Jaffa: An Aerial View

Drone photography and video really enables us to see things from an amazing perspective!  Take a look at this quick aerial tour of the fishing port of Jaffa, a section of the modern unified municipality known as Tel Aviv-Yafo.

NOTE:  Maybe it’s just me, but the music in this video seemed a bit loud.  So be prepared to turn your volume down as needed.

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Redefining the Temple Mount

Dear Hubby and I were just discussing how we’ve noticed a definite shift in terminology being used in news reports and from world leaders.  No longer are many using the term “the Temple Mount” but rather the Islamic moniker “Haram Ash Sharif” or “Haram al-Sharif”.  Naturally, we find this a disturbing sign of the times.  Take a few minutes to read the article below for one possible explanation.

Breaking Israel News article from July 27, 2017

Commanded to Remember the Sabbath, Not Establish It

Notice the wording of the fourth commandment, if you haven’t previously.  It does not establish a new commandment but says to “remember” something they had known about before.  The word used in Hebrew is “zakar” meaning to recall something from the past.

Go back to Genesis chapter 2.  The Sabbath was set apart and established at Creation not at Mount Sinai.  It is, therefore, for all peoples, not just Hebrews, Israelites, or Jews.  He says it is a SIGN of those who trust in Him.

Remember the day, Shabbat, to set it apart for God.  You have six days to labor and do all your work,  but the seventh day is a Shabbat for Adonai your God. On it, you are not to do any kind of work — not you, your son or your daughter, not your male or female slave, not your livestock, and not the foreigner staying with you inside the gates to your property.  For in six days, Adonai made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. This is why Adonai blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for himself.  ~~ Exodus 20: 8-11

Adonai said to Moshe, “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘You are to observe my Shabbats; for this is a sign between me and you through all your generations; so that you will know that I am Adonai, who sets you apart for me.  Therefore you are to keep my Shabbat, because it is set apart for you. Everyone who treats it as ordinary must be put to death; for whoever does any work on it is to be cut off from his people.  On six days work will get done; but the seventh day is Shabbat, for complete rest, set apart for Adonai. Whoever does any work on the day of Shabbat must be put to death. The people of Isra’el are to keep the Shabbat, to observe Shabbat through all their generations as a perpetual covenant.  It is a sign between me and the people of Isra’el forever; for in six days Adonai made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day he stopped working and rested.’” ~~ Exodus 31: 12-17

Information Age

For several decades now we have been living in an era called “the Information Age”.  With the Internet and other technology there has never been, in the history of mankind, the volume of information now available to anyone wishing to find it.  (Whether that “stuff” that we call “information” is true and valid is another conversation completely!)  Has this increase in knowledge improved the planet?  Has this plethora of data availability increased happiness and contentment?  Has the Information Age brought about a perfect world or utopia?

Remember the curses involved when Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?  They were commanded just one command, don’t eat from that one tree, and they rebelled.  We all tend to think that knowledge is good.  But think about the innocence of a child.  When does that innocence and joy go away?  When they gain knowledge…  That dog bit me for no reason!  That kid hit me!  That person called me a bad name!  People can be mean when I don’t deserve it.  People don’t always do what they say they’ll do. 

Is there any wonder that as we get older, the knowledge that we commonly call “living life” and going “around the block” brings in frustration, cynicism, bitterness, and general grief and suffering?  King Solomon put it succinctly…

For in much wisdom is much grief; the more knowledge, the more suffering. ~~ Ecclesiastes 1: 18

Maybe Eve’s quest for knowledge seems admirable to some today.  On some level we can all relate.  We just “want to know” and “want to understand”.  But just as her desire caused unimaginable grief, so can ours.  Be careful what you wish for and seek after.  Some things are simply not for us to know.  Yes, NOT.  FOR.  US.  TO.  KNOW.  and that is ok.