Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Under Angel's Wings- Jerusalem Chords Bridge

The Angels are hovering over Jerusalem in this picture of the Jerusalem Chords bridge.  You can just see them landing to protect Jerusalem.  Calm and Peace to Jerusalem the Center of the World.  May your walk ways be peaceful and your motorways be safe.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Nachlaot Garden in Jerusalem

I found this cute garden in Nachlaot!
A sunny and cool day in Jerusalem!   Just the place for a private conversation between friends!  I found this card so I picked it up for you. 

Have a meaningful Fast 10 Tevet. 

Rachael Alice Orbach - roving Photographer 


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Zot Chanuka

Zot Chanuka is the last day of Chaunuka.

Why is it named Zot? (This)  This is because it was the last day of the miracle of the oil.  The one flask of oil that was found by with the stamp of the High Priest was only enough to burn for one day.  It kept burning and burning, and burning!  The news of this miracle of oil that didn't go out must have spread like wildfire, even in those days with out any form of modern communication!

But as you know, you don't just let a miracle happen, you also do what you can! So the oil factory that was under the supervision of the Temple must have been working around the clock to produce olive oil.  This eighth day must have seemed like a real miracle for the oil to keep burning.

The miracle was really apparent on this last day,  that is why this last day of Chanuka is "Zot Chanuka" This is Chanuka, for it was the last time that Hashem in those day revealed himself.

May Hashem continue the daily miracles that we see around us, and help us to appreciate the small miracles that occur in our daily lives.

Rachael Alice Orbach

Monday, December 10, 2012

Happy 4th Day of Chanuka

Happy 4th Day of Chanuka

I couldn't resist to take these pictures last night!  May the joy and light of Chanuka accompany you the whole year!

You can still see the view outside the window!

Rachael Alice
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Post your Chanuka Pictures here!  I was just turning around crossing the street, and I looked up and saw this on the side of a building.  What an inspiration!  

Wishing everyone a Happy Chanuka! 

Rachael Alice 

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Chanuka is coming!

The stores are already stocking Jelly Donuts!  See here, don't they look Yummy?  Bring a few home every day and enjoy the Holiday.

The reason that we eat donuts is because we want to remember the miracle of the oil.  What does this mean?
After the war between the Jews and the Syrian Greeks, the Cohanim entered the Temple, and while they were cleaning up they found only one flask of Olive Oil with the stamp of the  High Priest, that was certified to be pure olive oil, the only kind that was permitted to be used in the 7 branched Menora that had to be kept burning 24 hours a day.  Usually one flask would be for one day.  So, they lit the Menora with the one flask of oil, because they wanted to observe the mitzvah for one day at least.  They sent out for more oil, but it would take 8 days to pick the olives, and process them for use in the Menora.  It had to be of a special type of oil, so that is why it took so long to make.

Hashem, in order that the lights of the Menora would shine and give hope to the Jewish people did the miracle and the oil in the Menora lasted the whole eight day period that it took to make new olive oil.

This is why we have an eight day holiday of Chanuka.  The word חנוכה  means rededication, the Temple was rededicated, during this time, and we also should use this time of year to rededicate ourselves to learn more Torah, do more Mitzvot, and bring Am Yisrael to the perfection that we all strive for.  Erase war, and heartache, and bring perfect health and happiness during this Festival of Lights.

Rachael Alice Orbach 
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