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A Frozen Scream

The Southern Wall excavations in the Old City of Yerushalayim bring you about as close as possible to tangible remains of the destruction of the Temple. This Jerusalem Post article written when the excavations were first opened states:

The tableau is a 2,000-year-old scream frozen in stone at its moment of issue — the fall of Jerusalem. It is the scream of Roman triumph as Legionnaires demolish their enemy’s sanctuary and the scream of the defeated Jewish nation as it exchanges a millennia of sovereignty for exile.

Here, on the original pavement of the street from the Second Beis Hamikdash, you can walk in the literal footsteps of the pilgrims who did so 2000 years before.


The stones are from the western retaining wall of the Har HaBayit laying where they did when reigned down upon the walkway.



One large cornerstone (the original of which has been placed in the Israel Museum) found lying in the street below the southwestern corner of the Temple Mount bears the Hebrew inscription “To the trumpeting place to…” (The most likely reconstruction of the missing ending of the inscription is “proclaim” or “separate.”) This stone had stood at the top of southwestern corner of the Temple Mount and it was from there that the onset of Shabbos was trumpeted.


There is an inscription on the remaining wall which reads “…and you shall see and your heart shall rejoice and their bones like grass…” No one is quite sure of the circumstances of the inscription.


Some have hypothesized that it portends the establishment of the Third Temple when our hearts will rejoice and the bones of those killed in the destruction of Yerushalayim will sprout like grass. May it happen speedily, in our days.

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Good Catch!

I took this shot on top of Massada as our tour guide “fed” the birds. It was at the same time that I took the shot up in the blog header above.

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Nope, just a detail of this scale model atop Massada (I played with the color).

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The kids in our neighborhood are running a bake sale to benefit Chickens for Shabbos. Chickens for Shabbos is an amazing organization that takes every penny raised and puts food on the tables of needy families in Eretz Yisrael. There is absolutely no overhead. The kids raised $1300.00 at last years bake sale.

Those interested in supporting this very worthy cause can send checks to Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills Tzedakah Fund at 150-05 70th Road Flushing, N.Y. 11367 Attn: Rabbi Schonfeld or call 718-261-9723.

My wife baked a chocolate chip banana cake and these delicious meringues.

UPDATE: The bake sale this year raised more than $3500.00! Kol HaKavod!!


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While many of us have seen some of the gorgeous shots of Yerushalayim in the snow, I thought that these shots sent to me by my friend YY have a more personal touch.

The Streets of Efrat

Children’s Wonderland

Watch out for YY!

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Approaching the Gate


Sha’ar Yaffo, Yerushalayim

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Visiting Chevron is one of the most inspiring things you can do in Eretz Yisrael. However, it is also often one of the saddest things. It seems that there is always someone that wishes to remove the Jews from this Holy City. This has become more and more apparent in the past few years.

In the Avraham Avinu shul in Chevron there is a sefer torah that was carried out of Spain during the Inquisition and Expulsion of the Jews from that country. That sefer torah stands as a symbol of Jewish resiliency and the truth of the fact that “Am Yisrael Chai!” It is a source of hope and strength to the people of Chevron.


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Most of us are aware of the tragedy that is occurring (again!!) in Chevron. When will we learn? The expulsions are taking place on what is known as the Mitzpe Shalhevet neighborhood named after Shalhevet Pass, H’YD.

Shalhevet Pass, the firstborn child of Yitzchak and Oriya Pass was murdered in cold blood at the tender age of ten months while laying in her stroller at the entrance to the Avraham Avinu neighborhood in Chevron. Subsequently, the neighborhood and the shul established there were named in memory of Shalhevet. The evacuations and destruction of the shul have now been carried out. This monument and sign are found in the spot where Shalhevet was murdered.



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Mmmmmmachane Yehuda


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I don’t know if you guys back in the States have heard but the Beis Hamikdash has been rebuilt and we were zocheh to visit it today! Halavai. It’s just a model but one day, one day soon…


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