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Nov 25, 2019 - explore Jaffa

Yesterday I complained that the modern city of Tel Aviv was rather sterile and architecturally uninteresting. Today we traveled a few miles to Jaffa. Tradition says that Jaffa was founded by Japheth, the son of Noah. You can't get much older than that and it looks it. Quaint, cobblestone streets flanked by crumbling sandstone buildings made this an attractive town for tourists. When my mother was a little girl growing up in Vienna, one of her fondest Christmas memories was getting oranges in her stocking, which came from Jaffa. They are...

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Nov 24, 2019 - city tour

Israel is a young country; only one year older than I am. That's easy to forget when you are in some of the Biblical spots, but in Tel Aviv, it's quite obvious. It is located right next to the ancient port of Jaffa. In 1909, 66 Jewish families fleeing the anti Semitism of central Europe came here for a fresh start. They settled on the sand dunes and began to level them. Jews were not allowed to own property where they came from and they were anxious to buy a piece of real estate and been farming, something they had never done before. As...

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Nov 23, 2019 - main trip begins

Our final stop in Palestine was at a small mosque, located on the spot where the Muslims believe that Moses died. This conflicts with the Christian and Jewish version which says that because of a sin he committed, he was allowed to look over the Jordan River into the Promised Land, but was not allowed to enter. His brother brought the Israelites the rest of the way. The mosque was full of feral cats, something we have seen almost everywhere. I expected to see more dog packs. Mustafa said that Moslems never let dogs stay in the house because...

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Nov 17, 2019 - arrive in the Middle East

After a smooth, uneventful flight we found ourselves in warmth and bright sunshine, a much appreciated change from the weather at home and in NYC. Immigration took a long time; we were glad we were at the front of the line. Your passport doesn't get stamped here in case that stamp could cause you problems if you want to visit neighboring countries. Instead we got a little blue paper, which we must try not to lose since it will be our ticket out at the end. We used it like a subway ticket to go through a gate to the baggage hall. As the...

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May 24, 2019 - Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv has a vibrant energy, particularly in the area I'm staying where the Tel Avivians seem to love their beaches. I have spotted a number of people using the outdoor gym equipment, presumably so they can stay in shape and also look good. Bars and restaurants are busy, even late at night on weeknights, and it strikes me that people here are generally living a pretty good life. On a practical note, I'm glad that Shaul got me a SIM card so that I could access Google maps while exploring this city. It's a little challenging when there are...

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May 2, 2019 - Arrival in Tel Aviv, Israel

I arrived in Tel Aviv on May 2, 2019 which happened to be Holocaust Memorial Day. At 11am, while I was standing in the Customs line, I heard a siren, which marked 2 minutes of silence in remembrance of the Holocaust. This special event is observed by Jewish communities all over the world. Right outside the airport terminal, I could see that a stage had been set up for a special ceremony. Irit told me that this day's events usually include prayers, special songs, and testimonies by Holocaust survivors. During my drive with Irit and Shaul...

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Oct 15, 2018 - Back in Tel Aviv getting ready to transition

We fly out today to Dubrovnik via Istanbul to start our next adventure. I am posting a few more pictures from our last few days along the Dead Sea. I noticed that I had not posted any from Masada, site of the Roman siege during the time of the Maccabees. Herod was quite the builder, and you can still see the remains of Roman camps from the top of the cliff. On our last night here in Tel Aviv we had our farewell dinner at a restaurant appropriately named the Olive Corner. Great food and a find farewellto our traveling buddies. We have...

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Oct 9, 2018 - Hubie might not like the Harissa

Tuesday October 9, 2018 Tel Aviv, Israel Hubie might not like the Harissa Is it okay to start a paragraph with a question? I just did, so there. Here’s the real question. Where is Maya Cohen? When I first visited the Nachalat Binyamin Artisan’s Market in 2004 I was on a synagogue mission with 11 others and the tour guide told us we had 30 minutes to make our way from the northern starting point of the Carmel Market through to its southern exit, where the bus would be waiting for us. That’s a distance of only 3 blocks but with traffic what...

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Oct 8, 2018 - I now own a yarn store in Ra'anana

Monday October 8, 2018 Tel Aviv, Israel I now own a yarn store in Ra'anana.... Parsley flakes get caught in my teeth. And I’m not the only one. This may not seem like news, but it’s sufficiently disconcerting that I feel it’s worthy of discussion. There is no dish that we’ve been served (or served ourselves) in Israel that doesn’t end up having parsley sprinkled on top. I think there must be a law about that or something. It’s not a problem ... I like parsley. The issue is the delay in being able to take photos of people. There is always...

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Oct 7, 2018 - Spring Rolls, Cottage Cheese & Bobka Filet ...

Sunday Oct 7, 2018 Tel Aviv, Israel Spring Rolls, Cottage Cheese & Bobka Filet Tel Aviv is Israel’s largest city by far and it flexes its muscles in every possible direction. Only the Mediterranean requires that it make a hard stop on its western boundary and even then, I suspect it’s only a temporary and begrudging limitation. The ingenuity and creativity that is on constant display here will surely lead, one day soon, to continuation of its manifest destiny to the west. By way of example, I give you the kosher Chinese food station at...

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Oct 6, 2018 - We are still eating ....

Saturday October 6, 2018 Ramot, Tzoran & Tel Aviv, Israel We are still eating …. The LRT bridge built by Santiago Calatrava in 2011 stands at the entrance to Jerusalem. It’s called “The Harp” or “The Chord” bridge, as it is said to resemble King David’s harp (“kinnor” in Hebrew). The bridge was in perfect view as I gazed out the picture windows of the sanctuary of our sister synagogue in Jerusalem, Kehilat Ya’ar Ramot (KYR) during Shabbat morning services .... and then I stopped daydreaming about the view and remembered that I was leading...

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Oct 2, 2018 - First impressions of Israel

(Under construction; making notes in process; to be continued.) We left Petra via bus and headed to the border with Israel. After getting through security, always an adventure with cyborg joints, we were on the West Bank. We stopped at the Jordan River on the Israeli side to see the place where Jesus was baptized. Jordan and Israel are at peace, and the Jordan River has a sign at the spot that says border ahead. We put our feet in, and we saw pilgrims, Russian I believe, that did the full immersion baptism. Tel Aviv is a different world....

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