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Prayer garden

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I was sent this link and I thought it was kind of cool

http://www.theprayergarden.com/flash.htm

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April 25, 2009 at 8:34 pm

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Holocaust Rememberance Day

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     Israel came to a standstill today as sirens blared for 2 minutes to remember the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust.  At 10am cars came to a hault & people stopped bowing their heads to remember the victims.  All the tv channels since yesterday evening have either stopped broadcasting or have memorial programs.
        I was watching another documentary this time about 2 men who escaped the Auschwitz concentration camp.  They hid inside a hallowed wood pile and covered themselves in tobacco for 3 days til the search was over.  They escaped April 7, 1944 running and hidding until they walked  140km to reach the Polish-Solvakian border.   These 2 men went on to write a 32 page report entitled the Vrba-Wetzler report.  It went on to describe the terrible conditions and autrocities happening in Auschwitz and their expansion plan for Hungary who was not yet occupied.  These men wanted nothing more to stop the blood shed and have the allies realize what was really happening at the camps.  The report was at first hid by Katsner who was negotiating the safety of 1,600 Jews from Hungary.  Later other copies made it’s way across Europe & America  and 2 months later the BBC broadcasted their stories about the gas chambers.  The allies persisted in liberating the Jews from Nazi Germany.
      It was a remarkable story and until the very end of the documentary I didn’t realize that this was indeed Rudy Vrba a family friend of ours since childhood.  We had known Robyn & Rudy Vrba since I was little.  We often had lunch with them and he would tell us how his friend & him escaped from Auschwitz which has never before been done.  He showed us his tatoo of his number labeling him a prisoner.  He was a very cherised family friend for so many years until his death in 2006.  His memories will live on of his heroism & courage, escaping Auschwitz and helping shed the light on the autrocities.

In memory of the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Vrba

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April 21, 2009 at 10:47 am

Passover

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Tonight marks the end of passover. This is a week long Jewish festival remembering Moses and the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. God created many miracles for the Jews to escape slavery & be brought to the promised land. In these 7 days no one is to eat leavened bread to remember the journey & how there wasn’t enough time to bake bread before leaving. I kept kosher successfully for the second time now. It was much easier to keep here in Israel versus in Italy with pizza + pasta. It wasn’t too hard either to keep from bread and it’s not good to eat so much anyways.
We had 2 big celebrations drinking wine & having Matzah to remember the occasion. Inviting lots of people to share in the time always helps.
There were many free events courtesy of the bank. I went to the Israel museum, the bible land museum, and the Jerusalem botanical gardens. I even managed to go back to Neot Kadumim, where I planted my tree. It was nice to come back and enjoy all the biblical land reserve this time.
I went to Zirkon Yakov and saw a carnival with many artisans. It was really enjoyable to see all the festivities and enjoy the street music. I even had cotton candy.
Glad we were able to see so much this passover. It’s a nice break and a good reminder to be thankful for all the blessings God gives us.

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April 16, 2009 at 12:39 am

gardening

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The other day I went to the Jerusalem botanical gardens and found this great store with almost anything you needed for good prices. So I bought myelf this lovely geranium and some seeds. I found this Zinnai mix which I have just started to plant and am looking forward to seeing them grow. What my favorite mini project now is the cherry tomatoes & artichokes which I am growing. I wouldn’t have taken myself for much into gardening especially since my prior experience has led me with a few dead plants; lets just hope this turns out better.

I’ll keep you posted on the results

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April 15, 2009 at 12:07 am

Versailles &Chartres

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Versailles is beautiful as always!  It was first built-in 1624 by Louis XIII as a hunting lodge yet was enlarged into a palace of the Kings residence from 1682-1790.  Today it is a magnificent palace showing the riches of France.  There are many great rooms such as the Hall of Mirrors, the Galaries de Glace,  Napoleon’s room and of course the gigantic gorgeous gardens.  
      It’s actually too beautiful to describe Versailles.  It is astounding how grand in size it is, it took us 7 hours walking around the area and we didn’t manage to see everything.   We saw the Petit Trianon and the Grande Trianon located away from the palace.  They were built by Marie Antoinette where you can see a get away from the main palace.  The rooms are still lavish and wonderful to see.  So much detail and design has gone into them.  There is even a cute miniature village there where you can see a farm & the many animals. 
     We had a lot of fun, I’m so glad I was able to come back and visit Versailles again.  It was also nice that the crowds weren’t too big as that can ruin the experience at times.  Definitely a worthwhile visit from Paris!!

     Chartres is the capital of light and perfume.  It is within a short distance of Paris where you can enjoy a small town atmosphere of France.  There main attraction is the Cathedral filled with gothic art, over 4,000 statues, 9 sculpted gates, and 2,600m2 of stained glass windows from the 12th & 13th centuries.  It is really vast & worthwhile to see. 
     I enjoyed going around Chartres with 5 other girls to explore the town.  There was another smaller cathedral we happened to walk by and it was nice going in and being able to see the stained glass windows closer to the eye.  I find when the cathedral is so grand it’s hard to see the detail in the top of the windows.  Yet in this smaller cathedral I could admire it without being freezed to death  as they love to air-conditioned older gothic churches.  We had a great time visiting Chartres.

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April 7, 2009 at 12:14 am

going Red

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Red, isn’t that a nice colour?  Well I think it is.  I’ve been wanting to dye my hair for a while.  I haven’t dyed my hair well for about 7 years now.  I tried a temporary red colour before which I liked.  Then in University I dyed it with these butterscotch highlights which was nice until it slowly came out.   I wonder why it always needs to look so bad when it’s coming out.  So I decided to change things up I found a new temporary hair dye.  I can’t say it was easy to find (especially with the language barrier) yet I’m pretty confident it’s temporary. lol  I hope anyways.  The colour is called Mahogany.  It’s a nice change which is what I was going for and it’s for about 4 weeks.  Plus I wont’ have to get that annoying half growing out hair which I can’t stand. 

     In the evening I went to this huge celebration for Tel-Aviv’s 100 birthday.   Now as we all know Canada isn’t so much into doing big celebrations.  I biggest thing we have is the symphony of fire which is largely by others donations.   Here they go all out.   There was about 250,000 who attended the night festivites.  Now get this, it cost 70 million shekels or $21 million dollar Canadian!!!  Wow talk about extravagent.   The events were great yet that was excessive money spent.  Well, well I’m glad I was able to witness the show, singing, dancing, fireworks; you name it.

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April 7, 2009 at 12:01 am

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