Sunday, September 18, 2016

A view of Herodian!

If you look carefully at this picture, I have made it extra large,. . . you can see an interesting flat top mountain. This is the archaeological site of Herodian.  Now we know that it was the burial place of King Herod, and he built this mountain.  I was there a long time ago before they did the digging.  A had a friend who had a cousin who had the keys to the site and we went inside the tunnels underneath .  There we found some remains of the Bar Kochva revolt, no we didn't move anything, really.  And then we went up into the mountain, saw the wonderful rooms that Herod built.

Two years ago, there was an exhibit at the Israel Museum showing everything that my friend and I saw 20 years ago! I said to my family, yup, this is what it looks like, when they showed the videos of the place before the digging began.

So today, when I was dropping my son off at Yeshiva, I was driving along and this view popped up.  I dropped him off and then on the way back, I stopped the car and popped this picture.  I think that on a day right after it rains it might be clearer.  I'll try.

So, a nice way to start the day,
Rachael
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Saturday, September 10, 2016

2016 Clouds in the Valley - Jerusalem



I woke up to this beautiful site.  Underneath there is a highway.  We thought that the building of the highway would disrupt the  phenomenon, but as you can see, we can still enjoy beautiful views!

This was taken with my Samsung Note 2 and not edited in any way.

Rachael Alice Orbach 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Door in Jerusalem

I was taking a walk in Jerusalem, and to show that we are a real city and real people live here, I found this interesting door.  You can see the rust, the marks of the keys,  The mail that has not come today.
You can tell a lot about a person by their door.  Yes?





Thursday, May 26, 2016

Jerusalem on Fire! The day after Lag B'Omer

Seriously folks, be careful with your combustables on a hot day like today.  Just came home and saw this out my window.  Called it in to 102 the Fire Department, they took a long time to answer the phone by the way, and they said that they already knew about it.

This is what the fire looked like at 12;00pm.  Now it is 5:41pm and it is still out of control!  I heard planes and helicopters flying over trying to get a handle on it.  If they would sent only one plane when I had called it in there wouldn't be this problem

 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/212834#.V0cLTJF97IV

One of the fires is being blamed on Lag B'Omer, maybe it is true, but there needs to be more fire education here in Israel.

When I was a child in Los Angeles, we had to have fire drills a few times a year, and a Fire Marshal came to our classes and taught us what to do when there is a fire.  I was elected Fire Marshal of my 4th grade class and I was expert at stomping on lit cigarettes.

 This served me well when I was teaching my first year in the classroom, as during a test someone slipped a smoke bomb under the door. causing untold uproar in the class.  I stepped on it.. Why did they schedule a test for April 1st, anyway??

Fires are serious, many people have been evaucated from their homes this afternoon.  Learn the fire rules and before you leave a fire, put it out with sand or water!

Roving Cellphone Photographer
Rachael Alice

Sunday, December 20, 2015