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August 28, 2016 / 24 Av, 5776

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Jerusalem’s Gazelle Valley Urban Wildlife Park Takes the Prize

Friday, April 8th, 2016

It’s a park like no other in the holy city of Jerusalem — so different, in fact, that the municipality received the 2016 Designers Award for this stunning island of urban serenity.

The award came from Ot Haltzuv, a consortium of designers and architects. Undoubtedly the enchantment of the gazelles ensnared them all.

You can stroll over a wooden bridge to an island to watch the birds, or sit by a pond and contemplate the ripples in the water. It’s quiet, and peaceful.

The park stretches over 250 dunams of land and features five natural and man-made ponds. There are also two flowing streams and areas to watch the birds and other small creatures like chipmunks and such – a manmade island that can be reached by way of wooden bridges.

There are dozens of wild gazelles roaming free, after whom the park is named.

This approach, applied nowhere else in Israel, stresses the importance of creating a ‘green lung’ composed of natural greenery. The park hosts a variety of animals and birds, all to be enjoyed by city residents as well as visitors from Israel and abroad.

“The park’s guiding principle is revolutionary in terms of Israeli urban public spaces – a nature reserve in the middle of Jerusalem,” Mayor Nir Barkat said at the opening of the park last month.

“Gazelle Valley is one of the biggest and most important Jerusalem projects in recent years, representing above all community involvement in the city and the power of joint brainstorming and planning by City Hall and residents.

“For us, the Gazelle Valley project represents the direction in which we want to take the city: developing Jerusalem’s green spaces together and in partnership with the community and with the backing of many municipal entities working to enhance the environment and protect Jerusalem’s natural assets.”

If you’re in Israel and looking for something to do during the intermediate days of Passover, check out the new Gazelle Park in Jerusalem. It’s located in the city’s southwestern corner at the foot of Highway 50 (Begin Boulevard) and Pat Junction.

You won’t be disappointed.

Hana Levi Julian

Kippah Clip Ultimate Religious Engineer’s Tool

Monday, February 11th, 2013

My 14 year old son was very excited when he saw this yesterday, and made sure to point it out to me:

Making a play on words from the “Leatherman (TM)” multi-use pliers tool,  the joke of the knitted kippa crowd is calling the ubiquitous kippa clip — the “LeatherDOS.”  I’ve posted about it before here — when it (as a joke) was featured in an ad for  the “Srugim” TV show.

But now it has become a reality. Makor Rishon’s “Motzash” magazine discussed this product this past weekend, as did Ma’ariv/NRG. I’ve translated part of the NRG article:

Much to everyone’s surprise, Yaakov Goldberg (who isn’t religious and doesn’t wear a kippa) —  an industrial-design student at the Holon Technical College decided to change the LeatherDOS from a joke to an actual product.

“For years I dreamed of an ‘upgraded’ kippa clip and I always saw my religious friends using their kippa clip for all sorts of things.  I decided to take the idea one step forward and prove that one can truly use a kippa clip for any use.  Within the framework of my studies, we needed to create something from metal, and this was an excellent opportunity to turn my dream into reality.”

During its development stage, Goldberg surveyed his religious friends and collated a long list of possible uses for the clip and chose the most “practical” — knife, screwdrivers, coin replacement for shopping carts.  To date, he has only made 85 of the clips and is selling them for 25 NIS each.  “I know that the regular clip costs about 1 NIS…but everyone who has seen this so far is excited about it and willing to pay the higher price. My costs are high, but if the idea catches on, hopefully I will be able to lower the price,”  Two of the clips have already been sold on ebay to U.S. buyers for the full price.

One day he believes his clip will become the common one for kippa wearers, and he would even want to combine it with USB/disk on key functionality.  Goldberg says he needs to consult with a rabbi about the possible “muktza” issues for wearing a USB kippa clip on shabbat (or a multi-tool clip).

We wish Goldberg lots of success — as this item sounds like a winner!  You can follow the Leatherdos and get more information from his facebook page.

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Jameel@Muqata

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/muqata/ultimate-tool-for-the-religious-engineer-the-kippah-clip/2013/02/11/

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