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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Bo 5774 – New Beginnings

January 2, 2014
Bo 5774 – New Beginnings

And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get out from among...
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