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Israel elects – Elections day 2013

   Posted by: Alon   in Blog

Shalom all,

Today, Tuesday the 22nd, Israeli citizens go to the polls for the general elections to the Knesset (Israeli parliament). There are 120 seats and the about 30 different parties are competing for them. Usually the head of the party with most seats gets the right to form a coalition with other parties (at least 61 seats) and if he or she succeeds – he or she become the prime minister.

The process itself is pretty simple and straightforward. Each Israeli 18 years of age or older goes (if he chooses to) to the polls, stands behind a screen for privacy and confidentiality, and chooses one of the ballots, each one represents a party.

Israel elects - Ballots


The ballot is then placed in an envelope and sealed (still behind the screen) and then the envelope is placed into a securely closed poll.


and that’s it! At 10 PM the polls close, and the people in charge tally the votes. At 10 PM the news shows give their predictions based on their surveys and polls, which are usually pretty accurate.

Before I finish this post, I just want to share Google’s Doodle in the local version of the search engine, special for this day:


I like it! Well done!


Happy elections day and Shalom from the Holy Land 🙂



A quick update for the new Shana

   Posted by: Alon   in Blog

Shalom all!

As you probably know, this evening we bid farewell to the 5772nd Jewish year – Tash’ab, and welcome with open arms the 5773rd year, Tash’ag.

I thought I’d take a moment to write my blessings for the new year and also let you know what has been going on with Tweet Your Prayer @TheKotel in recent months and what is planned for the future.

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been tweeting regularly from @TheKotel’s account in past months. I have been dealing with a several burdens in my personal life, which has been very demanding in many respects, including time-wise. Unfortunately, and it pains me to write, one of the compromises I had to make in order to keep my head above water was with the daily tweeting and sharing of news, sights and views from the Holy Land. However, prayers were, and are, still processed and placed in the Western-Wall (with great help from good people in Jerusalem). That was my top priority. I had to make concessions, and I chose delivering prayers as a top priority, over communicating and spreading the message of @TheKotel across the web. It just made sense that the least I could do was to keep what exists working.

I tried letting other people tweet from @TheKotel’s account, hoping they would fill in the void I left, until the time arrives when I’m able to tweet myself again. That didn’t work out too well, I’m afraid.

My goal for the new year is to resume tweeting, facebooking and communicating with all of you, and take @TheKotel to new heights. Your support and love over the years is making me strong, and I appreciate it. I’m confident that in Tash’ag Tweet Your Prayers @TheKotel would see wonderful things :).


And now, a few words for the new Jewish year.

May we have a year of happiness.

A year of success.

A year of love and health.

A year in which others see the beauty in us and in themselves.

A year with protection, when no threats lie above and one man accepts the other for who he is.

A year in which we accept the bad with the good, keeping our chin up and a smile on.

A year of peace, and of free hugs (and lots of them).

A year in which we achieve our goals – our personal goals, our goals as a spouse, a parent, a child and a collective in a peace seeking society.

A year of sweetness, like the sweet and incredibly yummy Challah my mother baked for Rosh HaShana, pictured below 🙂


All the best from the Holy Land & Shana Tova! 🙂


Mom's yummy Challah for Rosh HaShana!

Mom’s yummy Challah for Rosh HaShana!


Push to add drama – Israeli version

   Posted by: Alon   in Blog

Hello all,

A few weeks ago a campaign for a cable channel went viral online and got quite a few views on YouTube. It’s called “Push to add drama” and if you haven’t seen it already, it’s an enjoyable watch. Here it is:



A couple of clever young Israelis added their take on the drama button to YouTube. It’s short and to the point. After watching the original video, have a look at this one:




Northern Israel Photos

   Posted by: Alon   in Blog

I recently took a trip up north and took a few photos I’d like to share. I added them below for you to enjoy!

What you’re seeing is the Betzet Stream, Achziv beach, Rosh Hanikra and the grottoes, Goren park and the Monfort Castle.


Tour the Kotel Plaza with Google Street View!

   Posted by: Alon   in Blog

Google’s street view cars hit the streets of Israel a couple of months ago, carefully indexing the Holy Land. Apparently, they somehow found their way to the Western-Wall Plaza too! Have a look:


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