Monday, January 07, 2008

Kibbutz Ramat Rahel (Where we stayed.)

View from Ramat Rahel Jerusalem Israel View from our balcony.
On the grounds are many old farm relics from when the kibbutz was more agrairan. (It is now mainly a hotel/cafeteria/wedding site - I think.) It is especially a cafeteria on Shabbat, restaurants are not generally open, because all food stuffs must be prepared before sundown on Friday & kept warm by a flame that is lit before sundown. Since the cafeteria is part of a hotel, they have food prepared for their guests already. Another tidbit is that you can not "pay" for the meal on Shabbat, so the people on the busses are given cards to hand in to the cashier (those of us with hotel rooms use our room number). The lines were very long on Saturday afternoon for lunch & It was somewhat obvious that one group was Spanish, while the next was Vegeterian with an English accent. (I had to explain that since the hot meal being offered had meat that there was no butter in the vegetables that he was choosing.)
Ramat Rahel Jerusalem Israel
Plow at Ramat Rahel in Jerusalem Israel
In 1948 & 1949, it was the southern most Israeli defense point during the war of Independence & there are still trenches and outposts from that time period on the grounds.
Out post and trenches from the War of Independence (1948-9) at Ramat Rahel in Jerusalem Israel
Outpost and trenches from the war of Independence (1948-9) Ramat Rahel Jerusalem Israel
There is also an archaeological dig site:
Digs at Ramat Rahel Jerusalem Israel
digs at Ramat Rahel Jerusalem Israel
Psalm This Psalm was near the road shown above, you could see "something" from the barrier, but I could not make out what it was. Yes, I climbed over the barrier to get this photo. I still wonder about its placement... Also this Hebrew is quite odd in that is shows the vowels (the dots below & with in the letters)... You may have noticed a lack of vowels on the other signs. Like the one at the top of this post (with the farm equipment - BTW the only line I know is the middle one - it says "Ramat Rahel").
Also on the Kibbutz are two memorials:
Spiral View Point in Memory of Yair Engel, many plaques around the edge pointed out locations &/or stated things that happened near this location.
Spiral View Point in Memory of Yair Engel, many plaques around the edge pointed out locations &/or stated things that happened near this location.
A couple of the other plaques around the center:
Spiral View Point in Memory of Yair Engel, many plaques around the edge pointed out locations &/or stated things that happened near this location.
Spiral View Point in Memory of Yair Engel, many plaques around the edge pointed out locations &/or stated things that happened near this location.
Spiral View Point in Memory of Yair Engel, many plaques around the edge pointed out locations &/or stated things that happened near this location.
The other memorial:
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Olive Columns at Ramat Rahel in Jerusalem Israel

7 comments:

Shelina said...

Thanks for sharing all these pictures with us Amy. It is nice to be able to armchair travel.

Catherine said...

What a treat to see all these photos.
They're wonderful to see! Thanks for sharing.

GRACE said...

amy, as a christian, my "visit" to the holy land via your photos is especially meaningful; i will probably never get there in person...thanks for showing photos of your vacation..


cityquilter grace, a friend of Israel and the Jewish nation

Jeanne said...

Amy, the pictures are all awesome! So much to see and photograph. Thank you for sharing your visit.

atet said...

Oh, oh, oh! Ok -- you're the nature girl, but me? give me a set of ruins and/or a museum any day of the week -- and oh boy did you get to see some good ones! Oh man, thanks for taking us along with your photos! Incredible!

Susan said...

Amy, just wanted you to know I have been enjoying your AWESOME pictures from your trip! thanks for taking us along

Pieces of Me said...

The reason for the vowels is that the psalms reflect Biblical Hebrew.