Sunday, March 16, 2008

The "Venice" of Lamentations

Venice, Italy, is considered among the most beautiful cities, inspiring poets and artists. Anita Tucker sent out pictures of the "new Venice," one that can only cause one to think of Lamentations...

Lamentations 1
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LAM 1:1 HOW DOTH the city sit solitary, that was full of people! How is she become as a widow! She that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!
LAM 1:2 She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks; she hath none to comfort her among all her lovers; all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies.
LAM 1:3 Judah is gone into exile because of affliction, and because of great servitude; she dwelleth among the nations, she findeth no rest; all her pursuers overtook her within the straits.LAM
1:4 The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn assembly; all her gates are desolate, her priests sigh; her virgins are afflicted, and she herself is in bitterness.LAM
1:5 Her adversaries are become the head, her enemies are at ease; for the LORD hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions; her young children are gone into captivity before the adversary.

And in our day and age...

Here's Anita's message:

My son just sent me these amazing pictures of the beautiful new tourist attraction that the Sela Administration of the Prime Ministers office created in the Ein Tzurim interim caravilla site " VENICE in a drought " reconstructing ancient methods of sewage infrastructure to create waterside Italian style villas in a country with barely any rain fall or rivers,This is an amazing engineering feat .

Unfortunately they had a shortfall on the funds for the gondola boats and are asking the Gush Katif expellees to fill in the budget for this. Next year we hope to manage to raise the funds for the gondolas which we will be able to return via entrance fees to the this tourist attraction. Visitors will be encouraged to shop at the Gush Katif stores in the ancient reconstructed metal containers and load their gondolas with goods to encourage the ancient new businesses..
Purim Sameach ,
(laugh or cry-but look upwards ! :) (:

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