Sunday, April 22, 2018

ORLAH Update for Iyar 5778

This post is a follow up to the Kashrut for New Olim post. If you haven't seen it yet, please check it out -- there's important information there! 

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES in Israel - Specific Kashrut Issues

Unlike in other parts of the world, in Israel, fruits and vegetables are NOT automatically "kosher" - here we need to make sure that they are not "orlah" fruits (harvested during a tree's first 3 yrs, with other rules applying to year 4) and that trumot and ma'asrot have been taken (from both fruits and vegetables). 

If you shop at a market that doesn't have an ishur kashrut (kosher certification) on their produce, you'll need to investigate these issues further, if you are interested in adhering to the halachot of the Land of Israel OR if you regularly host people who assume the food in your home is kosher! I must say that it's important to familarize yourself with these special halachot, as they are part of keeping kosher in Israel! (If you say you keep Kosher in Israel, everyone assumes that you have taken care of these issues; and if you don't, then you may be unwittingly putting someone in a situation they don't want to be in!) 

It's definitely possible to take trumot and maasrot on your own (I do it often), so vegetables are easiest to buy without a teudah, as that is all you need to do (and very often, it would be without a bracha). Some of the fruits on the market may be ok to purchase even from a non-certified establishment and just take trumot and maasrot, because of the extremely low percentage of orlah fruits being sold, but those lists change frequently, so you'll constantly need to stay up-to-date.

Other fruits can be a problem, because of a high possibility that they are orlah (from the first 3 yrs after the tree was planted). I have recently begun to post a monthly update on my website, with a list of the fruits where the percentage of orlah fruits on the open market is greater than 0.5%. These fruits should only be bought from a reputable source that does not sell orlah fruits (i.e. a place with a teudah):

ORLAH Update for Iyar 5778

Fruits to AVOID buying without a teudah:
  • Avocado - Haas, Ruti, and Reid varieties
  • Blueberries
  • Peach - Yellow, "White Spring"
  • Lemon
  • Apricot
  • Nectarine - Yellow: "Omer", "Red Glow" (I think); White: "Gadi"
  • Seedless grapes: Green/Black 
  • Papaya
  • Prickly Pear (Sabra Fruit)
  • Starfruit
  • Passionfruit
  • Valencia Oranges

Please be sure to speak with your personal Halachic Authority about purchasing fruit in Israel without a teudah. Not everyone holds by the 0.5% threshold, and there are differences of opinion about certain fruits and whether they are subject to Orlah. This information is just for informational purposes and is not a halachic psak! Even if you follow a psak that relies on the 0.5% threshold, you still must take trumot and maasrot on all produce grown in Israel (or be sure it has been taken), in order to fulfill your halachic obligations.

Also, be aware that this list does NOT apply to fruit grown by an individual. If your friend has a fruit tree, you'll need to find out how old it is! 

I hope you find this helpful! Please follow my Facebook page and don't miss out on updates and other posts!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Plan your vacation with All The Discounts!

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Life can be pretty intense, and SO many people ask me about taking vacations. It's obviously really hard to keep going without a break to recharge our batteries - but it's also difficult to take that break if it's going to deplete our bank accounts!

So the question of the day is:

How do you take a vacation on a budget? 

Consider renting a vacation apartment via AirBnb! If you've never used them before, sign up using this link, and get a discount on your first rental!

In addition to Airbnb, it's worth checking out various websites. Find the one that works best for you! Here are some that I know about:

  • We have also found great deals using - it's definitely worth checking them out for your next vacation in Israel or abroad!

  • Hotelscombined is another hotel price comparison site. You just never know which site is going to have access to the best deals!
  • If you're looking at staying at one of the Accor Hotels around the world, consider booking directly with them, as they have a lowest price guarantee, from what I understand!
  • Up to 35% cash back on hotel bookings sounds good, right? Booking through SPENT Travel can earn you hundreds on our next family vacation! Search today to check it out!
  • Use Daka90 for last minute flight and hotel deals in Israel or originating in Israel!
Select Vacation Deals from Groupon Israel:
  • Vacation on the French Riviera, for 3 or 4 nights, at 3 or 4 star hotels, including flights and hotels, starting at 1310nis per person! Dates available in May and June.
  • Vacation in Holland, for 6/7 nights, including flights, accomodations AND a rental car, starting at 1653nis per person!
  • Vacation in Cyprus for about 1100nis per person (includes flights and accomodations at a 5 star hotel)!
Click here for last minute travel deals from Groupon

Travel within Israel:
  • Vacation Villa  (up to 4 people), with plenty of amenities, including a pool! Starting at just 599 per night! In Moshav Devorah.
  • Istrotel Ramon Inn has great midweek deals! Packages for single or couple, for families, or for up to 5 adults in a suite. Includes breakfast and amenities!

