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In Nissan we bless the blossoming fruit trees — Here’s Shmuel (Video)

It’s Nissan, the month of redemption,  and everyone is busily preparing for Pesach. But there is another important and very special mitzvah we do here in Israel in Nissan: The blessing of fruit trees in blossom. Here’s a video of me in our garden...

Confidence in Future of Israeli Economy

My friend Yoram Ettinger just sent out a report on the long term confidence in the Israeli economy. When reading the international economic news, it’s quite jarring to see how well Israel is doing… pooh, pooh, pooh. Here are some of the amazing...

This is Your Life – Vintage 1961 Episode of the Veffer family

It was my father's yahrtzeit this week. So I decided to rewatch this 1961 TV episode of "This is Your Life" reliving the story of how he and his family miraculously survived the war by hiding in Holland for three years from the Nazis. It's a mini Purim story...

“Most Luxurious” Seafront Penthouse in Israel

We visited this amazing two-story penthouse in Netanya about 2 years ago while it was under construction. It is custom designed and custom furnished, complete with outdoor pool, indoor sauna and every imaginable luxury. Thought you might like to see how...

Snow in Jerusalem – Time to plant in the Galilee (Video)

While Jerusalem is expecting snow this Shabbat, the Galilee is blooming! In the Yavne’el Valley we’re at about sea level. The winter rains have done their job of turning the hills and valley green, and the almond trees are beginning to...

Economist predicting Israel house prices to go up

Last week we reported that the Bank of Israel dropped interest rates but were hoping it wouldn’t affect housing prices. However, one leading economist has already spotted an upward trend. Haim Natan, Chief Economist with Menorah Mivtachim, comments that...

Interest Rates Down — Will Housing Prices Go Up?

The Bank of Israel dropped interest rates by a quarter of a point to 2.5%. Usually as interest rates go down, housing prices go up, but the Bank of Israel hopes that won’t be the case this time. The central bank is hoping that the recent softening of...

Rare 1913 film of Trumpeldor at Migdal

Here’s a rare film from 1913 showing a one-armed Joseph Trumpeldor plowing a field in Migdal shortly after he arrived in Israel from Russia. You can see the Arbel mountain and the Kinneret in the background. Trumpeldor was the most highly decorated...

Dollar up – Prices Down – Here’s an example

After checking this morning, the US dollar was 3.54 shekels a year ago. Today it’s 3.78. That’s an increase of 6.7%. At the same time, the real estate boom has slowed and prices have dropped on average 3.7% in the last four months (more in...

Chana with a Grapefruit in the Olive Orchard

We were looking at some farms in Migdal for a client and spent some time walking through olive, grapefruit and mango orchards. It was a beautiful and even spiritual experience. Here’s Chana enjoying a lucious grapefruit and explaining how she’s...

Tsfat – Safed Artist’s Quarter (Video)

When you are visiting the Galilee and staying with us at Villa Rimona Zimmers, it’s a short drive to Tsfat.  After visiting all the historic sites including the Ancient Synagogues, graves of the Tzaddikim and the Ari’s Mikvah, take some time out...

Take a ride on the new Jerusalem light rail train (video)

During the summer we had reason to be in Jerusalem in the middle of a bunch of family simchas. Wow, has Jaffa Road changed now that the new light rail train is operating. It's actually RELAXING to have a cup of coffee at an outdoor cafe without the...

Country-wide Protests against Housing Shortage

Prime Minister Netanyahu cancelled a trip to eastern Europe to deal with the growing tent-city protests around the country demanding a solution to the housing crisis for young couples. It’s become almost impossible for a young couple to purchase an...

Fischer: Israel Home prices may double in 5 years

The good news is that Israel’s economy is probably the strongest it’s ever been. - GDP grew 4.7% in 2010. - GDP projection for 2011 is 5% and 2012 is 4.2 % (conservatively). - Unemployment has fallen to an all time low of 6% closing in on full...

Land of honey and almond paste

Have you ever seen a Marzipan Elvis? Just down the road from us is a unique family attraction – the Marzipan Museum at Kfar Tavor. Part of the new visitor center at the popular Tavor Winery it’s a fun activity for the whole family. There are...

Finance Minister tries to get professional offices out of residential properties.

In a strange but creative way to increase the supply of residential housing, the Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz is offering an incentive for professionals to sell homes that they purchased to house their practices. “Currently, 50,000 apartments or...

Hamat Gader – Hot Springs – Parrot Show – Aligator Park – Roman Antiquities

One of the most beautiful and popular health retreats in the Roman Empire was the spa at Hamat Gader on the southern ascent to the Golan Heights. Today you can see the remains of the incredible Roman Baths and an ancient amphitheatre. The popular modern hot...

Israel Economists: Interest rates to rise and Dollar to fall

If you are holding US dollars, now might be a good time to invest in Israel Real estate. Many people are expecting Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer (who is a candidate to be the new head of the IMF) to raise the interest rates gradually throughout the...

Highway 98 – Golan Heights – Stunning Vistas – Exciting Switchbacks

If you love Highway 1 on the California coast, then you’ll love Highway 98 descending the Golan Heights from the top of the mountains down to Hamat Gader on the way back to Tiberias. We recommend driving on the road from top to bottom (north to...

Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel Independence Day

My Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Noah Weinberg zt’l used to say that the State of Israel was the greatest gift that the Almighty gave to the Jewish People in 2000 years. What an opportunity to build a society in our homeland based on Torah values! Well after 2000...
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