Israel 1st day

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Finally I got time to update some pictures while I am still here. Israel for the 2nd time – welcomed by English and Hebrew, Israel’s principle language. It has only 22 or 23 characters, while Japanese has 51 + 5,000 or more pictures. Unfair.

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Then welcomed in Russian. A large portion of Israel population is comprised of immigrants from Russia and its neighbors.

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Then welcomed in Arabic.

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They have this small wooden stick attached to each door. It is called Mezuza and contains a tiny script taken from the Bible inside. Every door in Israel has this. People touch it, kiss the hand, to bring fortune (or to have good luck).

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Close up of Mezuza. The sign is one of Hebrew alphabet but I do not know what it means.
By the way, the word “alphabet” has its origin in Hebrew – the first two characters in Hebrew are called “alef” and “bet” alef and bet -> alphabet. Nice.

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Typical food in Israel. Lots of small dishes and Pita bread as appetizer (don’t forget Humus and Tehina), followed by a variety of main dishes. This time I took fried & sliced turkey. I must say this was one of the best turkey I ever had.