Visit to Mount Hertzl


Got a chance to take a Friday off work and go on a tour instead, a group of us got to go to Mount Hertzl which is next to the Yad Veshem holocaust museum.   “Ha Hertzl” is written in the topiary here in Hebrew.

Here this place is a cemetery for some of the senior members of the government and founding pioneers of the country.


Here’s a close up of this unusual Menorah, its all steel, and intricately made.   If you look closely there’s some poles with pulleys for something, not sure what exactly.  It looks like the whole assembly is supposed to pivot sideways in separate assemblies too.

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This is the grave of Theodor Herzl the father of Zionism.   Herzl was not religious, his vision was to create a Jewish nation just for Jews to love away from antisemitism, at the time there were many pieces of land chosen for a prototype Israel, some of them being Uganda (!) and Kamchatka, which is eastern Russia, before the new state of Israel seemed a better choice with its vast amount of historical value from Jewish people who had dwelled there previously.    Its funny today how ‘Zionism’ is a dirty word these days associated with racism with some people when actually Hertzl was not at all religious but had a Christian friend who gave him some moral courage to make founding of a Jewish nation a reality.


This grave is quite new, the right hand one that is, its for Yitzak Shamir who died this year, his wife died previously.


This is Golda Meir, prime minister during the 1973 Yom Kippor war.   A popular and kind lady she probably pre-dated Margret Thatcher commonly known as the ‘iron lady’ as a female statesman.


This is for Yitzak Rabin who was gunned down in 1994 in Tel Aviv by a lone Jewish assassin.

Of course, there are some notable exceptions, the first leader of Israel David Ben Gurion is not buried here, but in a small community in the desert, as he enjoyed living in a holiday home out there.   Military leaders, fallen soldiers and Rabbis are more likely to be found in the Mount of Olives.

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Jaffa/Tel Aviv – 4. Independence day and a concrete stable

Whats this building?

Looks like something dull like a tax office or something, but actually this unassuming building in Tel Aviv is where Israel was declared a nation 64 years ago today!   I was here in February when it was cold and windy though.


Apart from closely looking at these plaques on the walls, you probably wouldn’t know.

The bible gives a prophecy about plans for the founding of the 1948 modern day state of Israel, about ~1,878 years after the Jewish people were spread to all corners of the world.

Isaiah 66: 8 Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this?
Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment?
Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children.
9 Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?” says the LORD.
“Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?” says your God.
10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her;
rejoice greatly with her, all you who mourn over her.

Its odd than this concrete looking place with tiny windows was a meeting place for the government of a fledgling nation, but then again our Lord Jesus was born in stable,  so from utilitarian places, great things can be developed.  I didn’t see what this building’s current purpose is now or if you can visit.

1. Jaffa/Tel Aviv – coastal city of oranges

2. Jaffa/Tel Aviv – Graffiti and wall art

3. Jaffa/Tel Aviv – Whales and hovering trees

4. Jaffa/Tel Aviv – Independence day and a concrete stable

5. Jaffa/Tel Aviv – Yitzhak Rabin