Author Archives: IsraelDays

Where Past and Present Meet

In order to understand the pioneering spirit that built this country and continues to contribute to strengthening its Zionist values today, a visit to Gush Etzion, aka the Etzion bloc is an inspiring experience. Only twenty minutes by car south … Continue reading

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The Friend of My Enemy

The civil war which has been raging in Syria for the past three years has so far managed to avoid spilling over into the borders of Israel, with a few minor exceptions. However, Syrian refugees, both civilians and combatants, have … Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the Slave Boy Warriors

On a recent warm, sunny morning I found myself in the beautifully manicured British war cemetery in Ramle. I was there looking for the grave of a young British lieutenant who died in 1920. He was a graduate of my … Continue reading

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Wanna Go On A Lion Hunt?

When I was a young girl growing up in London, I used to belong to the Brownies, which was the junior version of the Girl Guides. One of our favourite chants was “Wanna Go on a Lion Hunt”? Our sing … Continue reading

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The Menorah Mystery

As Chanukah is just around the corner, I thought it would be interesting to look at the origins of the forerunner of the eight branched candelabra or chanukiah: the menorah. The menorah made its first appearance in the book of … Continue reading

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The Other Side of the Tracks

Over the last few years Israel seems to have developed an obsession with trains. Whilst the train system in the north of the country is pretty efficient, in many other areas, especially Jerusalem, it certainly leaves something to be desired. … Continue reading

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Head South

It recently occurred to me that many of the locations mentioned in the Old Testament have become popular tourist sites. However, one place that is very accessible and is mentioned no less than thirty four times both in the bible and later … Continue reading

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The Hills Are Alive

The country is currently a hive of activity. It doesn’t matter where you are geographically there is some excitement going on. From music, dance and food festivals, to wine, beer, art and theatre extravaganzas, Israel is buzzing with energy. Even … Continue reading

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The Glass Half Full

July has arrived and with it the Hebrew month of Av. Traditionally thought of as a gloomy period because the first nine days are spent in mourning recalling the destruction of two temples, culminating with a 25 hour fast, I … Continue reading

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Small But Beautiful

According to the latest figures produced by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel’s population stands at just over 8 million people. Of those, 75% percent of them are Jewish, 20% are Moslem Arabs and 4.6% are Christians, leaving just over … Continue reading

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