Irene's video blog about Israel, its people, culture, history and nature
V0lcanic Phenomena of the Golan Heights
In the Golan Heights, you can encounter numerous unique natural phenomena, such as hexagon pools, canyons, waterfalls, maars and even a volcanic lake. This is because of the volcanic nature of the region. Paleomagnetism in the Golan Heights is intense and you can observe ancient magnetic field of the volcanic basalt rocks with a simple compass. The Golan Heights lie on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, from where you can enjoy perhaps the most beautiful sunsets in Israel.
Who Were Biblical Edomites?
Another episode in the series Peoples of the Bible by Irene Orleansky. This time you will travel to the land of Edom. You will learn about lifestyle, faith and fate of biblical Edomites and will visit archaeological sites related to biblical Edom in the Aravah and the Negev in southern Israel and on the Edomean plateau in southern Jordan as well as the exhibition of Edomite cultic objects in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Visiting Bnei Menashe of India in Kfar Hasidim
In 2012 Irene visited Bnei Menashe community in India and recorded their songs. In this video Irene is visiting the Absorbtion Center in religious youth village Kfar Hasidim in Northern Israel, where new immigrants from the Bnei Menashe community stay for a few months after their arrival in Israel.
Sukkot: Birkat HaKohanim
Twice a year, during the festivals of Sukkot and Passover, people gather at the Western Wall in Jerusalem to receive priestly blessings. The tradition of gathering for the priestly blessing at the Western Wall emerged during the War of Attrition that followed the Six Day War in 1967. The priestly blessing itself is an ancient biblical tradition. The text of the blessing can be found in Numbers 6:23–27. Priestly blessings are performed every day during the prayer services in synagogues in Israel and during the high holidays in most Jewish communities of the diaspora. One cannot study to become a Jewish priest (Kohen). It is a hereditary position that is transfered from father to son from the lineage of Aaron.
Hiking in search of the White Lily (the Madonna Lily)
The White Lily, also called the Madonna Lily, has an important place in both Jewish and Christian traditions. It almost got extinct, and today is very rare. It survived only at a few mountainous areas in the North of Israel that are quite difficult to reach and can be seen in bloom in May. In this video, I am hiking along two different trails in the Upper Galilee and on Mount Carmel in search of white lilies.
The Samaritan community in Holon and on Mount Grezim
A visit at the Samaritan community in Holon and in Qiryat Luza on Mount Grezim near Schem (Nablus). The head of the Institute of the Samaritan Studies Benyamin Tzedaka and the Samaritan priest Yefet Ben Asher are explaining about the Samaritans, their history, language, religion and culture. Visiting the Samaritan Synagogue in Holon and Zevach Pesach (the Passover Sacrifice) on Mount Grezim.
Israel in Bloom
Many people think of Israel as a lifeless desert, however Israel is home to numerous wildflowers, many of which are endemic to Israel. The best seasons to enjoy Israel in bloom are winter and spring, especially February and March. In this video, you can see some of the blooming areas of Israel, including the Golan Heights, the Gilboa Mountains, the Lower Galilee, the Sahron Plain and the Northern Negev. Filmed in February - March of 2021.
Purim and Shushan Purim Celebrations in the Golan Heights
Purim celebrations at Golan Archeological Museum in Katzrin and at the cheif rabbi's of Katzrin and Shushan Purim in ancient Gamla.
Katzrin - the capital of the Golan Heights
The residents of Katzrin are celebrating Yom Aliyah, and explaining why they love Katzrin.
Wildflowers of Israel
January wildflowers of Israel. Filmed in the Golan Heights
A Biblical Walk in the Land of Geshur
Irene Orleansky is taking you on a journey to the biblical land of Geshur located in the Golan Heights and is getting assistance from an expert to understand who Geshurites were.
Wildflowers of Israel
December wildflowers of Israel. Filmed in the Golan Heights
The Aramaic Christian Community of
the Upper Galilee
Irene Orleansky is visiting the Aramaic Christian community in Jish and an Aramaic annual camp in Bar'am.
Cochin Jewish Heritage Museum
Irene Orleansky and an Israel tour guide Aryel Tsion are visiting the Cochin Jewish Heritage Museum and Synagogue in Nevatim where the Jews from South India settled after they immigrated to Israel.
Malida Ceremony with Bene Israel
Irene Orleansky and an Israel tour guide Aryel Tsion are attending a malida ceremony held by a family of Bene Israel, a Jewish community from India, during the Jewish festival of Tu B'Shvat (the New Year of the Trees) in Rehovot.