A loong cycling journey from Brooklyn to Jorusalom, where the O’s are bicycle wheels, continued into Egypt, 1st to the climate conference COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, on to the pyramids in Giza, Abusir and Saqqara and then up the Nile soourcewards.


Today the second rainbow 🌈 of my journey!!

The first one was after having visited the gruelling Mauthausen, former concentration-camp, in Germany. You will be able to read about this in the book i am writing on the rooad.

Today first there was warm sun, then while having to climb and climb, there was rain. At the top the rainbow appeared and a little later there was Harmanli in the sunstruck valley. All i had to do was follow gravity.

O.K., before i go:

From Turkish with Google translate: Happy Hanukkah of the Jews What is Hanukkah? What to do on Hanukkah? :

The Jewish Hanukkah Feast began with candles lit last night. The festival falls between November 28 and December 6 this year. It will continue for eight days and eight nights.

According to the Hebrew calendar, Hanukkah begins with the first candle to be lit on the 25th of Kislev and continues for eight days and eight nights.

The word Hanukkah means “devotion, dedication” in Hebrew. It is also referred to as the “Feast of Light” or the “Feast of Rededication”.

Eid message from the Chief Rabbi

Chief Rabbi Ray Isak Haleva shared the following message for Hanukkah:

“My dear co-religionists. We will commemorate the Maccabee Resistance of our ancestors about 22 centuries ago with the ‘Hanuka’ oil lamp, the first of which we will light on the evening of Sunday, November 28 this year. We will have shared our hopes and hopes with “peace, well-being, enlightenment and brotherhood” with our people and all humanity.

“Let’s not forget that; Our ‘Hanukiyas’ are not an ornament of our homes, but a complementary element, a very meaningful symbol and an indicator of our aspirations. I hope and wish that; May the ‘Lights Day Hanukkah’, which is the anniversary of a noble struggle, illuminate our souls and lead to the development of feelings of love, respect and brotherhood among people. Hanukkah Sameah with my prayers.”

Every night a candle will be raised

Nazli Doenyas from Shalom had described the holiday as follows in previous years:

“Hag Aorim – Feast of Lights Hanukkah, symbolizing the victory of the weak over the strong, the few over the majority, honesty over evil, spirituality over materiality, and light over darkness, is not included in the Tanakh (Torah-Prophets-Books-Inscriptions), which is only indirectly mentioned in the Talmud and It is one of our joyful holidays, which was later put into practice by the rabbis.

This holiday, the Syrian-Greek King Antiochus and his armies were defeated by the Maccabees and II. It symbolizes the liberation of Beth-Amikdash from the pagans and their rededication to God.

After Bet-Amikdash had been cleansed of idols and symbols, he found only one small vessel of pristine oil to light the Eternal Light in the Temple. This oil was enough to burn the Menorah for just one day.

Miraculously, that little pot of oil continued to burn for eight full days, and the Koen were in the meantime able to prepare new holy oil. Starting from 25 Kislev, for eight nights, Hanukkah candles are lit, increasing one candle each night, and this miracle is lived again, filling the houses with Light. Candles are arranged in Hanukkah (according to the collar) from right to left, and are lit from left to right when burning.

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