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An extract from a class email about Jerusalem

Notes in the Western Wall (Nofar) Jerusalem is formed of two parts: the old city, and the new city. In the old city there are important historical monuments for the Jewish people like the Western Wall and David's Tower. The Western Wall is the only wall that we have from the huge temple that was built thousands of years ago. David's Tower is where we have the grave of King David, the second king of Israel who built Jerusalem.

There are also many important places for the Moslems and Christians. That's the reason Jerusalem is called the City of the Three Religions.

Extract of email from Nofar to students in Australia

I want to tell you about Israel; it's a beautiful country. We have the Western Wall, a holy place to the Jewish, people put notes there with wishes. We believe that someday all the wishes will come true. (Nofar) ... Cesarea is an old city built at the time when the Romans ruled. The old amphitheater of Cesarea is very beautiful and interesting! (Nofar and Michal)

Michal G's reply to an email from Indiana, USA

I want to tell you about our travels. We like to travel in the north of Israel. There is a small lake called Cineret. Our drinking water is from this lake. We like to walk along the Banyas river. This is a beautiful and interesting river. There are a lot of birds and trees there. We like to travel in the biggest mountain in all of the country - the Golan. It's a wonderful place with no noise. You can see from there beautiful views that you will not see elsewhere.

Michal G's email about the south of the country

Do you know something about the south of Israel? Do you know about Eilat or Be'er Sheva? Be'er Sheva is a big city, but there are no travelers there. In Eilat there are a lot of travelers. There is a beach, and near the beach there are a lot of hotels. There are a lot of things that you can do in Eilat: travel in the mountains, go to a little museum about the Red Sea, go to the Eilat's mall and go to the beautiful beach.You can dive in Eilat, and a lot of people travel to Eilat to dive there. There is a big and popular mall in Eilat, it's called Mall Of The Sea and In Front Of The Sea.

There are little communities in the south, and there are a lot of Bedouins in the Negev. The Negev is a desert. It's called Tzin Desert. Eilat is not in the Negev, but Be'er Sheva is in the Negev. In Be'er Sheva there are big buildings and companies like in others cities, Be'er Sheva does not look like the desert. There is a big University in Be'er Sheva. Its called Ben-Gurion University. Ben Gurion was our first prime minister.

The Dead Sea

In Israel we have many beaches and many seas. The seas are: the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea and the Dead Sea. There is a very nice legend that explains why the Dead Sea so salty: One man had a jug, a very special jug, because when he said a secret code, this jug gave him salt and when he said enother code, the jug stopped. One day, a man came to the place where the man with the special jug lived. He heard about the famous jug, and wanted to buy it from its owners because in his country, salt was very expensive. He paid for the jug and the owner told him the secret code for making the jug give salt, but the man didn't wait and he didn't hear the code to stop the jug giving salt. So when the man was on his boat, he was impatient and said the secret code. The jug gave him a lot of salt but the man didn't know how to stop it. The boat was full of salt and it began to sink. So the man threw the jug to the sea and the jug filled the sea with salt. And some people say, the jug is still in the sea, and no one knows how to stop it.

Extract from email sent by Michal A - Kibbutz

.... Israel is a very very small country, with towns, not big. There are municipalities, for the cities, and there are local municipalities, which are small settlements. There is another kind of place. It is called Kibbutz. This kind only exists here. The pioneers, when they came, in the beginning of the last century, thought it would be easier to make the Kibbutz. The Kibbutz is a place where the residents work together, sharing the money and the food. Our city, Petach Tikva, is a regular city, with a regular municipality, not like the Kibbutz. The first colony in Israel is at Petach Tikva, it's called Em Hamoshavot.

Email about food eaten in Israel

The Falafel is like a minced meatball, but it isnít made of meat. Itís made only of vegetable and filled with soya. This soya filling makes you think that these balls are made of meat. The Falafel is usually eaten in a pita (a kind of bread that has like a pocket. In this pocket you can put Falafel and many other things, and then you can eat them more comfortable), with salad and sauces. One of the sauces is called Thina and it is made of sesame.

Other special food is the Shawarma. It is originally made of sheep meat but it can be prepared also from turkey and chicken meat. We put the spiced meat on a kind of stick that turns around all the time in a hot oven. When the meat is ready it is cut into small pieces and served in a Pita with salad, sauces and chips (if you want).

The Jahnun is a kind of pie that is made on a small fire for 24 hours long. We eat the Jahnun with tomato sauce and boiled egg. This food comes from Yemen.

The Melawah is a kind of fried pancake but it isnít sweet, itís salty. The Melawah is made of paste and eaten with tomato sauce.

We have a lot of plantations: we have oranges, apples and olives.

Email from Afik, Alon and Tal

We live in Israel and the holidays are in 2 weeks. The Jewish New Year is the first one, we take apples and put them in honey and eat, and we like it very much.

In our culture there is lots of food. Humus is spread on bread or pita. Falafel is like meat balls and we put it in a pita.

Extracts from emails about holidays to China

"Now we are celebrating the beginning of the Jewish New Year. To celebrate this we have a big meal where we eat a head of a fish, so we will always be in the front and not in the end, we eat apple with honey, because we want to have a sweet year like honey, and pomegranate, because we want to do many good things this year, as many as the pomegranate's kernels."

"Today, is the last day on the Rosh Hashana holiday. Rosh Hashana is the first day of the Jewish year. The months of our year are: Tishrei, Heshvan, Kislev, Tevet, Shvat, Adar, Nisan, Iyar, Sivan, Tamuz, Av, Elul. On Tishrei, we have three holidays: Rosh Hashana, Yom Kipur and Sukkot."

"After this celebration we have a sad day. It's called Yom Kippur. On this day we ask God and all the people we hurt, to forgive us, so we will be clean of sins when we enter the New Year. To show our regrets we don't eat a day long. Only the girls less than 12 years old and the boys less than 13 years old are excluded of this rule. We have many other holidays during the year such as Passover and others."

"After Yom Kippur, we have the last holiday at Tishrei. The holiday's name is Sukkot. On this holiday we make a Sukka with a lot of decorations. In the Sukka we put Hadas, Lulav, Etrog and Arava. The Hadas, Lulav and Arava are branches of trees, and Etrog is a fruit, but we can't eat it."

A reply to an email from California about Sukkot

A long time ago, our forefathers that escaped from Egypt, lived in what is called a sukka; it's like a house that is built from trees that could be found in the desert. (Afik, Alon and Tal)

Information about Sukkot

Thousands of years ago, the Jewish people migrated to Egypt. The Pharaohs liked the Jewish people because they helped them so they lived in Egypt for a long time and were appreciated for all they did. Later, one Pharaoh, worried that the Jewish people would try to conquer his country, made them into slaves. At one time all the boys were thrown into the River Nile to prevent the formation of an army. But there was a clever woman who gave birth to a boy and kept his existence secret until he began crying loud. To keep him hidden she made him an ark and put it in the Nile. The Pharaoh's daughter found the boy and called him Moses. Moses was destined to lead the Jewish people out of Egypt. Moses and the people walked 40 years in the desert until they reached Israel. On their journey they lived in huts and in Hebrew a hut is a Sukka. Sukkot is the plural. This holiday remembers the Sukkot that our ancestors built. On this holiday we build Sukkots and stay in them to understand their feelings.

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