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If you're not on my friends list and have been wondering why I've been silent for the last two weeks, it's because we were in Israel, and I'm neurotic enough not to post that publicly until I've returned. I just marked all those posts public, but I don't know how your RSS reader will handle it. So, if you want to know how our trip was (and it was amazing), start with the first post and work your way forward with the little green arrow at the top of each page.

And, of course, if there's something I should have seen over the last two weeks, you may wish to point it out to me here.
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If you're not on my friends list and have been wondering why I've been silent for the last two weeks, it's because we were in Israel, and I'm neurotic enough not to post that publicly until I've returned. I just marked all those posts public, but I don't know how your RSS reader will handle it. So, if you want to know how our trip was (and it was amazing), start with the first post and work your way forward with the little green arrow at the top of each page.

And, of course, if there's something I should have seen over the last two weeks, you may wish to point it out to me here.
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24 hours ago, to within a few minutes, we pulled away from [livejournal.com profile] abbasegal's and [livejournal.com profile] dodajen's house in Efrat. We just walked in the door. A lot of catching up to do. We had a great time, and to be honest I wasn't getting homesick, but it's quite pleasant to be sitting at my own table.

After I get some groceries and the mail and have had some lunch[*], I'll unlock the last two weeks of entries and write up our flights and our delightful couple of hours in the lobby of JFK terminal 3 with my parents.

ETA: * - Yes, I know it's the tenth of Tevet. Fasting on top of 24 hours of travel, which included three separate spans of 45 minutes of sleep, and a 7-hour time shift to boot, is not a Good Idea.
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24 hours ago, to within a few minutes, we pulled away from [livejournal.com profile] abbasegal's and [livejournal.com profile] dodajen's house in Efrat. We just walked in the door. A lot of catching up to do. We had a great time, and to be honest I wasn't getting homesick, but it's quite pleasant to be sitting at my own table.

After I get some groceries and the mail and have had some lunch[*], I'll unlock the last two weeks of entries and write up our flights and our delightful couple of hours in the lobby of JFK terminal 3 with my parents.

ETA: * - Yes, I know it's the tenth of Tevet. Fasting on top of 24 hours of travel, which included three separate spans of 45 minutes of sleep, and a 7-hour time shift to boot, is not a Good Idea.
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Well, it's almost midnight. We're through security, and waiting for our flight to begin boarding. The kids have stayed awake. We grabbed a snack, opting not to avail ourselves of the kosher McDonalds here in the airport concourse but instead having chocolate croissants. I got our VAT refund. The airport has free wi-fi and I'm IMing with [livejournal.com profile] oma_greene and [livejournal.com profile] violetcheetah. Our flight is marked as "on time" for a 00:40 departure.
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Well, it's almost midnight. We're through security, and waiting for our flight to begin boarding. The kids have stayed awake. We grabbed a snack, opting not to avail ourselves of the kosher McDonalds here in the airport concourse but instead having chocolate croissants. I got our VAT refund. The airport has free wi-fi and I'm IMing with [livejournal.com profile] oma_greene and [livejournal.com profile] violetcheetah. Our flight is marked as "on time" for a 00:40 departure.
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This morning, Tani accompanied R to her school, and Alissa accompanied M to hers.

 

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So this is probably my final post from Israel. Thank you all for your comments; it's been great feeling like you're sharing this amazing experience with us. I apologize for my seeming overuse of the word "amazing" for the last two weeks, but I think it was apt every time I used it. This has been an unparalleled experience. We're sorry to see it end, but we know that too much of a good thing will cloy, and we are all starting to feel a little homesick. So, l'hitraot to Medinat Yisrael; we look forward to our next visit!
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This morning, Tani accompanied R to her school, and Alissa accompanied M to hers.

 

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So this is probably my final post from Israel. Thank you all for your comments; it's been great feeling like you're sharing this amazing experience with us. I apologize for my seeming overuse of the word "amazing" for the last two weeks, but I think it was apt every time I used it. This has been an unparalleled experience. We're sorry to see it end, but we know that too much of a good thing will cloy, and we are all starting to feel a little homesick. So, l'hitraot to Medinat Yisrael; we look forward to our next visit!
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With all the craziness, I never posted the pictures from Wednesday. Read more... )
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With all the craziness, I never posted the pictures from Wednesday. Read more... )
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• At Masada, we bought pre-packaged sandwiches for lunch. Mine had ink-jet-printed on the wrapper, next to the date, "The vegetables are heter mechirah" (in Hebrew, of course). The things you don't think about before you get here. [Basically, the year that just ended a few months ago was a Sabbatical year, and heter mechirah is one of the ways to get kosher vegetables during a Sabbatical year.]

• You may recall that I bought an MSI Wind netbook before the trip; it's what I've been using for this blogging and photo uploading, and it has lived up to expectations. In one of the stores we were in today, I noticed that the owner had the same model, except that (of course) hers has Hebrew-English keycaps on the keyboard. I'm jealous. (Yes, I know they make stickers, but I don't like their feel; and I'm not going to add a USB keyboard to a netbook; that would be silly.)
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• At Masada, we bought pre-packaged sandwiches for lunch. Mine had ink-jet-printed on the wrapper, next to the date, "The vegetables are heter mechirah" (in Hebrew, of course). The things you don't think about before you get here. [Basically, the year that just ended a few months ago was a Sabbatical year, and heter mechirah is one of the ways to get kosher vegetables during a Sabbatical year.]

