Emor 5774 – Don’t Use God’s Name as a Weapon

April 29, 2014
Emor 5774 – Don’t Use God’s Name as a Weapon

And the son of an Israelite woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the people of Israel; and this son of the Israelite woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp; And the Israelite woman’s son blasphemed the name of the Lord, and cursed. …Leviticus 25:10-11   God does...
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Two Minutes

April 28, 2014
Two Minutes

Today is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Here in Israel a two-minute siren just went off. The country mostly stops – cars pull over, drivers stand respectfully by their cars, everything just stops, for two minutes. I work from home; the one daughter who was at home at the time and I stood outside....
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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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