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The Israeli Phenomenon in India, Part 1

Israelis desert their homeland for the High Holidays. Warmed relations with Saudi enable air carriers to fly direct, shrinking the continent for the India-bound Israeli. And the crowd is not what you think…

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Israel in pictures. Selected galleries of nature and city photos trying to convey the unique beauty, variety and creativity of the Land.

Rainy Desert

Photo gallery. Desert rains in the extreme climate of the Southern Arava (2013-4) created magical landscapes composed of water, mud and vegetation. Some old acacia trees submerged mangrove-like. Old lakes and reservoirs filled up. Dormant seeds came to life.

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Will the World Become Vegetarian “By Force”?

Diet and environment are tightly linked. Vegetarian environmentalism had been around for at least 50 years, but takes a while to take root. Cutting down on meat consumption can prevent deforestation and ecological disasters that affect us all, from Ecuador to the British Isles.

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Shabbat meal at Beit Bina, Dharamkot

Israeli Phenomenon in India Part 4 – The Spiritual Scene

The home-made Israeli spiritual scene in India ranges from the orthodox Beit Chabad to the innovative Beit Bina with the “Jewish Heart” in between. They all provide a warm home but with some strings attached, and a “protection” from the surrounding overwhelming “spiritual salad”.

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Will the World Become Vegetarian “By Force”?

Diet and environment are tightly linked. Vegetarian environmentalism had been around for at least 50 years, but takes a while to take root. Cutting down on meat consumption can prevent deforestation and ecological disasters that affect us all, from Ecuador to the British Isles.

Read More »
Shabbat meal at Beit Bina, Dharamkot

Israeli Phenomenon in India Part 4 – The Spiritual Scene

The home-made Israeli spiritual scene in India ranges from the orthodox Beit Chabad to the innovative Beit Bina with the “Jewish Heart” in between. They all provide a warm home but with some strings attached, and a “protection” from the surrounding overwhelming “spiritual salad”.

Read More »

 

Goings-on

In this new section I will try to relate directly to current events and proceedings in the ever-churning, boiling, bubbling cauldron of our political and social reality today. I’ll try to keep posts short.

Keep posted. Subscribe to the newsletter. Here is a link to the “Goings-on” page. 

 

Mindroll

New articles will show up here. Keep posted. Subscribe to the newsletter. Here is a link to “Mindroll“. 

   

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Incredible India

This section is “under construction”. Much much more is yet to come about my trip to Incredible India. Keep posted. Subscribe! Here is a link to the Incredible India page.

Garbage and donkey behind Savitri Temple, Pushkar, Rajasthan

Point Finger at Polluter

India’s garbage problem. Despite the glorious esthetic and spiritual traditions, the problem of waste accumulation and inadequate disposal is undermining India’s life and beauty. Change is coming but slow.

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Saving the Planet One Cow Dung at a Time – Part 1

Cows are holy, but are women collecting cow dung doing sacred work, or dirtwork? First post on topic gives background on cows, “cow products” and recommends opening the mind. In Appendix you can witness a funny encounter regarding holy cows at the Israeli-Indian interphase.

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Saving the Planet One Cow Dung at a Time, India – Part 2

Cows are holy, goddesses are revered, female pilots fly commercial, but are millions of rural women collecting cow dung doing sacred work, or dirty shitwork? Ecological, financial value of rural women’s work is high, but they don’t own anything. Academics give conflicting views on how the work is perceived in the community and by the women.

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Garbage and donkey behind Savitri Temple, Pushkar, Rajasthan

Point Finger at Polluter

India’s garbage problem. Despite the glorious esthetic and spiritual traditions, the problem of waste accumulation and inadequate disposal is undermining India’s life and beauty. Change is coming but slow.

Read More »

 

Poetry

More poetry is yet to come. Keep posted. Subscribe to the newsletter. Here is a link to the poetry page

Erodium (Stork's Bill) seeds corkscrewing into cracks in desert soil

Negev

Like arid land in summer
My dry heart thirsts for you,
RIding a tide of lust,
I surge and search for you…

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Northern plants growing in extreme desert after flood. Arava, 2013

Women of Kobani

No, you aren’t fighting just for your people,

The Kurdish Braves,

But for all of us,

The 51 percent –

The 100 percent.

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Farewell, Cassini

I need to be reminded daily
That this exists over there,
Having it own place around our sun,
As we read the “news”, watch TV…

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Erodium (Stork's Bill) seeds corkscrewing into cracks in desert soil

Negev

Like arid land in summer
My dry heart thirsts for you,
RIding a tide of lust,
I surge and search for you…

Read More »
Northern plants growing in extreme desert after flood. Arava, 2013

Women of Kobani

No, you aren’t fighting just for your people,

The Kurdish Braves,

But for all of us,

The 51 percent –

The 100 percent.

Read More »

Farewell, Cassini

I need to be reminded daily
That this exists over there,
Having it own place around our sun,
As we read the “news”, watch TV…

Read More »
Erodium (Stork's Bill) seeds corkscrewing into cracks in desert soil

Negev

Like arid land in summer
My dry heart thirsts for you,
RIding a tide of lust,
I surge and search for you…

Read More »
Northern plants growing in extreme desert after flood. Arava, 2013

Women of Kobani

No, you aren’t fighting just for your people,

The Kurdish Braves,

But for all of us,

The 51 percent –

The 100 percent.

Read More »

Farewell, Cassini

I need to be reminded daily
That this exists over there,
Having it own place around our sun,
As we read the “news”, watch TV…

Read More »

 

Galleries

Since a big part of this website is dedicated to world traveling, this collection of photo galleries is focused on the beauty, variety and creativity of the Land of Israel. An emphasis on the desert will soon be balanced with more pictures from the North and Center.

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