Happy Hanukkah: Second Candle

Zach and Grace smile after lighting second candle.

Zach and Grace smile after lighting second candle.

Happy Hanukkah: First Candle

Grace lights the first candle as Zach watches.

Grace lights the first candle as Zach watches.

Happy New Year – Shana Tova!

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Want to Live in Israel?

Artichokes ready for harvest.

Artichokes ready for harvest.

Have you ever thought about living in Israel, but didn’t know how you could do so? Ever thought of volunteering on an Israeli farm, working the “Land of Milk and Honey”? WWOOF ISRAEL provides a framework to do just that?

Through WWOOF you can access a list of farms that accept volunteer help from two day to six months. Each volunteer is required to work 5 days per week and will receive room and board in return, as well as the opportunity to live in Israel for a period of time.

A registration fee is required (NIS 160/270 single/couple) to join WWOOF, after which you can get the listing and contact details for participating farms.

If you are interested and/or have more questions you may want to check out their FAQ page.

NOTE: This information is offered for informational purposes only. No guarantees of any kind are offered or implied by Discipleship Travel LLC.

Heavy Rains Now – Snow on the Way

Israel has been blessed with an unusually wet winter already, and severe rain has been experienced all over the country since Saturday. However, the rain is expected to turn to snow beginning as early as Wednesday PM. That means you may see scenes like these:

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Mt. Hermon covered in snow. Photo courtesy of BiblePlaces.com

One of the most common questions asked about the climate/weather in Israel is, “Does it ever snow?” Many are surprised to hear that it does actually snow in Israel, and that Israel has a ski area in the Golan Heights on Mt. Hermon, which is on the northern border that is shared with Lebanon and Syria. By the way, there is a clue in the Bible that Israel gets snow: Isaiah 1:18, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made whiter than snow.”

You can find out more about this ski area, listed by Popular Mechanics as one of “The World’s 18 Strangest Ski Resorts,” at the Ski Hermon website.

Mt. of Olives cemetery with snow. Photo courtesy of BiblePlaces.com

Mt. of Olives cemetery with snow. Photo courtesy of BiblePlaces.com

Every other year or so, the higher elevations of the country also get snow, sometimes pretty heavy snows.

In this photo, the cemetery on the Mt of Olives has a nice blanket of snow. In the distance, you can see the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem.

If you are interested to know more about the weather in Israel, you can see The Weather Channel’s 10-day forecast here.

All of the precipitation is good news. Not only does it mean stunningly beautiful touring in the late winter and spring, it also replenishes the Sea of Galilee, which has reached dangerously low water levels.