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  • The Second Most Spectacular Thing in Israel this Sukkot

    The Second Most Spectacular Thing in Israel this Sukkot

    Just days before Gilad Shalit’s expected release, I was perusing a list of the “Top 5 most spectacular things to do in Israel on Sukkot,” I was struck by the amazing-looking, two-day Hot Air Balloon Festival, sheduled to take place Monday and Tuesday of Chol HaMoed in the Lower Galilee. I was captivated by the [...]

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  • The wheels of progress roll into the Wild West (Bank)

    The wheels of progress roll into the Wild West (Bank)

    We’ve arrived! Well, sort of. Last week the big Israeli grocery chain “Rami Levi” opened up a beautiful, new, normal-sized grocery store right here in Gush Etzion. It’s huge! It’s clean! It has wide aisles! Tons of parking! Great prices! Of course, nothing could be so simply ‘good’. Right away the nay-sayers started up. Complaining [...]

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  • Shwekey!

    Shwekey!

    It was a major event for Gush Etzion when Yaakov Shwekey arrived on June 2nd for a one-night-only concert in the huge new outdoor amphitheater in Efrat. Set right into the slopes of the Judean hills, on the outskirts of the Rimon neighborhood, once there one could watch the arriving people streaming down the winding [...]

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  • One of our brave soldiers needs our prayers

    One of our brave soldiers needs our prayers

    Daniel Lazar ben Tina Taabel Lea One of the soldiers badly injured on the flotilla boat. He had his ear cut off, it was just held on by a scrap of skin; he was shot in the leg and has a very badly injured arm. He is recovering and the ear has been re-attached but it [...]

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