Tisha b’Av 5774 — Why I’m Fasting Today

August 6, 2014
Tisha b’Av 5774 — Why I’m Fasting Today

Today is Tisha b’Av, the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. The Mishnah says five disasters occurred on this date:         The twelve spies came back with their report on the land Israel, and ten of them had a negative report that...
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Hamas is a terrorist organization; the IDF is not

July 22, 2014
Hamas is a terrorist organization; the IDF is not

Any regular reader of this blog knows that I am an ardent critic of the Israeli government.  The continued building of new settlements only serves to weaken the chances for a two-state solution.  The ongoing occupation of the West Bank is immoral.  There is no way to justify leaving millions of Palestinians living under...
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Israel Trail Day 45: Zofar to Paran

July 17, 2014
Israel Trail Day 45: Zofar to Paran

July 13, 2014 Wikiloc Map: Zofar to Paran Distance: 33.1km (20.5 miles) Total distance since Tel Dan: 951km (589 miles) Despite — or maybe because of — the situation in Israel, with rockets and missiles flying back and forth between Israel and Gaza — a break off in the wilderness sounded like a good...
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Feeling Schizophrenic

July 13, 2014
Feeling Schizophrenic

This is a really really hard time to be an Israeli “peacenik.” Hamas has obviously had some great success in smuggling long-range rockets from Iran into the Gaza Strip. Rockets have been falling all over Israel, including in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, as far south as Mitzpeh Ramon and as far north as near Haifa....
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Balak 5774 – Time to Kill Balaam

July 4, 2014
Balak 5774 – Time to Kill Balaam

I don’t remember what I said that caused it, but early this morning as I was getting ready to head out on a bike ride I said something that caused my wife to respond “wow, you’re a little grumpy this morning.” Yeah, I was grumpy this morning. I’m probably not the only person in...
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Israel Trail Days 43 and 44: Gevanim to Zofar

June 23, 2014
Israel Trail Days 43 and 44: Gevanim to Zofar

June 15 and 16, 2014 Wikiloc Map:     Gevanim to Holit Night Camp Holit Night Camp to Zofar Distance: Day 1: 25km (15.6 miles) Day 2: 28km (17.4 miles) Total distance since Tel Dan: 918km (569 miles)  Solitude.  That’s the big impression from these two days on the trail.  It’s not uncommon that I...
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