Sunday, August 21, 2005

Family trip to the North

I spent 3 weeks in Israel with my are some wonderful memories...

Baron Edmond James de Rothschild was a French Jew who made many investments in Israel and helped young Jewish settlements develop at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. He contributed financially, culturally, politically and spiritually to Israel. His burial site is beautiful:

Next, we went to the Carmel Mizrahi winery, that makes delicious kosher wine! (in order to be kosher, the grapes have to be treated a certain way). Rothschild helped Jewish families set up vineyards in Zichron Ya'acov in order to provide jobs:

The view from the town of Zichron Ya'acov is breathtaking:

My mother took us to visit her friend at Kibbutz Mishmar Ha'Emek (a kibbutz is a communal settlement where the Zionistic idea of working the land came from. A kibbutz is a socialist community that believes in cooperation and equality). Therefore, everyone must pitch in operating the kibbutz, and all outside salaries are given to the kibbutz. Every family is given a house and an annual stipend depending on size. Meals are eaten jointly. Here are some pictures of the dining hall and the cow farm (where they raise hundreds of their own cows):

Israel is home to many faiths, amongst them, the Bahai Faith. It started in Iran about 150 years ago, and has spread all over the world. There are Bahais of every culture, race, religion and social background. It is a monotheistic and peaceful religion that believes in the unity of religion (that there is only one religion, the religion of God) and that life is a process of spiritual growth and development. The Bahai World Centre is in two cities in Israel, Acco and Haifa. We went to the Bahai Gardens in Haifa. It is absolutely beautiful and perfectly symmetric:


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