtained from hundreds of vehicles per minute, the ITC control center calculates the expected load level at the junction and schedules the traffic activity accordingly. The process is completely automated.

My visit to 10,000 foot Mount Hermon

You have to drive almost an hour from Quirat Shemona up winding roads through Druse villages, before you get to the magnificent Mount Hermon.

It is worth it for the beauty.

First stop on my 2nd day -16 day break from my usual study -walking the land in Eretz Yisroel.

On a Beautiful Av 19 (August 18, 2019), The Piz Gat Zev gang (this time just Rabbi and his wife and me) make my first forage to the beautiful 10,000 foot Mount Hermon. It is as beautiful as any ski resort in the world but, this is our Mountain--the Jewish way

 

 

Israel's 22 Most Magical Picnic Spots

Summer is the ideal time to take a break from our busy, urban lives and enjoy an excursion into nature with a picnic in a pastoral spot. Here are 22 ultimate Israeli picnic locations

By Ofer Hirsh,

Picnic in the North – Flowing Streams, Lovely Flowers and Enchanting Views

Biriya Forest

East of Safed, in the directiQon of Rosh Pina and Hatzor Haglilit, you will find Biriya Forest – a large and impressive forest with very pleasant light (sometimes even more than a little cool), colorful wildflowers, groves and forest trees.

Biriya Forest. Gil Eliahu

Hula Nature Reserve

Birdwatching enthusiasts surely know the Hula Nature Reserve, known as one of the best birdwatching sites in the world. You can set up exciting look-outs for birds in a number of designated stations and go on guided treks along with activities for the whole family.

The Hula Nature Reserve in 2016. Gil Eliahu

Switzerland Forest

A steep forest where KKL-JNF built a number of scenic overlooks and viewing paths. From each lookout point you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Sea of Galilee, the mountains, and the Golan Heights. In addition to these, there is playground equipment for children.

Switzerland Forest. Gil Eliahu

Rosh Hanikra

Magical and unique beaches surrounded by enormous boulders, small tidal pools, golden beaches and an impressive promenade courtesy of KKL-JNF.

Rosh Hanikra. Ritvo Photography

Ramat Menashe and Nahal Hashofet Park

A short walking path through bushes along the riverbed will bring you to a cave with a unique shape carved into the rock. There are access paths for those with disabilities that lead to picnic tables and areas with wildflowers.

Ramat Menashe and Nahal Hashofet Park. Itzik Ben Malki

Elyakim Forest

A perfect place for a family or couples outing in the forests of the north, in which you can find a variety of picnic spots, wonderful hiking paths and playground equipment for children.

Picnic Along the Coastal Plain – Fragrant Orchards and a Selection of Agricultural Fields

Nahal Hadera Park

What some remember as a polluted stream near smokestacks has in the last few years turned into a pleasant area for hikers, romantic couples and seekers of quiet. This is a special site for a picnic or just to relax. You can look out upon the towering smokestacks, a lovely spring, and the breathtaking landscape of an orange sunset.

Nahal Hadera. Moshe Gilad

Sculpture Trail (Tzora)

Located in the President's Forest between Shimshon and Nahshon Junctions, the 10 km. Sculpture Trail got its name from the 37 special sculptures along the route. The site also features a bike path, a road and, of course, a picnic area. Along the path you can see a number of special picnic sites and views of nearby communities.

Maginim (Defenders') Forest

A large and beautiful forest in the Judean Foothills with paved roads, picnic tables, walking paths, a special horseback route and a monument to fallen IDF soldiers.

Maginim (Defenders') Forest. Moshe Gilad

Nahshonim Forest

Nahshonim Forest near Rosh HaAyin boasts a particularly large natural grove in which you can find innumerable cute spots for a romantic, family or group picnic. Between the forest paths you can see the valley, and it's recommended to hike, to see the wildflowers and listen to the chirping birds.

Canada Park

This large park is situated north of Highway 1 (Tel Aviv-Jerusalem) between the Latrun Interchange and Sha'ar HaGai. A natural grove of fruit trees surrounds the park, giving hikers a special feeling. Visitors will enjoy the aqueduct, a small lake and a number of historical sites.

