Category Archives: Israel


On our last day, we went to Masada and the Dead Sea.  We rode camels and will soon have a festive dinner together on our last night in Israel 2017.  On Masada we offered mourner’s Kaddish for a dear relative of one … Continue reading

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Out of Darkness

On the short bus ride to Yad VaShem (The Jewish People’s living memorial to the Holocaust), Lana asked us to imagine a room that would fit 100 people, then think of a space that holds 500 people, a 1000 people and … Continue reading

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Shavua Tov! Just landing from a truly wonderful Shabbat and pre-Shabbat tour.  Friday morning we went to the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot.  The website explains it best: “Next to the Rehovot Science Park, on Kibbutz Hill, stands the Ayalon Institute, which … Continue reading

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A Divided City

A call for a day of rage, a tekes/graduation ceremony for tons of Israeli soldiers, a walk on a 2000-year-old sidewalk, a stop to get free WiFi and a toasted cheese bagel. Women standing on chairs, peering over to the men’s … Continue reading

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Liberating Judaism

“When we fight against the monopoly, we are actually liberating Judaism for all Israelis and since this is the fastest growing Jewish community on the Planet, it is a worthwhile fight.”  Anat Hoffman speaking to our Beth Am Tour this evening. … Continue reading

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40 Miles From Damascus

What a difference two years makes.  Standing only 40 miles away from Damascus, we looked out from the Golan Heights into Syria.  Today, the U.N Guards were looking at their cell phones and only occasionally into their high powered telescope pointing … Continue reading

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Silver Platter

We started the day with a lecture and discussion on the complexities of Israeli society and culture with Professor Paul Liptz.  One hour for the topic is certainly not nearly enough, but it was enough to make very clear–living here means simultaneously … Continue reading

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