• You may recall that I bought an MSI Wind netbook before the trip; it's what I've been using for this blogging and photo uploading, and it has lived up to expectations. In one of the stores we were in today, I noticed that the owner had the same model, except that (of course) hers has Hebrew-English keycaps on the keyboard. I'm jealous. (Yes, I know they make stickers, but I don't like their feel; and I'm not going to add a USB keyboard to a netbook; that would be silly.)
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Today we headed back into Jerusalem for one last day of sightseeing.

First of all, I promised you all a better shot of this pizza joint's sign:



We parked by Jaffa Gate and headed through the Old City to our first stop, which was the Wohl Archaeological Museum of the Herodian Mansions. On the way, one person we passed called out to me, "There's no need to rush, sir, the Messiah is already here!"

I didn't tarry to find out if he meant Shabbatai Tzvi or someone else.

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Today we headed back into Jerusalem for one last day of sightseeing.

First of all, I promised you all a better shot of this pizza joint's sign:



We parked by Jaffa Gate and headed through the Old City to our first stop, which was the Wohl Archaeological Museum of the Herodian Mansions. On the way, one person we passed called out to me, "There's no need to rush, sir, the Messiah is already here!"

I didn't tarry to find out if he meant Shabbatai Tzvi or someone else.

Read more... )
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Today was Shabbat, and once again we spent it quietly here in Efrat. This morning I was asked to lead the shacharit service, which I was honored to do. It went pretty well; one difference from what I'm used to is that the priestly blessing is actually done by the kohanim here every day.

Last night, Tani started chanting, to a tune much like the conga line melody, CE-le-BRATE the TO-RAH! DANCE the HO-RAH! LIGHT the me-NO-RAH! And he got the other kids to start, too. Non-stop for most of Shabbat. Oy.

In this afternoon's Torah reading, Jacob tells Joseph: And as for me, when I came from Paddan, Rachel died unto me in the land of Canaan in the way, when there was still some way to come unto Efrat; and I buried her there in the way to Efrat. Very odd to be hearing that in situ.

H and I went back to Burgers Bar for dinner, as we had done last week. Tonight, the TV was showing the latest news from the front. An IDF jeep pulled up out front, and two soldiers came in to the restaurant, with their machine guns slung over their shoulders; they placed a large to-go order. Others from the jeep went into the pizza place a few doors down, presumably to do the same. One of the soldiers struck up a conversation with another man who was wearing a baby in a front-carrier. The juxtaposition of the baby, the gun-carrying soldier, and the night-vision images of exchanges of fire was surreal. We finished our meal and left before the soldiers' order was ready, but one assumes that they were on Shabbat leave and were heading back to their base, and were picking up dinner on the way.
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Today was Shabbat, and once again we spent it quietly here in Efrat. This morning I was asked to lead the shacharit service, which I was honored to do. It went pretty well; one difference from what I'm used to is that the priestly blessing is actually done by the kohanim here every day.

Last night, Tani started chanting, to a tune much like the conga line melody, CE-le-BRATE the TO-RAH! DANCE the HO-RAH! LIGHT the me-NO-RAH! And he got the other kids to start, too. Non-stop for most of Shabbat. Oy.

In this afternoon's Torah reading, Jacob tells Joseph: And as for me, when I came from Paddan, Rachel died unto me in the land of Canaan in the way, when there was still some way to come unto Efrat; and I buried her there in the way to Efrat. Very odd to be hearing that in situ.

H and I went back to Burgers Bar for dinner, as we had done last week. Tonight, the TV was showing the latest news from the front. An IDF jeep pulled up out front, and two soldiers came in to the restaurant, with their machine guns slung over their shoulders; they placed a large to-go order. Others from the jeep went into the pizza place a few doors down, presumably to do the same. One of the soldiers struck up a conversation with another man who was wearing a baby in a front-carrier. The juxtaposition of the baby, the gun-carrying soldier, and the night-vision images of exchanges of fire was surreal. We finished our meal and left before the soldiers' order was ready, but one assumes that they were on Shabbat leave and were heading back to their base, and were picking up dinner on the way.

Loose Ends

Jan. 2nd, 2009 08:06 am
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A few things that I'd forgotten in earlier posts.

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Loose Ends

Jan. 2nd, 2009 08:06 am
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A few things that I'd forgotten in earlier posts.

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Today we went to Bet Guvrin National Park, where Archaeological Seminars is excavating the Mareshah ruins. It was an amazing experience. If you ever have a chance to participate in a real live archaeological dig, do it.



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Today we went to Bet Guvrin National Park, where Archaeological Seminars is excavating the Mareshah ruins. It was an amazing experience. If you ever have a chance to participate in a real live archaeological dig, do it.



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