Canada Park. Chaim Taragan

Hamalachim-Shahariya (Angels') Forest

This is an expansive park east of Kiryat Gat with a circular car route and amazing views, filled with natural groves. You can have a romantic or family picnic here and enjoy the playground equipment and the picnic tables scattered throughout.

Hamalachim-Shahariya (Angels') Forest. Ilan Assayag

Picnic in The Jerusalem Hills

Yad Kennedy (Aminadav Forest)

A special picnic location with breathtaking views, which includes the riverbeds of Nahal Soreq and Nahal Refaim, together with the Jerusalem Hills. There are springs, agricultural terraces, fruit trees, olive presses and more. KKL-JNF has set up parking lots along the way, playground equipment, bike paths, and even an accessible path for the disabled.

Yad Kennedy (Aminadav Forest). Emil Salman

Sataf and Mount Eitan

The Sataf site is one of the most well-known to Jerusalem area residents. This is a wonderful and well-maintained location (by KKL-JNF) in which you can find natural reservoir pools, fruit trees, gardens and terraces, which served residents as living quarters here in the past. The view from Sataf is of the Ein Karem area and West Jerusalem. At night, you can enjoy the view despite the dark with the help of the flickering road lights.

Sataf. Emil Salman

Masrek Nature Reserve

The Masrek Nature Reserve is known for its arresting tall fir trees that, when seen from afar, are in the shape of a comb (masrek in Hebrew). Along the reserve's paths you can find dozens of perfect picnic spots, surrounded by trees, flowers or large boulders. At the edges of the park are amazing scenic overlooks, from which you can see all the way to the coast, including the beaches and boats. Inside the reserve is the grave of a sheikh. You can hold a large group picnic next to it. Come back in the winter, when the cyclamen and anemones are in bloom.

Mount Karmila

A small, special grove next to the farming village of Beit Meir looks out upon the Judean Hills and toward the coastal plain. You can find spots to picnic in the forest clearing or among the trees. Accessible by off-road vehicles or a short walk on foot. Note that along the access paths you should park at the sides as there is no organized parking area.

Picnic in the South – Enchanting Desert Terrain

Ofakim Forest

An expansive park, beautifully tended with shaded places to sit throughout, playground equipment for children, a skating area, lookout points, a beautiful cave and paved routes. Very suitable for a family picnic outing or an entire day.

Lake Yerucham

A large, lovely park with a lake, places to sit between the trees, lawns, an amphitheater, and paved roads.

Lake Yerucham. Eliyahu Hershkovitz

Golda Meir Park

A large and very well-kept park on the banks of the Revivim River in the Negev hills, this oasis offers a desert spring, a lake, lawns and picnic tables among large trees and a beautiful lookout point from which you can see the whole area.

Yatir Forest

The largest forest in Israel, Yatir features a range of trees such as the Jerusalem fir, cypresses, acacias, tamarisks, eucalyptuses, Judas trees, terebinths and more. Several access roads are suitable for cars and there are parking lots, picnic tables and walking paths.

Yatir Forest. Eyal Toueg

Sapir Park

An amazing man–made park, Sapir is ideal for a perfect picnic with a large lake, quiet corners and wide lawns. It looks like a rich and colorful desert oasis in the middle of a barren area. Suitable for those traveling to Eilat or going north.

HaRo'a (Shepherd's) Park. אליהו הרשקוביץ

HaRo'a (Shepherd's) Park

A small park with playground equipment and tall shade trees, HaRo'a Park is suitable for a short stop on the way to Mitzpe Ramon, Eilat, or Sde Boker.

Full story with beautiful pictures at:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/travel/MAGAZINE-israel-s-most-magical-picnic-spots-1.7535954

Jerusalem: Soon, Passengers Will Be Able To Board Buses From Any Door

The Ministry of Transportation is amending regulations to permit passengers to board buses from all doors, not just the front door where the driver sits. It is explained that such a move, changing the regulations, requires approval in Knesset, so the matter is on the agenda, but is likely to be delayed.

