Last night we held a memorial service for beloved friend and founder of Itamar- Gilad Zar HY”D who was murdered by a Palestinian policeman on eesroo chag Shavuot 16 years ago. Gilad was the trailblazer that helped set up the community here and was the security head of all the Shomron communitites. He was a unique man of incredible self- sacrifice and love for Eretz Yisrael. All that we build and do is his legacy here. Yihee Zichro Barooch. The picture is of one of the communities Ramat Gilad named after him – pay attention to the star of David shining on it.
Friends of Itamar welcomed Calev Ben Tzion of Germany who came to make a documentary movie about life here and hopefully give the real picture to Europeans who for the most part are not being told the real facts about Israel’s biblical and strategic heartland and the mission of settling it. Thank you Calev- we were blessed by your visit!
Judy Grossman, long- time friend of Friends of Itamar and Wonder Woman in awesome ways of building up Israel’s heartland is always trying to get people on board and pushing to assist in the many projects we have going on here. She brought tour guide and water expert Michelle Baruch of Givat Zeev. Michelle specializes in private tours and group tours all over Israel. Even on this tour she had Dr. Jeff Kavalin from Westfield New Jersey. Michelle’s website is: www.apricot-tours.com –a highly recommended guide and itinerary planner! Enjoy the pictures of new born sheep at the Penini Farm, wine being stored in an ancient wine cellar and water cistern from the times of Joshua!, Masoret has it that that kever of Gideon the Judge is buried right here on Itamar!-, Photos courtesy of Michelle Baruch.
Here in Israel it only rains half the year. That’s why water is so precious. In order to utilize the heavy rains that fall, there are those that actually have built small cisterns and use the collected water for the first part of the warm season to irrigate the trees and gardens. Harvesting rainwater has been practiced here in Israel for thousands of years. Rainwater is free from pollutants, salts, minerals, and man -made contaminants. It is a great educational tool to also teach children about the value of rain water, prayer , preservation and conservation and how it is all connected. See a real cistern being cleaned after it has been used to the last drop. Blue adds an enhanced feel and charm to any backyard.
Enjoy Rabbi Moshe’s Torah