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The Holy Sepulchre

The Holy Sepulchre
The Edicule (from the Latin aediculum - a small building) in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel.

The Hound of the Beilis

The Hound of the Beilis
The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes."
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Power of Focused Attention

The Power of Focused Attention
We live in a multi-tasking world - just like contemporary Operating Systems evolved from a single-user, single-tasking DOS, humans have finally became multi-tasking in the 20th century. 2000 years ago Alexander the Great was the only person who could do two things at once. Today, any kid can watch TV, SMS/IM with friends, play a computer game, read/update Facebook/Tweeter, check news, eat a meal - all at the same time.

Ostrich

Ostrich
The Ostrich is the largest living species of bird, able to run at max speeds of 70 km/h (43 mph) - the fastest land speed of any bird.

Eilat Mountains

Eilat Mountains
I took this picture today, during a hike to Bodeda Ruins in Eilat Mountains, about an hour before the sunset. The black mountain on the right is Mount Solomon (705 meters). A tiny bit of the Red Sea (the Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba) can be seen to the left, in front of the heizy mountains of Jordan in the background.

Somali Wild Ass

Somali Wild Ass in Yotvata, Israel
Somali Wild Ass are critically endangered species - there are less than 1000 animals in the wild.

A small group of the Somali wild ass live in the Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve in Israel, near Eilat, where this picture was taken.

The Two Towers

Two cranes near Tel Aviv
Fetishism is a very old obsession. The Neanderthals were praying to stones to bring luck in the next hunt, the ancient Egyptians got totally infatuated with the pyramids... Finally, in 1927, Sigmund Freud have explained that the fetish is a substitute for penis. For many people this was a profound realization, which caused them to put their fetishes away and instead concentrate on revolutions and wars. However, not everyone had the will power to dedicate their life to bigger causes, so fetishism simmered under the surface, until the blogging have emerged in the late 1990s.

Nubian Ibex

Nubian Ibex by the Dead Sea
There are about 1500 wild Nubian Ibex (Capra Ibex) in Israel, inhabiting Judean desert, Negev, Eilat mountains and the Golan Heights. You can often see them on the mountain slopes, while driving to Eilat on Route 90.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Ovadia Yosef, born in 1920 in Iraq, is the founder and the spiritual leader of the Shas political party (currently Israel's fourth largest party in the Knesset), former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, a recognised Talmudic scholar and foremost halakhic authority.

The Old City of Jerusalem

The Old City of Jerusalem
It pretty tough to get a visually engaging picture of the Old City from the Hass Promenade (Tayelet) - the sky is always blue, without any interesting clouds, except for a few days in the winter; the omnipresent sand hangs in the air causing the dreaded haze in the images; the arab houses of Abu Tor in front of the Old City walls resemble a garbage dump...

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