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Jun 19, 2013 - Masada shall not fall again!

Ripped from today’s headlines in the Jerusalem Post: 2 mortars fired from Syria land in the Golan. Damn, just when we are headed that direction. Couldn’t they wait just a few more days? On the other hand, it would make the visit that much more interesting. This morning I had a chance to say hello (and goodbye) to Liz and her friend Allie before they headed out bright and early to the Presidents Conference. I made sure to provide Liz the logistical info she would need to fully enjoy the experience. Most important, how to get into the Hebrew...

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Jun 18, 2013 - Barbara...... like buttah!

Best laid plans. We hopped in a cab for a 10 minute ride to the Israel Museum this morning. Only to find that it’s only open on Tuesday’s from 4:00pm – 9:00pm. Why? And so, we simply asked the cab driver to take us back to the apartment. Its okay, it was a flat fare. 40 shmekels each way. Times two. Equals 80 shmeks. For about 17 minutes in all. As we found out later, the meter fare is about ½ that. Always, always, always take the meter option. Will I never learn? (No.) Alternate activity: Forced march through the Mamilla Mall to the Old...

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Jun 17, 2013 - I have 2,500 yr. old shmutz on my pants....

We have been climbing up and down and all around Jerusalem. Okay, mostly up. This is a crazy city. You are always climbing up. You would swear that at some point you get to walk downhill but, no, it’s always up. Until this morning. Prof. David Tamami of Hebrew U. took me, Debbie & Elaine on a tour of Ir David – the City of David. The excavations are just outside the Old City walls and go back to the Jebusite beginnings of the city that is now Jerusalem. The Jebusites were the ancient hill tribe from which the Bush family claims its...

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Jun 16, 2013 - A Boy and his Donkey

Fact is, the security fence/wall/barrier cuts off Palestinians from friends, families and farms. The further fact is that the drop in terror attacks since it was built has dropped from 2 a week to 2 a year. And the final fact is that no matter how strong a fence, how high a wall or how thick a barrier, there are ways under it, over it, through it or, in today’s example, around it. Take, for example, the international border crossing that has been built in the East Jerusalem suburb of Issawiya, maybe 2 km. from Mount Scopus and the Hebrew...

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Jun 15, 2013 - Moshiko Shawarma - The Holy Grail!

Warning to reader: Today we set out on a mission to locate the Holy Grail. We were successful. But it was a long mission. I urge you get a cup of coffee (decaf preferably, to help you stay awake) before setting out to read about the journey itself. And now, time to join my counterparts from the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University for the 76th Meeting of the Hebrew U. Board of Governors. The King David Hotel and David Citadel Hotel play host to the majority of the 70 Canadians who have made the journey this year. We are a major contingent...

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Jun 14, 2013 - Rugelach 'R Us

The Mahane Yehuda market was created in the late 19th century to serve the new Jewish communities of Mahane Yehuda and Beit Ya’akov, built in 1887 and 1885, respectively. It now boasts over 250 vendors crowded into 2 main north/south pedestrian streets - Mahane Yehuda Street, which is partially covered and quite narrow and Etz Chaim Street which is open air and much broader. The streets running perpendicularly between the two are named are fruits and nuts. For our purposes, it served as the perfect place to stock up on food for breakfast...

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Jun 13, 2013 - Jerusalem of Light

The Jewish Community of Lisbon would be the least likely of places one would expect to have mesmerized us during our first day in Jerusalem. As it turns out, though, that is exactly what happened. But first, the denouement of last year’s Aliyah Express and our accidental Israeli citizenship. When last we left this, an 18 yr. old Passport Control officer directed the 19 yr. old exit visa clerk to put her initials on the incorrect entry visa stamp that had been placed in our passports 2 weeks earlier. The one that welcomes Israeli citizens...

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Apr 15, 2013 - The West at Haas Promenade

Chag Atzmaut Sameach! Shalom from Haas Promenade in Jerusalem. We are getting ready for the March (from Safra Square to the Kotel), which will be the exact opposite of the March we experienced on Yom Hashoah in Poland. Look forward to hearing the teens' reflections about their experiences! Love from Israel, The West

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Apr 11, 2013 - Day 8/9 - Welcome to Israel!

Israeli flags blowing in the wind every where. We have finally arrived in Israel and it is already incredible. The first two hours went by so quickly because we landed at 3am and did not sleep for one second on the plane. We then went to the beach to thank God for the land we have and watch the sun rise together. We then went to an amazing, fresh restaurant for breakfast that was 100 times better than any meal in Poland. Every little thing we do makes me grateful for the land and the people here, which makes me enjoy it all so much more...

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Mar 6, 2013 - A "Time line" of Jerusalem -3300 to 1948

The old city of Jerusalem has been around for a long while. Over 5,000 years old. It has has been under domain or control by over 13 entities. It has been destroyed and re-build many times. -3,300 The Canaanites -1,006 Israelites -586 Babylonians Exile -538 Persian -332 Hellenistic -63 Romans 324 Byzantine 638 Early Muslims 1,099 Crusaders 1,260 Mamluk 1,517 Ottoman 1,917 British 1,948 State of Israel There is a prayer that Jerusalem the city of peace that has never known peace, but that one day may it encounter such peace among its...

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Mar 6, 2013 - Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus agonizes over his coming death.

The Garden of Gethsemane is very beautiful location. The olive trees are great looking, one has been identified to be over 2,000 years old, before the time of Jesus. See picture. The spot were it is claimed to be the spot or close to it were Jesus agonized over was going to happen to him.. The church of Gethsemane has four statues at its top noted to reference the four epistles, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

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Mar 6, 2013 - The"Wailing" wall

The Wailing Wall is a very busy location. All different people come to pray, wail or whatever they decide to do. Including leaving pieces of paper with prayer on it. Once per year they are all collected and burned. Women and men can't approach the wall together. Each have their own area. All men must cover their heads.

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