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Feb 8, 2014 - Jerusalem

"Next year in Jerusalem." Why wait? Jerusalem was the first of many World Heritage Sites we planned to visit and one of the musts of my travel aspirations. Jerusalem is layer upon layer of time, culture, religion, expectation, dream and stone. Sorting it all out is beyond me. We sent the better part of a week roaming its four quarters (Armenian, Christian, Muslim and Jewish) from Jaffa Gate to Temple Mount. We jostled with tour groups in the Holy Sepulcher, walked the Via Dolorosa, lunched on hummus and falafel deep in the souks, observed...

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Dec 9, 2013 - Latrun Armored Corps

Some quick pictures of our last security fieldtrip. We stopped at the armor corps in Latrun which was a major battle site in the 1948 War of Independence. The Israeli's failed 3 times to capture Latrun but eventually took it after the 1967 Six Day War. We posed for a class photo with us standing on the top of the Israeli Merkava Mk IV main battle tank. I naturally straddled the barrel and began reciting quotes from the WWII movie "Patton". Our guide, an Israeli Brigadier General, then started making various sexual references to my position...

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Nov 1, 2013 - Nov 1 Jerusalem

Nov 1. Ashod Port and Jerusaleum (This significant day was written up by Liz, not Snowflake) • The Port of Ashod was very smoggy/hazy. It is an industrial port and also has oil refineries. There were row upon row of white import cars awaiting entry into Europe from the East. (When Ron was in Africa, we learned that white is the base colour for cars; other colours are added later.) • It took our tour bus one hour to travel from Ashod to Jerusalem. We saw how very dry the land is naturally; irrigation is highly visible and successful. Olive...

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Oct 31, 2013 - At Sea, Marmaris to Ashod

At Sea: Marmaris, Turkey to Ashod, Israel , October 31 • Grammar, Myrna and I went to a yogi [Yoga] class this morning with a beautiful young Chilean woman. This was a first for Myrna. It was very slow and Grammar cannot do any of the leaning-on-the-ground stuff. But she did what she could leaning on a chair against the wall and the stretching was good. • Grammar and I walked around the Promenade deck. We did about four laps of the ship before we noticed a sign telling us which way to go. We just thought everyone else was going in the wrong...

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Oct 7, 2013 - Our First Day In The Old City of Jerusalem

Our first day in Jerusalem. was a whirl wind tour of the Old City. We woke to the bright and early sounds of the city happenings. We head out on foot for a fifteen minute walk to meet our guide Johnathan Duitch just outside The Old City’s, Jaffa Gate. Standing there Johnathan tells us how visitors of yesteryear entered the city and how they dealt with un-welcomed or up to no good guests coming through the gate (think Midevil solutions). He points out the remnants of the first and second city walls. According to the Bible, before King...

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Oct 6, 2013 - We Arrive In Jerusalem

Goosebumps.... Are we really here in the Holy Land? We flew through the night from Miami to Paris and into Tel Aviv. Each of us has a unique response landing on this soil. For Jerry it's a true home coming full of joy; this land has been calling his name for a while now and he has arrived! Sydny was overwhelmed with the emotions of recognition, re-connection. For her landing on this soil is a returning. Our young cousin Robert was also overwhelmed and says he felt the connection of coming back. I was in awe with the knowing that we were all...

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Jul 3, 2013 - JP and other friends

Breakfast with Lizzy at NOLA – no beignets ☹ This New Orleans/American breakfast joint in open 24/7 (but not on Yom Kippur) and, as with many things American, is quite the rage. Benedict's, where we had breakfast last week with Margo, is another in this line of "let's bring the USA to Israel" things. That is actually a pretty common attitude culturally all over the world. Take something (anything) from the USA and transplant it locally. The American cachet will ensure the aura of chic and hip. Even when the local transplant makes no sense...

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Jul 2, 2013 - The Namal

The Namal Here is a partial list of things you can eat at the breakfast buffet at the Mount Zion Hotel: • Waffles bar. Waffles with vodka. Waffles with scotch. It’s a full service waffles bar. Made to order. Shaken, not stirred. • 12 different kinds of cheeses. But only 1 of them will have any taste to it. The others will be various kinds of runny, icky consistency, and bland cheeses. It’s kind of like playing "cheese roulette" to find the good one. • Fruit of all kinds. Some cut up fresh fruit and some cut up canned fruit in syrup. Try the...

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Jul 1, 2013 - A Simcha at the Kotel

Happy Canada Day! The front page of Ha’aretz this morning tells us that Egypt is revolting. Frankly, if you ask me, Syria is pretty revolting, too. Meantime, the front page article of the Edmonton Journal online edition: “Butter Chicken Poutine is the true Canadian dish”. Talk about controversy! What about Perogy Pizza??? Today we were up at 6am for a 7:30 Bat Mitzvah at Robinson’s Arch for Alana Wernick and 5 of her buddies from Philly. 6 Bat Mitzvah girls; no waiting. Their combo simcha was just one of about a dozen Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. And...

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Jun 30, 2013 - Emek Refaim - Where Rabbi's come to meet

I drove Liz to work this morning. It was the first time I’ve been to Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station since I dropped off my niece Becky there in January 2007 so she could catch a bus back to Jerusalem where she was then attending Hebrew U. In the past 6 years, the station has become scuzzier, if that’s actually possible. And all I did was drop Liz off near an entry to her clinic. Which is on the 4th floor of the station. Which is actually the ground floor. Which is just plain silly. But it is. The neighborhoods on both sides of the station,...

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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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