Passover: Feast of Love, Feast of Faith

April 14, 2014
Passover:  Feast of Love, Feast of Faith

Every year at our seders we explore the concept of freedom. What is it? Who’s free and who’s not? Is it about being free from Pharaoh, or being free to serve God? Is it individual freedom or collective freedom? What are we personally enslaved by? But there are other themes associated with the holiday....
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Israel Trail Day 39: Oron to Midreshet Ben Gurion (The Karbolet)

April 12, 2014
Israel Trail Day 39: Oron to Midreshet Ben Gurion (The Karbolet)

April 8, 2014 Wikiloc Map: Oron to Midreshet Ben Gurion (The Karbolet) Day 39 mileage: 21.7 (35km) Total mileage since Tel Dan 491 (792km) Day 39, April 8, 2014 This day was not only the most difficult day I’ve had on the trail, it was the most physically demanding thing I’ve done since I...
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Israel Trail Day 38 Meizad Zafir to Oron

April 12, 2014
Israel Trail Day 38 Meizad Zafir to Oron

March 2, 2014 Wikiloc Map: Meizad Zafir to Oron Day 38 mileage: 12.5 (20km) Day 38, March 2, 2014 Didn’t get the earliest start today, but it didn’t really matter as I was only doing about 12 miles. Given the distance – an hour and a half drive now – this is probably the...
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A Reminder of Why I Like Living in Israel

April 4, 2014
A Reminder of Why I Like Living in Israel

Today has been a reminder of why I love living in this crazy country, despite the political idiocy I blogged about a few days ago. History, scenery, diversity, food, weather. We went on a short tiyul (day trip) today to Tel Goded to admire the wildflowers. It’s a beautiful spring day, perfect hiking weather....
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What are they (Netanyahu and Abbas) thinking?

April 3, 2014
What are they (Netanyahu and Abbas) thinking?

The news in this morning’s paper (April 3, 2014) is all about the imminent collapse of the peace talks being brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry. The Americans blame both sides for taking steps to sabotage any chance of a deal: the Palestinians for applying to become a signatory to 15 different...
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Tazria 5774 – Picking and Choosing

March 28, 2014
Tazria 5774 – Picking and Choosing

And the leper in whom the disease is, his clothes shall be torn, and his head bare, and he shall put a cover upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean. …Leviticus 13:45 I hope my Christian friends won’t be offended by my asking this, but I really don’t understand the Christian relationship...
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