The Ministry of Transportation and Egged bus company have begun installing smart card readers on buses to permit passengers to enter and swipe their card via any of a buses' doors in the capital, including the many doors on an articulated bus.


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Monday, August 19, 2019

Origins of the Palestinian Narrative created by the KGB and Yasser Arafat and Ice cream in Israel and today is my 1000th email from this server, and Water Park To Open At Liberty Bell Park For The Summer, and pictures from my trip yesterday to the Hula Valley

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Yehuda Lave, Spiritual Advisor and Counselor

Yehuda Lave is an author, journalist, psychologist, rabbi, spiritual teacher and coach, with degrees in business, psychology and Jewish Law. He works  with people from all walks of life and helps them in their search for greater happiness, meaning, business advice on saving money,  and spiritual engagement.

Today marks by 1000th email in this format from this server. I used to write newspaper columns and then when newspapers went out of business, I changed to the email format. When Google changed its business format, I could no longer send out multiple emails in the morning, I had to change to this server format, which some people call a blog. In any case, today marks my 1000th email from this server, because it counts how many I send out and who opens them. The big eye in the sky is watching us all, but the server also tells me if you open them!! Please keep opening and enjoying them and share with as many people as possible, because that is why I do it!!

 

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Commence With An Apology

If you have to speak to someone in a position of authority, and you are afraid you might irritate him/her, starting with an apology will frequently prevent their becoming angry. For example, you can say, "I realize this may get you angry, but I feel I need to say it." By telling someone you might make him angry, paradoxically this will frequently prevent his becoming angry.

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Origins of the Palestinian Narrative created by the KGB and Yassar Arafat

The year was 1958, world opinion was turning against Arab freedom fighters, one of their leaders, Yasser Arafat knew something somehow was needed to bring opinion to this side, so he and his comrade in arms, Abbas, went to the KGB to see what they do to help him, thus started off the creation of the Palestinian myth and the historical claims we are all so familiar with now. Thus started the Palestinian Narrative.

In 1964 the first handpicked leaders of the Palestinian Liberation Organization gathered to create a charter, they at the time demanded that all land control by Israel at the time was theirs, in article 24 of that charter they did say they had no claim on Judea and Samaria, which Jordan by now had renamed the West Bank, nor did they have any historical claim on Gaza.

Finish reading the rest of the story on the website below:

https://israelbehindthenews.com/origins-of-the-palestinian-narrative/18799/?utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ibn-today

You Thought Italian Ice Cream Was The Best? Think Again

Whether you eat it in a cone or cup, Israeli ice cream is rapidly gaining a reputation as some of the best in the world.

In honor of National Ice Cream Day (July 21) come and join us on a quick journey with Yuval Haklai to see how Israelis are using their extraordinary approach to food to conjure up new tastes in ice cream.

Bamba ice cream, ice cream infused with mozzarella and basil, watermelon and Bulgarian cheese, orange, olive oil and salt, and even ice cream for dogs … Israelis aren't afraid to try anything new.

And of course, there are all the regular flavors, too.

Click on the video and be prepared to drool.

Executive Producer – Jonathan Baruch
Producer/Director – Haim Silberstein
Presenter – Yuval Haklai
DP – Eyal Sela
Editing – Shahar Beeri
Color Grading – Ari Amit
Sound – Oren Sharon

 

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GAN HASHLOSHA National Park - SAHNE - ISRAEL

If you're in the north of Israel and in need of some cooling pools and true chillout time, head to the Gan HaShlosha National Park, believed by many to be the biblical Garden of Eden!

It's a little off-the-beaten-track for many tourists, but well worth the drive if you can squeeze it into your itinerary! Just come early to avoid the hordes of locals and the hassle of finding somewhere shady and relatively secluded…

Gan HaShlosha (Gan Sachne): a warm-watered pool of paradise!

If you're in the north of Israel and in need of some cooling pools and true chillout time, head to the Gan HaShlosha National Park, believed by many to be the biblical Garden of Eden!

