Cemented Stars of David. Found this plaster Star of David pattern in a palace in Spain. Where my ancestors come from on the side of my paternal grandfather, Mordechai Cohen, z”l. This picture always makes me feel oddly patriotic. Perhaps because it shows that my people have been all over the world, and expelled over and over again. Making me ever more appreciative that I am alive in a time in history where we have our own country, where we can live authentically as Jewish people and have the ability to protect ourselves against the eternal threat of anti-Semitism.
The largest concrete structure in the world is the Three Gorges Dam in China. Thought to be an engineering feat, supplying a huge amount of power, having employed tens of thousands of workers to complete the dozen year construction project … it was also quite controversial because it overran cultural land and destroyed natural habitat. Conflicting for me because I am working in the water industry, and so appreciate the need for infrastructure to facilitate safe, potable water to civilians, and also love novel (gigantic) uses of concrete … But it’s well known that dams are terrible for the environment, not only in their construction, but ongoing effects on local habitat, production of methane, ruination of natural hydrology. B’kitzur …
If I forget thee, Oh Jerusalem…
My friend e-mailed me a picture of Shilo (in the Shomron “West Bank” of Israel) with a note saying she was sending the photo so I wouldn’t forget Israel while I’m abroad for a few weeks. In my head, I immediately saw that landscape of Jerusalem in the Jerusalem Central Bus Station that says …אם אשכחך ירושלים (If I forget thee, Oh Jerusalem… Let my right hand forget its purpose… -Tehillim 137). Thank you, but BH” I will never forget. Related to concrete? There’s a lot of stone/rocks in this picture. It’s relevant. Ish.
DIY Cement Dominoes
Thanks, Jessica, for the post! These are super cute, for those who enjoy DIY projects, concrete, dominoes - or all three.
"Empire State of Mind" sung solo by Alicia Keys.
"In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made, oh
There’s nothing you can’t do, now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you, let’s hear it fr New York
New York, New York”