Friday, October 5, 2012

A Lake that Man Created

It is the arrogance of man to make a lake in a desert. It goes against nature, doesn't it? And yet, despite laughing when I first heard the dreams of our mayor to build a lake in the desert, I have to admit, I am completely won over. That's right - Mayor Benny Cashriel and the Jewish National Fund have done...well, what Israelis have been doing for 100 years (even before the State of Israel was re-established) - we've been making the desert bloom.

This week, in honor of the holiday of Sukkot, Maale Adumim held a "Happening" near the lake and thousands attended. It was wonderful - music, arts and crafts, games, tents, sunshine and, oh yes, our lake.

Because pictures speak louder than words - the lake that man created in a land that needed our nurturing love. It is true that while there were always Jews in the land of Israel - throughout the 2,000 years in which the majority of Jews were exiled from this land - still, the land waited for our return. No other people - not the Turks, not the British, not the Muslims/Arabs/Palestinians/Romans/Philistines, etc. ever loved this land or developed it as we have.

We have returned to the land and under our hands, the land returns as well.


A lake - it really is. Fish and a water fountain with colorful lights; and in the far distance, to the left - Jerusalem; to the right - the Dead Sea...amazing, no?


A new cafe on the shores of our lake...and the homes of Maale Adumim above...

An arts and crafts fair on the shores of the lake - some of Maale Adumim in the hills above the lake - and the beautiful palm trees we have planted in our desert.

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