Tuesday, September 25, 2007


While I was "out to lunch" I did something which I do not usually do. I read a few books!

Reading books is not the kind of thing that I do in my spare time. I try to learn Torah when I can. For me, reading a book, stam, is a very rare occurence.

To make a long story short, I received a Steimatsky gift certificate. I entered one of the Jerusalem branches of Steimatsky and I didn't see anything that was fitting for a guy like me. Then I remembered that Rabbi Chaim Sabato wrote some books that are considered "modern Hebrew literature" and that I actually might enjoy reading them. So I bought "Emet MeEretz Titzmach" and Te'um Kavanot." The first book contains stories about the Aleppo Jewish community, and the latter describes Rav Sabato's own experiences during the Yom Kippur War. Both books were very good and I highly recommend them.

Later on I bought my wife a book: Mekimi by Noa Yaron-Dayan. It is a largely autobiographical story about a young secular Israel radio/TV star and her return to her religious roots. Like I said I bought the book for my wife but I'm the one who ended up reading it. Mekimi is currently a bestseller here in Israel. I liked the book, although the descriptions of the Israeli Bohemian scene in the first part of the book made me nauseous at times. It was written for secular people and not for Bnei Torah.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Not A Mystery Tree

Seen in Kibbutz Lavie:

With this I wish you all a Gmar Chatimah Tovah, and a very Happy Sukkot.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The White Waterfall In Nachal El Al

While I was out to lunch I had time to visit the Golan Heights with the rest of the X family. Near the village Eli Ad you can enter Nachal El Al. Then you just walk and walk and walk some more. It's worth it, because you get to see this:

Yes, I did take a dip in the pool under the waterfall. A true mechaye!

There is also a black waterfall which I didn't get to see this time around.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Happy New Year

Shavua Tov, 5768 is here! There is a lot to write about, but time is lacking. For those of you in Israel, don't forget that tonight we "fall back", i.e. change your clocks.

While I was "out to lunch" I visited a place in the Galilee called "Nachal Amud". It's simply gorgeous! It brings to mind the verse (Deuteronomy 8:7), "For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths, springing forth in valleys and hills." Here's an exclusive Cosmic X pic:

The land of Israel is the place where the Torah comes to life!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

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