The World On A Slant

Mitzpeh Ramon was great, a real gem in the desert. Mitzpeh Ramon is considered the “biggest hole” in Israel since it is the farthest town from any city; Beer Sheva is an hour and a half away by car This distance creates a really unique, quiet environment which we found very relaxing and comfortable. Nachum and Gila,…

Nava’s Shabbat Reflection IV

Dear friends and family. I write to you sitting on the side of the road waiting for an angel to pick us up and bring us to our destination for Shabbat. Yoella is standing with her hand out trying different creative methods to get people to stop for us. There is a puppy dog face…

When the going gets tough, the tough get going

The Shkutai family has tents and outdoor washrooms set up for hikers that stop by. Here was our abode! Shabbat was perfect. As the sun went down, we milked the last goat on the Shkutai family farm on Moshav Tzofar in the Southern Negev. The parents, Eliyahu and Gilia found religion recently and live very…

Nava’s Shabbat Reflections III

Dearest friends and family, I write to you from what looks like a burst of green in the middle of the golden desert. I am sitting on a straw chair in a small farm in the Arava desert called Tzofar. Here we will be spending Shabbat with the family and volunteers of the farm. Siting…

Update: Tu Bishvat Edition

Hey folks! Reporting to you under the stars of Nahal Barack in the Arava desert, soaking up the energy from the full moon; our stomachs satisfied by our most recent gourmet delight, grilled sandwiches and hot roasted granola. We’ve been trying to be creative with all the dried fruit that we’ve accumulated from every Tu’Bishvat…

“…Miles to go before I sleep”

Shabbat was wonderful. Our host family, Marla and Mike, let us borrow clothes, roasted us some fresh coffee, and led us to the Friday night services. Kibbutz Ketura is a pluralistic Kibbutz originally established by individuals from Young Judaea (a youth movement) in 1973. Coming from Kibbutz Dan (a secular kibbutz without a synagogue or…