Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The Storm Begins in Israel

It's has been a flurry of excitement the last few days in Israel as we prepare for a snow storm. Snow is predicted for today and for Friday. The stores have been filled with shoppers stocking up not for a Chag but for potential snow. As Wednesday dawned, many ran to their windows to see if the snow had arrived.

An hour ago, just before 13h00, I spoke to a friend in Yerushalayim who was disappointed that it was not even raining yet.

As the anticipation increases, the rain is certainly falling where we are just outside of Yerushalayim and even some thunder. It's snowing in Tzfat already, there's talk of snow in Kiryat Arba and now, the hail is falling and starting to settle. The area around the playground seen in the picture above, has become a thin layer of ice. If you have children, make sure your strollers and bicycles are safely in doors. Looks like the storm is beginning. better to protect your property than have it coated with snow for a few days which could lead to rust.

Certain roads are already closed and buses are coming to a stop. It's time to stay warm indoors. 

Stay tuned, if snow does in deed begin to fall, we hope to post more pictures.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

A Touching Moment in Israel

While many try to find fault in Israel, a recent newspaper article highlights the kindness and the incredible heart of Israel. A unity that is unshakable. Many traumas and tragedies have befallen the Jewish Nation through the years. One such tragedy robbed a little 6- month- old baby of her mother. 

The loss of a parent is something most can not understand. The pain at growing up without the loving guidance of a parent is something hard to describe. Today, an Israeli joined the IDF, just as thousands do. But for her there was no mother to see her off. No mother to give her a kind word and pray for her safe return. 

Shani was a 6 month old baby when her mother was killed by a suicide bomber. The touching story of her coming to sign up for the I.D.F is featured in YNetNews. The touching part is not that she signed up, but that the policewoman who carried baby Shani to safety has stayed in touch. To the policewoman it was not enough to carry baby Shani to safety, she stayed in touch all the years and was there to see her off as Shani begins a new phase of her life.

The dedication and care of one Jew to another. One Israel to another is what makes living in Israel so very special and gives us the strength to continue, together.


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