Sunday, February 20, 2011


Just a Few Quick Photos of the Holy Land

by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths

I’m one of those kind of people that usually goes around with a camera handy.  This way if a site or scene strikes me as photo worthy, I’m ready with a reasonable ability to capture it.

For the past few weeks I’ve been home sick and only getting out for doctor visits and similar events, so when I’ve caught a sight all I’ve had available has been my cell phone.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the quality – though it’s still no comparison to a decent pocket camera.

Winter Moonrise and Sunset in Beitar Illit and Little Boy – West Bank (Yehuda), Israel


This one came out a bit blurry due to the fading light versus a cell phone lens size, but the bright color contrasts are cool.

Supermarket with Chassidic Shopper – Beitar Illit, West Bank (Yehuda), Israel


Between Lod and Tel Aviv and next to Ben Gurion Airport is Kfar Chabad (Chabad Village).  It’s a farming and chassidic enclave between two cities. 

Neighborhood Field Greens Up with Donkey – Kfar Chabad, Central Israel


This one’s a bit blurry and requires some explanation.  Beitar Illit is an ultra-orthodox town in the West Bank – Yehuda section of Israel.  We can assume normally the women of the family do the grocery shopping while the men are working or learning Torah, and this grocery store is a bit narrow and crowded.  So they’ve instituted a “Men’s Only Check out Line” to prevent men who need to shop from getting squeezed into a crowd of women.

Protect The Men at the Grocery Store – Rami Levi Supermarket Checkout Line, Beitar Illit, West Bank (Yehuda), Israel

The sign says, “Checkout 1 – Men Only, Please Observe This (Community) Regulation”.  Note the chassidic man (black hat, beard) in the line has his wife standing next to him, so much for that. 



  1. Yes, the photos are really good, very good for a cell phone cam. Thank you for posting them, they are always cool.

  2. Hey, it took me a while to figure out the Express lane in the Shefa Shuk/YESH. But thanks for taking the pictures. I wonder if those people minded being shot the candid-camera style... :~)


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