Stumbling on


Some of the best discoveries happen when you get lost or are hungry or need a bathroom.  These are some of the things we discovered just because we did not have a specific destination in mind.

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Stayed on a moshav (like a planned community with shared resources but individual households). This is the preschool. I assume the baby carriages are a hot commodity among the children as they are perched on top of the fence for better “distribution”.
Looking for a place to get a bite to eat we wandered into Kfar Tavor. That is Har Tavor (Mt. Tavor) in the background. Mt. Tavor is famous for the battle between the Prophetess Deborah and Sisra, a Canaanite general. Deborah sent her maidservant into his tent to poke out his eye while he was asleep. Her name was Yael (my daughter's name). It ended the battle and Yael is also the Hebrew word for a kind of mountain goat common in Israel (we chose the name because we liked it- no association with eye poking or goats).
Looking for a place to get a bite to eat we wandered into Kfar Tavor. That is Har Tavor (Mt. Tavor) in the background. Mt. Tavor is famous for the battle between the Prophetess Deborah and Sisra, a Canaanite general. Deborah sent her maidservant into his tent to poke out his eye while he was asleep. Her name was Yael (my daughter’s name). It ended the battle and Yael is also the Hebrew word for a kind of mountain goat common in Israel (we chose the name because we liked it- no association with eye poking or goats).
K'far Tavor is home to the Tavor winery and this little center had a lovely tasting room and restaurant where we had a great "Israeli Salad" lunch. The village was founded in 1901 by immigrants from Sicily. It has that feel.
K’far Tavor is home to the Tavor winery and this little center had a lovely tasting room and restaurant where we had a great “Israeli Salad” lunch. The village was founded in 1901 by immigrants from Sicily. It has that feel.
Fitting with the Sicilian theme, there is a marzipan museum. Marzipan is a very sweet dessert made from almond paste. As you can see they've gotten pretty creative with it. Enjoy the next few slides of "artistic" marzipan.
Fitting with the Sicilian theme, there is a marzipan museum. Marzipan is a very sweet dessert made from almond paste. As you can see they’ve gotten pretty creative with it. Enjoy the next few slides of “artistic” marzipan.

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Looking for a bathroom in Safed I found this beautiful gate and arch.
Looking for a bathroom in Safed I found this beautiful gate and arch.
Across from the main post office in Jerusalem is this installation of old mailboxes. Shut and Yuvi Gerstein have set these up so that when you tap on the top of each box they make a specific sound and lights go on across the street on the main post office.
Across from the main post office in Jerusalem is this installation of old mailboxes. Shut and Yuvi Gerstein have set these up so that when you tap on the top of each box they make a specific sound and lights go on across the street on the main post office.
In front of the Jerusalem City Hall is a fountain that incorporates a well drilling bit, something that reminds one that water is a precious commodity in this arid land.
In front of the Jerusalem City Hall is a fountain that incorporates a well drilling bit, something that reminds one that water is a precious commodity in this arid land.
In Tel Aviv strolling through the old port we were treated to a goofy water display to rock music like Lady Gaga and Adele.
In Tel Aviv strolling through the old port we were treated to a goofy water display to rock music like Lady Gaga and Adele.
Just a reminder of home, this truck delivers fresh eggs (which by the way are individually stamped with the date) and the side of the truck says: From nature fresh, organic, free range, and omega.
Just a reminder of home, this truck delivers fresh eggs (which by the way are individually stamped with the date) and the side of the truck says: From nature fresh, organic, free range, and omega.
Looking out the window from Aish Ha'Torah (translated as the fire of Torah/the bible) onto a group of disabled students experiencing the Western Wall.
Looking out the window from Aish Ha’Torah (translated as the fire of Torah/the bible) onto a group of disabled students experiencing the Western Wall.
Inside that room which was a relief as it was well air conditioned was a Chihuly "fire" work.
Inside that room which was a relief as it was well air conditioned was a Chihuly “fire” work.
Down the street from where we are staying in a section of Jerusalem where many artists live (if they can afford it or have lived there for generations) is this sign. I know it is hard to read so in a nut shell: Here lives Morris Katz creator of art shows, the world's most prolific artist listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Teacher, author of "Paint Good and Fast". Would have liked to meet him though his shop was never open.
Down the street from where we are staying in a section of Jerusalem where many artists live (if they can afford it or have lived there for generations) is this sign. I know it is hard to read so in a nut shell: Here lives Morris Katz creator of art shows, the world’s most prolific artist listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Teacher, author of “Paint Good and Fast”. Would have liked to meet him though his shop was never open.

2 thoughts on “Stumbling on

  1. 1. I find the story about Deborah and Yael remiscent of Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith and Holifernes paintings. very interesting!

    2. I love marzipan.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • The Judith and Holifernos is the Christian equivalent (book of Judith) to the Deborah and Yael story (in the book of Judges). It’s much later during the time of Nebuchadnezzar (Babylonian ruler 6th century BCE).

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