Click HERE for more Hotel Deals in Israel

Click HERE for more Villa rental deals

Here are some select Spa Day Deals, so you can take a break without spending a night away:

Spa Day at the Carlton Hotel Spa in Nahariya. Packages start at 169nis!

Spa Day for two at the Daniel Hotel (Dead Sea). starts at 299nis!

Spa Day at the Ein Gedi Sea of Spa - 155nis for 2, 306nis for 4, 441nis for 6

Spa Day at the Crown Plaza Jerusalem - deals start at 165nis

Click here for more Spa Deals!

Rent a car from Budget, starting at 70nis per day!

Whatever works for you is great! Just remember that it IS possible to take a break without breaking the bank!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Army Bases and Public Military Exhibits open to the public on Yom Ha'Atzmaut

Several of you have asked what else is there to do on Yom Ha'atzmaut besides the 70+ free museums. And it turns out, there will be lots of things for you to choose from:

Here is a listing of some Army Bases that will be open on Yom Ha'Atzmaut, with various activities and exhibitions available:

Ramat David Air Force Base will be open to the public between 8am - 1pm

Air Force Technical Training School, near Haifa, will be open to the public between 9am - 2pm. Parking is available on Rechov Julius Simon.

Tel Nof Air Force Base (near Gedera) will be open to the public between 9am - 2pm

The Air Force Museum, on the Hatzerim Base, west of Be'er Sheva, will be open to the public between 9am - 2pm

Yehuda District Division/Kiryat Arba and Industrial Zone Meitzarim will be open from 8am - 3pm

Etzion District Division / Efrat will be open 9:30am - 2:30pm

Efraim District Division / Elkana will be open 9am - 3pm

Uvdah Air Force Base, near Eilat, will be open to the public from 9am - 2pm 

Zirat Yam Naval Base in Eilat, will be open to the public from 9am - 12:30pm

Paratrooper Shows will take place in the following locations: 

Tel Aviv (Gordon Beach)
Haifa (Dado Beach)
Teverya (Promenade)

Naval Vessel Show - catch it at these times and places:

10:20am - Dado Beach, Haifa
12:30pm - Apolonia Beach, Herzliya
1:15 pm - Gordon Beach, Tel Aviv
2:00 pm - Jaffa Port and Bat-Yam
3:00 pm - Ashdod Beaches
3:30 pm - Ashkelon Beaches
6:00 pm (approx) - Haifa Beaches

Yad LaShiryon at Latrun and Mazi parking area will be open to the public between 8am - 4:30pm. The exhibit will feature the many aspects of IDF's Land Forces.

You must show your teudat zehut and submit to a security check in order to enter any military base. No guns will be allowed. No animals will be allowed in. No Bikes or Motorcycles.

Additional Exhibits at the following Parking areas: 

Exhibits will be open between 9am - 4pm:


Tzomet Golani

Maalot (Montfort Lake)

Beit Hillel (near Kiryat Shmona) 

There may be others that I haven't heard of, so feel free to let me know if you know of more!

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Free Admission on Yom Ha'Atzmaut (April 19)

NOTE: This list was UPDATED on Tuesday, April 17

Thursday, April 19, 2018 is Yom Ha'Atzmaut, and this year, in honor of 70 yrs of the State of Israel, more than 70 attractions around the country will open to the public at no charge.

The list on this page represents many hours of work translating and researching, and I request that if you want to share this information, you link to this blog post. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

If you need wheels for Yom Ha'atzmaut, check out this great deal for just 70nis per day!

Go thru this who list - find a place you've never gone to, and go have fun! In past years we've gone to museums that were free on Yom Haatzmaut, and they was almost completely empty. I think many Israelis prefer their mangal in the park and sitting in traffic. I prefer free admission!

I'm sure there are other places that are offering free programs or free admission, that I haven't heard of, so please add information for other places in the comments, or send a note to and I'll add it in! Thank you.

I have tried, wherever possible, to link to websites in English. If you find a broken or incorrect link, please email me at so I can take care of it! Thanks!

Have a wonderful Yom Ha'atzmaut. May it bring us closer to the Geulah Sh'laymah!

