Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Yom Kippur

"Yom Kippur - also known in English as the Day of Atonement, is the most solemn and important of the jewish holidays.

Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jewish people all around the world traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services."

For me, it one of the only time a year I'm going to the Synagogue.

General observances

"Leviticus 23:27 decrees that Yom Kippur is a strict day of rest and of fasting.

Five additional prohibitions are traditionally observed, as detailed in the Jewish oral tradition:

Eating and drinking
Wearing leather shoes
Anointing oneself with perfumes or lotions
Sexual relations"

It is a special day, I am keeping all of the above, I said before that I am a beliving man, and I also keep some Traditions all of the time, but Yom Kippur is the only day that I stop doing anything.

It is a day That I would not eat, drink, see TV, use the computer, hear music or do anything like that, I usually spend most of the time reading a book or sleeping :)

The main Idea of this holiday is to ask for forgiveness from God and from anyone that we feel we missbehaved to during the past year.

Forigen people who will see Israel on this day will be amazed to see that this country is actually Stops for one day, no one is driving, no one is working (unless it is an emergency), even tough a lot of people don't fest, they are still respecting that day and not using cars or hearing loud music for example.

And that is a good place to ask for forgiveness from anyone that I hurt last year, I promise it was unintentionally.

I am sorry and I will try to be better next Year :)

(Thanks to Wikipedia)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Time for vacation

Five months passed since I came back home from My trip to south America.
One month before I go to the University.
I think Its the perfect time for Vacation.

So where should I go ?
I assume that In the US when someone wants to take a vacation he may take a flight (Or a long Road Trip) to Hawaii, Maimi, Mexico or anywhere.

Israelis, however, don't need to take a flight, Israel is really small, It's so small that it will take you less then six hours by car to go from the Northern point to the Southern point, And less then an hour from the west to the east.

That blue spot in the middle of the US map above is the actual size of Israel comparing to the US.

Anyway, the most famous place in Israel for Vacation is the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth ( About 421 Meters below sea level),there you can find a beautiful sea, full of Salt, so when you go into the water you will simply float :)

Around the area of the Dead Sea, there are many Hotels and other attractions. For tourists from all over the world its the perfect place to come and relax.
The soil around the Dead Sea has Health advantages, and many people comes for treatments , you can find a lot of information about it on web.

Eilat is the most southern city in Israel, Its always sunny there, the beach is beautiful and you can do any activity that you can dream of.
The Shoppers Will LOVE this place because there is no TAX on shopping in Eilat :)

If you are in the mood for green and breathtaking landscape go up north, Beautiful places, much cooler climate, and of course the "Sea of Galilee", which unfortunately getting smaller every year due to lake of rain and other sources of water to fill it, so Hurry up.

In addition you have many beautiful places for tourist all around the country, Jerusalem and its holy places, and the city of Tel Aviv which called the "city that never stops", with hundreds of Bars, Restaurants, Parties and many more fun places to go.

The best thing is that you can visit all those places together, its about 3 hours trip by car from one location to another, so you can "mix" it all together.

Now you just need to chose where to start from :)