Sunday – Shavuah Tov!


A view of the Negev – desert – in the south of Israel.

Today I snapped the photo above from the bus I was riding in.  As you can see, the desert is flourishing, as Israel plants more and more vegetation.  I am told that the dew is enough moisture to sustain them.

Views of the new Eilat Ramon airport, named after the Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, who was killed in the Columbia accident in 2003, and  his son, Assaf Ramon, who was killed in a routine training accident in 2009 at age 21.  He had just completed pilot training with the Israeli Air Force.  It is scheduled to open in early 2018, which is behind schedule. This airport will replace the current airport which is located in Eilat proper.  It will have a longer runway to handle larger planes.

Every day I see the miracles which take place in Israel.  The flowering of the desert, the building and growth, the new immigrants, even while being surrounded by enemies on every side.  We are so blessed to live here and to be here in these times.

I did also want to relay to you what I saw today.  There was a minibus off the side of the road which had driven into a ditch.  There were 3 Arab men there.  One was in the driver’s seat and the other 2 were giving directions.  All the Arab women, in burkas, were pushing the minivan!!  Yes, that really happened.

7 thoughts on “Sunday – Shavuah Tov!”

  1. i so admire the progress israel makes and the organic farming and amazing keeping of cattle, chicken etc i learn about from a farming friend in israel. psalm 23 comes to my mind! wishing you peace and safety in your everyday, most of all total success in bringing in the lost sheep to faith in our messiah!

    1. Thank you and blessings! We are so happy to spread the Word here in Israel! Baruch’s teaching is getting more and more views on Youtube and Vimeo and the distribution of the Discipleship Manual is going well.

  2. Oh, Rivka! My heart goes out to those poor women. What a culture of bondage and degradation. 🙁

    Avinu shabashamayim is working through the Israeli people to make the desert bloom again. How beautiful!

    1. Dear Abigail. I believe several people have misinterpreted this picture. These women are on their way to the beach. They wear swimsuits at the beach. They dress modestly while out in public of course, but wear swimsuits while in the presence of just women at the separate beach. It is not bondage. Blessings!

      1. Oh, yes, dear Rivka! I LIKE the modesty part! I WISH more women dressed modestly at the beach. Even when we lived near the ocean, we only went on cold days because of the lack of modesty in the women. Neither of us felt comfortable seeing it. We do not attend pool parties for the same reason.

        I was referring to the poor Arab women having to push the minivan while their Arab men were doing nothing! The moment I read that, my heart went out to them. I really should have been clearer. Sorry!

        1. Ah, yes, my misunderstanding! You are right, it was a sad sight to see. On my computer, your comment came up next to the photo, and I made an assumption. Sorry. Shabbat Shalom to you!

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