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Yad LaIsha HaLochemet in Nitzanim - guided tours 9 am - 1 pm. 08-6727895

The Open Museum in Negba - 050-55605540

From Holocaust to Revival Museum in Yad Mordechai - 08-6720599 , 052-3923104

The Water and Security Museum in Nir Am - 050-5709042

Ben Gurion's Hut (Sde Boker) - open 10 am to 4 pm. Last admission at 3 pm 08-6560469

Maoz opposite Gaza in Kibbutz Saad 052-3726644

The Joe Alon Center for Bedouin Culture at Kibbutz Lahav 08-9913322

The Revivim Museum named for Yosef Weitz. 10 am - 2 pm 08-6562570 \ 08-656263

Beit Ruchama, 9am - 2pm. Reserve by calling 054-7995149

Metzudat Yoav, The Givati Museum 08-6611316

Beersheba Turkish Railway Station (Engine 70414), Open 9-5, sign up in advance for guided tour: 08-6234613

Be'erot BaNegev Visitors Center in Kibbutz Alumim, Open 10-2, advance registration required for guided tours, 08-9937300

Jerusalem Area:

The Old Yishuv Court Museum, 02-6276319, 052-4002478

Ammunition Hill Memorial Site - 02-5829392/3, ext 115

The Yellin House - in Motza - 052-4257345

The Gush Etzion Visitors' Center - in Kfar Etzion. 02-9935160

The Tower of David Museum - 02-6265333 or *2884

The Underground Prisoners Museum in Jerusalem - 10 a.m - 5 pm. 02-6233166

The Shai Agnon House - 02-6716498

Menachem Begin Heritage Center - 02-5652020 02-5652011

Yad LaShiryon at Latrun - for more info: 08-9784321

Jewish Quarter Tours, from 9-5, every hour. Advance registration required. Call *4987

Levi Eshkol House, 9-6, advance registration required. Call 02-6313091

Tel Aviv and the Center:

Independence Hall -03-5106426, 03-5173942

The Israeli Museum at the Rabin Center - with advance reservations only.*4585 (for ages 10+)

Ben-Gurion House - 03-5221010

The Jabotinsky Museum - open 8 am - 4 pm. 03-5287320 (reservations required for groups of 10, or for groups who need additional assistance due to accessibility issues)

The Joseph Bau House - 054-4301499 (Special programs available for Olim Chadashim and for children)

Rokach House - for more info: 03-5168042 or email

Sarona-HaKirya Visitors' Center - 03-604-9634 (you should call to register in advance. Tours on the hour between 10am and 3pm)

IDF Historical Collection Museum - (Toldot Tzahal) -03-5172913 , 03-5161346

The Etzel Museum 03-525-3307

The Hagana Museum - 03-560862

The Lechi Museum - guided tours at 10:30, 12:00. 1:30. 3:00. Trivia contest at 1 pm. Reservations required. For more info: 03-6820288 or email

The Etzel 1948 Museum - open 9am - 4pm. 03-5177180 , 03-5172044

The Nachum Gutman Museum of Art - 03-5161970

Bank of Israel Visitors' Center 03-5640781/2 Reservations required. For ages 8+. Tours are at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, and 2:30pm

The Hosmasa Museum - Holon - 03-5050425

Mikveh Israel Visitors' Center - Advance registration required (online). Tours on the hour from 9am to 1pm

The Rishon L'Tzion Museum - open 10 am - 2 pm. 03-9598862, 03-9598890

The Eran Shamir Moshava Museum in Mazkeret Batya - Open 10:30 am - 3:30 pm (also open Wed night from 8-10:30pm). 08-9349525

Ayalon Institute, (Bullet Factory) Rechovot - Open 9 am - 4 pm. Last guided tour at 3 pm (tours in Hebrew only!). Advance reservations required. 08-9406552

Minkov Citrus Orchard Museum, Rechovot - Advance reservations required 08-9469197 | Tours are at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm

Netanya Museum, Open 9:00am - 2:00pm, 09-8840020

HaG'dudim Museum, Moshav Avichayil. Open 9-4 09-8822212

The North and Northern Coast:

Beit HaShomer Museum, Kfar Giladi - 04-6941565 open 8am - 4pm

Tel Hai Courtyard - 10 am - 3 pm - 04-6951333 Advance reservations required.

Beit Zinati, Pekiin - 04-9997197 Reservations required.

