Israel Trail Days 36 and 37 Be’er Efe to Makhtesh Hakatan

February 26, 2014
Israel Trail Days 36 and 37 Be’er Efe to Makhtesh Hakatan

February 17 and 18, 2014 Wikiloc Maps: Be’er Efe to Meizad Tamar Makhtesh Hakatan Day 36 mileage: 11.1 (18km) Day 37 mileage: 14.2 (23km) Total mileage since Tel Dan: 456 (737km) Day 36, February 17, 2014 For these two days I had a special treat: My daughter Katherine came with me. By now, I’m...
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Israel Trail Days 34 and 35 Tel Arad to Be’er Efe

February 24, 2014
Israel Trail Days 34 and 35 Tel Arad to Be’er Efe

February 3 and 10, 2014 Wikiloc Maps: Tel Arad to Arad Arad to Be’er Efe Day 34 mileage: 9.4 (15km) Day 35 mileage: 10.1 (16km) Total mileage since Tel Dan: 430 (695km) Day 34, February 3, 2014 Well, by now I feel quite comfortable with “commuting” on highway 60 through the West Bank to...
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The Better Angels of Our Nature

February 16, 2014
The Better Angels of Our Nature

People often lament the fact that our technological progress outstrips our moral progress. I know I have felt that way, and have said that in the past. One look at the headline news – school shootings in America, gang rapes in India, laws against homosexuals in Uganda, children drafted to fight in civil wars...
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Mishpatim 5774 – Do it because you love me

January 24, 2014
Mishpatim 5774 – Do it because you love me

 “And he took the Book of the Covenant, and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, All that the Lord has said will we do, and hear/understand/obey.” …Exodus 24:7 A few years ago, I started my ruminations on this phrase in this week’s parsha with the question “Is it...
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Israel Trail Days 32 and 33

January 23, 2014
Israel Trail Days 32 and 33

January 6 and 13, 2014 Wikiloc Maps: Meitar to Yatir Yatir to Tel Arad Day 32 mileage:   9.5 (15km) Day 33 mileage: 12.7 (20km) Total mileage since Tel Dan: 412 (664km)   Day 32, January 6, 2014 I find when doing a day on the trail – especially a long day, as this one...
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Beshalach 5774 – Taking the long way

January 9, 2014
Beshalach 5774 – Taking the long way

The baby who would have been my second grandchild – Luke Joseph Patton – was born and died more or less simultaneously this morning. As I was thinking about this short, and in its own way perfect life, I was reminded of something from this week’s Torah reading – the thing I come back...
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