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Cost Rica: A Frum Traveler’s Guide

25 Adar II 5774 – March 26, 2014
The climate is near perfect. From November through May the weather is dry and warm. June through October is referred to as the rainy season, though the weather is still comfortable and the occasional showers barely interfere with touring, sporting activities or sunbathing.

Mitzpeh Bikat HaYarden

17 Shevat 5774 – January 17, 2014
This mitzpeh, or outlook, is a memorial to soldiers who fell during the “Mirdafim” (Pursuits) that took place in the area for about three years after the Six-Day War.

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3 Shevat 5774 – January 3, 2014
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Gush Etzion

27 Kislev 5774 – November 29, 2013
Honestly, it would be hard to choose the one area that could win the title “the most dramatic site” in Eretz Yisrael. However, one strong candidate has to be Gush Etzion.

The Einot Tzukim Nature Reserve: Oasis In The Desert.

20 Kislev 5774 – November 22, 2013
Only half an hour’s drive from Jerusalem, the majestically beautiful Einot Tzukim Nature Reserve is a lush, green oasis surrounded by miles of flat arid, desert.

The Small Wall

22 Heshvan 5774 – October 25, 2013
The Kotel Hakatan is the “little sister” of the well-known Western Wall, and is reminiscent of the photos and drawings of the way the Kotel looked before 1948. It is located 200 yards further north of the Kotel, and is on the same level as Har HaBayit (the Temple Mount). Since its plaza is much narrower, and the majority of the wall is underground (thereby concealing much of its height), the Small Wall is less impressive than the Western Wall.

You’re In Good Hands With Isroyal

9 Tishri 5774 – September 12, 2013
This past summer quite a few family members vacationed in Israel, some of them with young children. I remember how difficult flying from New York to Israel can be with small children, so with this in mind, I advised all of my family to book Isroyal VIP service along with their flight.

The Stones, Fauna And Flora Of The Kotel

29 Elul 5773 – September 4, 2013
When we come to the Kotel we may be so engrossed in our tefillos that we don’t notice the numerous birds flying close by and the plants growing out of her stones. But the Kotel—spiritual home to millions — is built of stones that serve as the physical home for various animals and plants.

Gamla – The Masada Of The North

21 Tammuz 5773 – June 28, 2013
We are all well familiar with the dramatic last stand of the Jewish rebels on Masada against the Roman Legions after the destruction of the Second Bais HaMikdash. But according to Josephus Flavious (Yosef ben Matityahu) a very similar drama took place on another isolated mountain in the very north of the country.

Rome And Venice: Ideal Destinations For The Orthodox Traveler

19 Tammuz 5773 – June 26, 2013
There was a time when an Orthodox Jewish traveler, offered a choice of visiting London, Paris or Rome, likely would have put Rome last on the list. Today, that would be a big mistake. Rome is a marvelous place to visit, especially for a religious Jew interested in the historical roots of the post-Second Temple Diaspora.

New Hampshire

14 Tammuz 5773 – June 21, 2013
New Hampshire, also known as the Granite State, borders Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and Quebec. It is a state with impressive mountains affording beautiful views, flowing rivers and magnificent waterfalls. New Hampshire is famous as a prime vacation area both in the summer and the winter. Although it is over a five-hour drive from most places in New York, there is a kosher hotel and several minyanim in the summertime.

The Suspension Bridge Over Nachel HaBesor

7 Tammuz 5773 – June 14, 2013
Although there are more direct and faster routes to Beer Sheva and Eilat and all the sites and towns in-between, the Basor River is one of the beauties of the Negev that defiantly justifies a diversion.

Reflections On Jewish Budapest

30 Sivan 5773 – June 7, 2013
In the quaint and picturesque Hungarian town of Szentendre (Saint Andrew), just outside of Budapest, our group of five new friends who had gathered from throughout the Jewish world bask in the sunlight, seemingly frozen in time. We weave along the cobblestone streets browsing in and out of charming little shops offering handmade crafts, delicate latticework, whimsical wooden toys and intricately painted porcelain. We sit outside and feast on pastries that look more like art than edibles and ice coffee is reminiscent of ice cream floats.

The Rainbow Cave

2 Sivan 5773 – May 10, 2013
Speechless wonder is the reaction to the beautiful vision seen though the Arch of the Keshet Cave at the Adamit Park in the Galilee. One of the most amazing natural wonders in Eretz Yisrael, the Me’arat Hakeshet — also known as the Rainbow Cave or Arch Cave — can be found up against the Israel-Lebanon border just a few kilometers from Rosh Hanikra and the sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea. It is situated amid the wild scenery on the cliffs of Nachal Betzet and Nachal Namer, on the Adamit Ridge.

Enjoying The Good Life In West Palm Beach

29 Iyyar 5773 – May 8, 2013
Would you believe it if I told you that you could purchase a two-bedroom, two- bathroom condo complete with central a/c, a large kitchen, and a living room with an enclosed porch in a burgeoning Jewish community – incredibly priced from just $35,000? Well, you can.

Return To Jericho

17 Iyyar 5773 – April 26, 2013
I finally returned to Yericho, Jericho after ten years. The last time I was there, guiding tourists, was just before the Oslo War broke out in October 2000.

A Show Without a Camera

8 Iyyar 5773 – April 17, 2013
On my third visit to the annual New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show, I did not take any pictures.

Machon Ayalon – Pre-State Clandestine Bullet Factory

3 Iyyar 5773 – April 12, 2013
About four years ago a group of orthodox senior citizens from Bnei Brak arrived to tour the Ayalon Institute. One woman seemed to be exceptionally moved and cried a lot. Nearly two week later, she sent a letter to the Institute explaining why. She wrote that she was a Holocaust survivor and between 1943 and 1945 she had been a forced laborer making bullets to help the Nazi cause – bullets that were used many times against Jews. After the war, she had concentrated on raising a frum generation, suppressing all the terror of those horrendous years in order to do so.

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