HaReut Museum, Koach Fortress - 04-6432810. Open 10am - 4pm

The Restored Pioneer Village at Rosh Pinah, Hours not specified, so call! 04-6936913

Beit HaMeiri, Tsfat - 04-6921939, open 10am - 2pm. Guided Tours require advance registration. last tour at 1pm

The Kinneret Courtyard - guided tours at 10, 12, and 2. 04-6709117

Naharayim Experience in Gesher. Guided tours at 11:00 and 12:30. Open 9 am - 4 pm. 04-6752685

The Palmach Cave at Mishmar Ha'Emek- guided tours on the hour between 10 and 3. 04-9898946 ,052-4471109 NEW: "Escape Park" activity

The Historic Nahalal Police Station - guided tours at 9 am, 11am, and 1 pm. 04-6415073

The Nahalal "Sliq" - guided tours every hour from 9 am to 3 pm. 052-3347194, advance reservations required.

The Pioneer Settlers Museum - Kibbutz Yifat. Open 11 am - 3 pm. 04-6548974

The Chaim Shturman House - at Kibbutz Ein Harud. 04-6486337 | 04-6486328

The Tower and Stockade Museum at Hanita. 04-9859677

The Jezreel Valley Train Museum - Kfar Yehoshua. 04-953-4226 open 9am - 2pm

Atlit Detention Camp, Advance Reservations Required, 04-984-1980

The Treasures in the Walls Museum, Akko. Open 10 am - 4 pm. 04-991-1004

The Underground Prisoners Museum, Akko. Open 9am - 4pm. 04-991-1375

The Museum of the First Aliyah in Zichron. Open 10 am - 4 pm. 04-6294777 Reservations required for guided tours

The Khan Museum, Hadera 04-6322330 , 04-6324562 Reservations required.

The Feinberg House, Hadera - 04-6343296, open 9am - 2 pm

Haifa City Museums:

Etzel Museum at Shuni Forest. 052-8330177 Audio-visual presentation every hour between 9am and 3pm

Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum, Haifa 04-8537672 open 9am - 4pm

Other FREE and discount attractions and activities:

The Israel Museum - free for children, 20 NIS for adults

The Open Museum at Tefen - 04-9109609 (The museum is generally open from 9am - 4pm. Staff takes breaks for lunch from 12:30-13:00, or 13:00 - 13:30)

Army Bases and Public Military Exhibits

Madatech in Haifa is just 10nis on Yom Ha'Atzmaut!

Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem is just 10nis on Yom Ha'Atzmaut!

Davidson Institute (Rechovot), open from 10am-2pm, FREE family friendly activities!

Yechiam's Yom Ha'Atzmaut "70 BaGalil" Celebration - registration required (online) 9am - 4pm

Ein Vered Riding Club 9am-5pm (some activities are FREE, some have a small fee)

I will add more free attractions in this space as I find them!

So, let me know where you'll be going! Just leave a comment below this post. It's a good idea to confirm in advance that the place you plan to go will be open as posted. Some places require advance bookings even if not specified.

Yom Ha'Atzmaut Car Rental Savings!

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Need wheels this Yom Ha'atzmaut?

It can be hard to get around with limited public transportation on Israel's Independence day, so if you have plans to get together with friends or family, or visit one of the 70+ museums that are open for FREE to the public on Yom Ha'atzmaut, you are probably considering renting a car.

There's a Groupon deal for Budget Car Rentals, just for Yom Ha'atzmaut!

The deal is 70nis per day (including VAT), for an X-class vehicle (Hyundai i10 or similar). Insurance is INCLUDED, and you'll have a maximum of 150 km travel per day. Maximum rental period is 7 days for this price, with no option of extending further. 

Available April 9 - May 15.

Driver must be at least 23 year old and have had a license for at least 2 yrs.

If you exceed 150 km, you'll be charged 1nis + VAT for every km over the limit for the X class and J class rentals, 2nis + VAT for I class vehicles.

Airport rentals are not included, and if renting for fewer than 6 days, there is an extra charge for Eilat pickup or dropoff.

You'll need a valid credit card in the driver's name available.

There are other conditions, please read the Groupon deal carefully, or call Budget at *2200 with questions!

Monday, April 9, 2018

10nis admission to Madatech for Yom Ha'Atzmaut

This Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Madatech, the science museum in Haifa, has super discount admission - pay just 10nis to get in (kids under 5 are free with a parent)!

Museum hours on Yom Ha'Atzmaut (April 19, 2018): 10am - 5pm
Note: Admission desk closes at 4pm, so arrive before 4!

I'll be posting more Yom Ha'Atzmaut Specials in the next few days, so be sure to follow my blog by email (sign up on the right hand side of this page or send me an email asking to be added to the list) or on Facebook (or both)!

Here's the list of 70+ museums and sites that will FREE on Yom Ha'Atzmaut!