It's a little off-the-beaten-track for many tourists, but well worth the drive if you can squeeze it into your itinerary! Just come early to avoid the hordes of locals and the hassle of finding somewhere shady and relatively secluded…

 

If you're in Gan HaShlosha, don't miss out on
these other great attractions in the north!

Visiting Gan Sachne (Gan HaShlosha)

OK, so if you've checked out most of the top things to see and do in Israel and you're here during the long summer months, we can highly recommend a visit to Gan HaShlosha (also known as the Sachne). It might just be the ultimate chillout time for you (and your family), especially if you time it right and don't choose a weekend (the park works on a first-come first-served basis in peak season because it will get busy).

Set within a national park, the main attraction of Gan HaShlosha is, of course, its refreshing clear water pools that remain at 28°C throughout the year, thanks to their supply from a natural spring. Be aware that the main pool is deceptively deep, especially in the middle (some 5 meters deep), so take that into consideration with the littl'uns. But the other waterfalls and streams are perfect for almost everybody – check out the video at the bottom of the post for an idea of what to expect at Gan HaShlosha.

The area around the pools is covered in lawns, palm trees and other beautiful greenery. You can also find an archaeology museum (which includes Greek tools from the Bet Shean valley, plus Egyptian and Persian artifacts), and the remains of an ancient stockade at Gan HaShlosha (read on below).

Gan HaShlosha: a fascinating history

Without a doubt, this park in the Lower Galilee is truly one of Israel's most beautiful parks. Legend even has it that the area is, in fact, the site of the biblical Garden of Eden as described in the book of Genesis!

Also of more recent interest is that the first Jewish pioneers of the 1930s erected the tower and stockade settlement of Tel Amal in a single night, back in December 1936. The tower and some of the original buildings have been restored in the park, allowing visitors to see something of what life would have been like for those who lived there.

When to visit Gan Sachne (Gan Hashlosha)

July and August are peak Israeli holiday season and Gan Sachne is always going to be crowded. The really good news is that no matter what the outside temperature is, the spring-fed water in the pools is always a guaranteed 28°C. Springtime and early autumn are ideal for visiting (April through May and October till November), especially on weekdays.

Getting to the park early will ensure that you get a good spot close to the pools. Even in the "off-season", Fridays and Saturdays (the Jewish Sabbath) are likely to be busy with locals.

How to get to Gan HaShlosha

As it is only a 10-minute drive off road 669 between the Hashita junction and Beit She'an, you could always stop off at Mount Gilboa for a spot of sightseeing and then spend a relaxing day in the pools at Gan HaShlosha. See the map below for directions…

First Evidence Of Crusader Siege From 1099, Uncovered At Old City Walls

Archaeologists excavating just outside of Jerusalem's Old City walls have discovered an 11th century moat, the first archaeological evidence of a historically chronicled Crusader siege conducted by Raymond of Saint-Gilles on the Fatimid-controlled city, which ended on July 15, 1099 — exactly 920 years ago today.

Although two contemporary 11th century historical texts refer to the moat, its discovery was only recently made at the Mount Zion Project excavations.

Route 60 In Gush Etzion To Be Expanded In Coming Weeks

The Moriah Company is starting work this week to double the size of Route 60, known as the main artery to the residents of South Jerusalem.
The road is often plagued by heavy traffic jams due to the large number of commuters.

Water Park To Open At Liberty Bell Park For The Summer

The Jerusalem Municipality plans to transform Liberty Bell Park into a sports and water park for some summer fun. 
The park will include water slides, inflatables, paddling pools for kids, afternoon activites, sports and music workshops, children's shows and much more. The whole city is invited to join, and it is important to keep in mind that some of the activities must be pre-registered on the municipality's website.
  Please find below the relevant details: 
Yerushamayim - Water Park and Sports - 18.8 to 30.8 from 11:00 to 19:00:

Hulu Valley 081819

The Piz Gat Zev crew takes their biannual trip to the outskirts of the Land of Israel. This time to the North staying In Tel Hi.

 

Day one of August 2019 trip of 16 days of new experiences

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