Living in Zion
July 4, 2004
By Avi Green
So whatís it like to live in Israel, ever since me and my family
first took up residence here when I was nine?
My family first came here at the end of 1983, when I was nine years
old, and as our first place of residence, we lived in Kfar Adumim
out in the Judean desert.
It was a very nice place to live, if being out in the country is
what you like. Plus, no crimes like burglaries to have to deal with,
and there was a nice school in the area too.
The small house
we lived in was set above a mountainside where there was, way at the
bottom, a river, and once, with one of the school classes there, I
went on a trip downhill to visit the area below. It was pretty nice,
and I would recommend going on a trip there, for anyone whoís keen
on taking trips out in the country.
There was also a horse stable where rides could be taken near the
village, and Iíd been there a couple of times to take some on horses
In 1985, we moved over to Jerusalem, and lived in the northeastern
end for many years, where we met and befriended a couple of families
too, and that too was a pretty good place to live.
When it comes to the Old City area, the places to go to tour there
are the Western Wall, the ďBurnt HouseĒ, and thereís plenty more,
but that takes me too long to have to think of now.
And over in Tel Aviv, by the sea in Yafo, and very recommended for
visiting, is the Etzel Museum,
which was one of the secret HQs of the revolutionary movement that
fought against the British occupation in the country. Itís a small
but very facinating structure that includes a screening room for
documentaries and even books.
And then, uptown, thereís the Jabotinsky institute, which in fact,
is located not far from a small comics store that recently opened up
in the neighborhood on King George Street in TA. Itís a very
facinating center where the history of Jaboís legacy can be found.
In Hebron, thereís the
legendary Cave of the Patriarches, where Abraham lived and built his
farm, with farming being the main career that people had in those
ancient times. Thatís where life, as we know it, all began for the
most part, since itís said to possibly be built over the Garden of
Over in what may be the lowest area of the world in ground, there's
the Dead Sea, the sea so full of salt, you may be able to float upon
it! It's been the best place where to make cosmetic materials from,
and a grand tourist attraction, with an excellent hotel resort and a
couple of kibbutz neighborhoods built in the area, plus, the best
place where I've enjoyed going to, is the waterfall park, where one
can spend the whole day in and among the streams of water pouring
from around the mountains. And it's along the way to Eilat, where
I've also spent some swell vacations in, and which is also a popular
tourist attraction in Israel.
Then, up in the
north, thereís the Tel-Chai fortress where Joseph Trumpledor stood
his ground in the late 18th century against Arab bandits in Israel.
And over in the east, thereís Herodís fortress, which is where an
ancient winery was stored.
In the Golan Heights, thereís plenty of greenery to see, and waterfalls, and itís a pleasure to
visit there too. Having once been there myself, even to the ski
resort, I can tell you that it was a pleasure to visit.
Then, down below, thereís Tiberius, which is located around the
Kinerret lake, our great water reservoir, where I once stayed at in
a youth hostel. This was the place where Israel's first king, Saul,
was slain in battle on Mount Gilboa. Further in the direction of the
sea, there's our port town, Haifa, the oldest sea port in Israel,
and also Afula, the place where peanut farms are kept.
Itís all a great place to see and visit, and I hope that everyone
reading can get the chance to check it all out for themselves. To
travel around here is such a marvelous thing, if and when you can
try it out.
Copyright 2004 Avi Green. All rights reserved.
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