Israel Trail Days 49 and 50 Shaharut to Be’er Ora

December 6, 2014
Israel Trail Days 49 and 50 Shaharut to Be’er Ora

November 6 and 7, 2014 Wikiloc Maps: Shaharut to Timna, Timna to Be’er Ora Distance: 44.6 km Total distance since Tel Dan: 1077km (667 miles) I’m getting so close to the finish I can taste it. After these two days I’m now down to two days on the trail to reach the finish at...
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Israel: The Country I Love, Driving Me Crazy

November 28, 2014
Israel: The Country I Love, Driving Me Crazy

My brother and sister have both told me in the last few days that their friends who know I’m living in Israel have asked how we’re doing. They read about the terror attacks, etc., and are worried about our physical safety. Physical safety is pretty low on the list of things I’m worried about...
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Israel Trail Days 47 and 48: Tzihor to Shaharut

November 10, 2014
Israel Trail Days 47 and 48: Tzihor to Shaharut

October 19 and 24, 2014 Wikiloc Map: Tsihor to Shaharut Distance: 49.3km Total distance since Tel Dan: 1032km (640 miles) These two days included my longest day on the trail, 42km (the distance of a full marathon) and my shortest day on the trail, 7km. Most people don’t divide this section up that way....
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Bereshit 5775 – Knowing Good from Evil

October 20, 2014
Bereshit 5775 – Knowing Good from Evil

“And the LORD God said: ‘Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.’ Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden, to...
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Yom Kippur — The Day Atones

October 4, 2014
Yom Kippur — The Day Atones

Yom Kippur atones only for those who repent.  Rabbi says: Yom Kippur atones whether one repents or one does not repent. …Talmud, Shevuot 13a On Yom Kippur, the day itself atones… as it is written, For on this day, it shall atone for you.  …Mishneh Torah, Laws of Repentance...
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Israel Trail Day 46: Barak to Tzihor

October 3, 2014
Israel Trail Day 46: Barak to Tzihor

October 2, 2014 Wikiloc Map: Barak to Tzihor Distance: 32.1 km (20 miles) Total distance since Tel Dan: 983km (610 miles) Barak Canyon is one of the most impressive sections of the Israel Trail.  The topography reminded me of Petra — narrow, sheer vertical cliff walls. It’s really a special place. I had decided...
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