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Monday, October 27, 2014

Day trip to Ramla, Israel

Yes my friends,unfortunately we and our rig are separated till the next Spring,the rig is stored in Colorado and we are for the entire winter at home in Israel,so no RV trip stories and no waterfalls….at least till next summer..

Some times we are searching for things that are far away from our location and forget or rather neglect to see what is under our noses.

Map picture


Ramla is only 45 minutes from home, but when lately  have we been there? I really do not remember…so we took advantage of this beautiful sunny October day and drove with friends to this historic interesting city.

Ramla,  on the coastal plain southeast of Tel Aviv–Jaffa  was established in 716 by the caliph Sulaymān ibn ʿAbd al-Malik (reigned 715–717), who made it the administrative capital of Palestine, replacing nearby Lod (Lydda). He built marketplaces,

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The markets today…..


10 Shekels or 2.70$ for 2LB…..fresh and very tasty.


 White Mosque (Al-Jāmiʿ al-Abyaḍ). Only ruins of these remain, but the minaret of the White Mosque, the so-called White Tower, 89 feet (27 m) tall, added by the Mamlūk sultan Baybars (reigned 1260–77), still stands.

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View from the top,see how close is the modern “new” city.


Solar panels and water tanks on roofs will heat water with only 2 hours of sun,and it is free….

During the First Crusade (1096–99), the city was captured and fortified by the crusaders, who called it Rames. The fortifications were destroyed by Saladin when he took the city from the crusaders in 1187. From the 14th century on, Ramla developed as a trade centre; though an Arab city, it contained a Jewish community until the Arab-Jewish disturbances of 1936–39.

  The city is unique in having a Jewish-Arab Friendship League. Ramla’s industries include the manufacture of cement, plywood, and electrical components. The city benefits from being located at a major highway and railway junction.

Interesting sites in the city, aside from the White Tower, are the Franciscan Hospice of St. Nicodemus and St. Joseph;


the Great Mosque (Al-Jāmiʿ al-Kabīr), built on the foundations of the 12th-century crusader cathedral of St. John; and the Pool of St. Helena, an 8th-century reservoir (cistern) decorated with ornamental pillars and now used by small tourist boats. Pop. (2006 est.) 64,000.

The Pool Of Arches The Pool Of Arches

The Pool Of Arches

After climbing 130 steeps,walking from one site to another and rowing a boat in the pools it was in place to top this great day with a meal in the local restaurant one of many in this city.



Humus,pickles,pita bread , salad with olive oil and lemon.

Have a great winter where ever you are ,see you all in the next Spring.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Finally back at home

Leaving the rig stored in Colorado is tough but saying good byes to our son and his family in Toronto is MUCH harder,but it was time to get back home to see the rest of the family ,meet our friends,get into our “winter” mood and plan our next trip….

In just a few days we managed to organize the house,bring the garden to look like a garden again,buy a car (we sold ours before the trip) and meet our family.

It is still Summer here and around 28-30 Celsius which means (for the benefit of my American friends) 85 –86F,it is hot and humid ,the beach is full of people and shorts,sandals and T shirts are still worn.

Yesterday we celebrated Sukot

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"Ingathering" redirects here. For the Ingathering of the Exiles (Kibbutz Galuyot), see Gathering of Israel.



From left to right, lulav, etrog carrier, and etrog used on Sukkot

Official name
Hebrew: סוכות‎ or סֻכּוֹת ("Booths, Tabernacles")

Observed by
Jews, Hebrews, Israelites andMessianic Jews

One of the three pilgrim festivals

Eating in sukkah, taking the Four Species, hakafot in Synagogue.

Sukkot, Succot or Sukkos (Hebrew: סוכות‎ or סֻכּוֹת sukkōt or sukkos, Feast of Booths, Feast of Tabernacles) is a biblical Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei (varies from late September to late October). It is one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals (shalosh regalim) on which the Israelites would make a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem.

The holiday lasts seven days in Israel and eight in the diaspora. The first day (and second day in the diaspora) is aShabbat-like holiday when work is forbidden, followed by intermediate days called Chol Hamoed. The festival is closed with another Shabbat-like holiday called Shemini Atzeret (two days in the diaspora, where the second day is called Simchat Torah).

The Hebrew word sukkōt is the plural of sukkah, "booth" or "tabernacle", which is a walled structure covered withs'chach (plant material such as overgrowth or palm leaves). The sukkah is intended as a reminiscence of the type of fragile dwellings in which, according to the Torah, the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of travel in the desert after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. Throughout the holiday, meals are eaten inside the sukkah and many people sleep there as well. A sukkah is also for the temporary dwelling in which agricultural workers would live during harvesting.


Building a sukkah[edit]

The sukkah walls can be constructed of any material (wood, canvas, aluminum siding, sheets). The walls can be free-standing or include the sides of a building or porch. The roof must be of organic material, known as s'chach, such as leafy tree overgrowth, schach mats or palm fronds. It is customary to decorate the interior of the sukkah with hanging decorations, the four species.[3]

So here is our son’s Sukah and our Holiday dinner,the kids had double fun and stayed late before hitting the sack ….and got presents as usual from us after we return from our RV trip.


We celebrated Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) with our youngest son& his family in Canada and Sukot with the rest of our family in Israel…..

Best of all and see you on the road next summer.