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Sep 5, 2014 - Part 1: Thoughts on Melatonin and Garin Tsabar

Thanks to Melatonin, today will have 2 entries. But first, a word about Melatonin from Wikipedia: Research has supported the anti-aging properties of melatonin. Younger children hit their peak melatonin production at night, and some researchers believe that the level of melatonin peaks earlier as people get older. This may explain why older adults go to bed earlier, wake up earlier, and have more sleep problems than children do. Some studies have shown that melatonin plays a crucial part in the aging process and that it may act as an...

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Sep 5, 2014 - Part 3: Harry Potter & The Deathly Shopping Spree

Sept 5, 2014 – On a Mission from God (Part 3) Harry Potter & The Deathly Shopping Spree Shira is 9 yrs. old and just finished reading the first Harry Potter novel. In Hebrew. She is brilliant, of course. She asked if I would watch the movie with her following Shabbat dinner with her family tonight at their home and I was delighted to agree. She was concerned for me, however, as the movie has Hebrew subtitles. Osi, her mother, reminded her that I would be okay as the dialogue itself is in English. “Yes”, said Shira, “but they talk so...

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Sep 4, 2014 - From T.O. to T.A.

On a Mission from God – Sept 4 2014 From T.O. to T.A. Air Canada’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner is one sweet ride. It has all the bells and whistles. Even cattle class gets a taste of the finer side of things with lots of legroom and a very user-friendly touch screen entertainment system. Here are some of the things you can determine with about ½ a day’s training on the user-friendly touch screen entertainment system (we had the time; about a ½ day’s worth, actually): • Distance from Toronto to Tel Aviv: 9302 km • Days it would take to drive...

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Jun 16, 2014 - Tel Aviv, Israel

Israël : 7,5 millions habitants Palestine : 4,8 millions habitants Vraiment un pays à voir à découvrir. Un voyage en Israël c’est à la fois un voyage dans l’espace et dans le temps. Israël, berceau du christianisme et du judaïsme. Jérusalem est aussi le 3e lieu saint des musulmans. Tout périple en Israël passe obligatoirement par la vieille ville où l’on circule entre les trois grandes religions monothéistes (judaïsme, christianisme et islam). Bien que souvent on entend à la télé ou que l’on lit dans les journaux des information qui...

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Apr 24, 2014 - Tel Aviv - Beach and Meeting

Sorry for the lack of photos over the past couple of days. Cameras were not unpacked till today. This morning we were up for breakfast and met some more of the group. It was good to see old friends again and meet a few new ones. Christine remained with some of the ladies and I went to the board meeting. The ladies set off and explored a nearby market then walked back along the beach which is broad and has lovely soft sand. They had lunch at a nearby restaurant. She came back to the room and rested - including nodding off for a while. Some...

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Iceland to Israel

Apr 23, 2014 - Third Airline, Fourth Flight

We were up early this morning - earlier than necessary, as it turned out. We checked out of the hotel and with reduced luggage, navigated the airport without the need for a trolley. We dropped our bags at Lufthansa and decided to forego the attendant's advice to have breakfast in the main airport, we proceeded to what we thought would be security. For those who have never been to Frankfurt international Airport, let me assure you it has to be the largest, most spread out piece of real estate on the planet. We walked and walked and missed a...

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Iceland to Israel

Nov 4, 2013 - Tel-Aviv Arrival

I arrived in Tel-Aviv much better rested than I expected. The seats may have been flat, but they were the angled ones where you end up crumpled toward the bottom. I did ok with it though. Monica's flight landed about 30 minutes after mine, and we met up without any problems. Luckily all luggage arrived in good shape. We hopped a train into the city and then a cab to the hotel. He ripped us off a bit, adding a luggage charge for our carry-ons in addition to our suitcases, but it won't kill us. The Diaglev Art Hotel where we're staying is...

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Jul 9, 2013 - If it's Tuesday, this must be Belgium

Our return was delayed. An adventure!!! Our first ever night spent at an airport. We got up at 7:00a.m. Monday morning in Tel Aviv to start our journey home. That's 10:00pm Sunday night in Edmonton. After our initial diversion to Montreal from Tel Aviv, and the 4 hour visit to the airport tarmac there last night, we finally flew to Toronto after the storm passed and arrived at 11:30pm. We then got to wait on the tarmac in Toronto for two hours while waiting for a gate for the plane to pull into to free up so the plane could park and,...

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Jul 8, 2013 - End Notes .... sort of

The plane we are on from Tel Aviv to Toronto is a Boeing 767. That is pretty much the age of the Air Canada flight attendant who is serving our section of the plane. Seriously. I think she was probably hired when the name of the airline was Air British North American. More like a Boeing 1867 if you ask me. And what can I say about the wonderful caring assistance from our crew of Air Canada flight attendants on this plane? Their motto: "Service with a sneer". Ben Gurion airport is a 24 hr. a day operation, with flights leaving and arriving...

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Jul 6, 2013 - Shabbat in Tel Aviv: Part 3 - Birthdays, Bimahs, Beaches & Bombs

HaYom Yom Huledet shel Lizzy! We gave her all the Beit Sefer HaMaflotzet (Monsters University) tchotchkes that we found at Toys ‘R Us and The Disney Store in Times Square in NYC a month ago (seriously – we left Edmonton a month ago today!). Along with our American Express Card and Bank Card to travel with for her remaining 10 days in Israel and 10 days following in Berlin & Amsterdam that should be sufficient by way of birthday presents, I’m guessing. Shabbat morning at Neve Shechter in Neve Tzedek. A Sefardi Masorti Congregation led by Rav...

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Jul 5, 2013 - The shuk ate my wallet!

The shuk ate my wallet….or something like that. But let’s not dwell on that when we have many more fun things to do. Our little family is all in Israel for the first time. What with Lizzy’s work yesterday morning and party last night and Ari & Faren’s afternoon jet lap induced sleep catch up yesterday afternoon and evening visit with Etai, today was the first day that we all got to play together. Lizzy had a rough morning after the night before. Thank you Club Penny! And so she slept in while the other 4 of us went to Café Lindwer on...

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Jul 4, 2013 - The Medical Clinic

Ari & Faren arrived at 6:11a.m. this morning– 50 minutes early. Oops, missed the big B’ruchim Ha’Baim l’Yisrael moment. Sorrrrrry!! I got up at 6:00 a.m. as it was. Who knew I needed to get up at 5:00 a.m. And who takes a flight that arrives at 6:11a.m. anyway! What’s up with that, El Al? Ari & Faren are zonked – After a short walk to the bakery and back for some rugelach and berekhas, the slept the morning and ½ the afternoon away. Meantime, Debbie & I took the No. 4 bus (6.60 NIS fare, thank you very much) down Ben Yehuda & Allenby to...

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