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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Mitzpe Netofa

The X family ordered a "zimmer" in a religious town in the Lower Galilee called Mitzpe Netofa. "Zimmer" means room in German and in Yiddish. But this zimmer was really a small three bedroom apartment. The X family is large enough to make renting a zimmer much more economical than renting a room/rooms in a hotel. This Zimmer served as our starting point for touring the Galilee.

Mitzpe Netofa seems like a fantastic place. The people are friendly, the air is clean, the view is beautiful. Most of the families live in private homes with well tended gardens. Many of these gardens have fruit trees. We saw lemons, pomegranates, apples, and pomelo, just to name a few.

There are even some native English speakers that have made their home in this section of paradise. I met one on Shabbat in the synagogue. He said that the next time we come to Mitzpe Netofa we can stay with him. I asked him if he had a zimmer and he said that he is inviting us to come to his house, free of charge. That's pretty wild to get that kind of invitation after a five minute chat after shacharit!

Another English speaker I met is one of those jet age commuters. Most of the year he is in Israel. A total of three months during the year he is abroad, where he has a job that is high paying enough to support him and his family for the rest of the year. That is pretty neat. On the other hand I am happy that my talents and efforts are contributing directly to the Israeli economy and society, and not to another nation.

I'll close this post off with a pic. This is what Mitzpe Netofa looks like from Mt. Tir'an:

3 comments:

Rafi G said...

sounds like a nic eplace

Cosmic X said...

It is. I think that many American Jews may find this an excellent community to make aliyah to. I'm talking about Jews from the suburbs that are used to living in private houses and not in a three bedroom flats. Their are enough English speakers there to make absorption easier, but not enough to turn the place into an English-speaking ghetto.

Anonymous said...

it looks like yesha, but greener :)

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