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Hulah Valley or Hula Valley (in Hebrew: עמק החולה, `Emeq ha-Hūlāh) is region in northern Israel and is an important bottleneck site for birds migrating along the Syrian-African Rift Valley between Africa, Europe, and Asia

You can read about the history of the Hula in this article. It used to have a swamp on this land but one of the great accomplishments of early Zionism was the drainage of this swap and the conversion of the area into habitable land. As the Jewish Library’s article points out, the ideas about this drainage have changed thanks to environmental awareness that wasn’t there decades ago and in part the area has been rehabilitated by the reintroduction of water and a small lake.

If you have visited Israel and haven’t at least driven up to the Hula to spend a little time in this area, you have missed something special. Try to catch it next time.

Shabbat Shalom!

(crane image and description by Vad Levin who has a pretty good eye and a passionate consideration for Israel’s wildlife!)

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