Category Archives: Jewish
I wish I could have finished the book before we reached Masada but… when I do, I will have a better perspective. The last time I was at Masada it was 1985, nothing has changed except there is beautiful new visitor center and a lot of shade structures. I remember we climbed it with Ramah. Now they have a high speed cable car the size of the bus.
It is so special to experience places of significant history of your people. We have learned a lot about the zealots of the time of the destruction of the 2nd temple. Zealotry is the topic of Bennett’s Dvar Torah this coming Monday at his bar mitzvah.
What an amazing day touring the old city of Jerusalem. We walked through the Jaffa gate though the Armenian quarter to the Jewish quarter. Went to the Burnt house, toured the western wall tunnels, saw the kotel, ended in the Muslim quarter. They had soldiers to escort us back to Jewish quarter but Odelia, our guide had some specials things for us to do instead. We had falafel and salads at an old restaurant in the Arab section. We went to the roof top of the Austrian hospice. Incredible views from the rooftop. We then went to see the Christian sites walking the via Delarosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We then went to The City of David and walked the ancient water tunnels from 2000 years ago. Very cool day! Tonight we will walk the city walls.
We have spent a lot if time on the borders lately. Atv’ing on the Lebanese border, overlook of Syria at the Golan heights, and touring an old kibbutz overlooking a defunct hydroelectric plant now in Jordan. They are restoring one if the bridges but why? I can’t imagine the train from Damascus to Haifa coming back soon? The man who crated this masterpiece of technology was named Pinchas, how fitting for next weeks Torah portion. On the way down to Jerusalem we saw where the parsha took place (from the window of the bus). Lila tov
I haven’t spoken Hebrew for almost 30 years. We are in Israel right now and I can’t help myself wanting to throw out some evrit. It is amazing what the brain retains. I was sitting at the bar with David in tel aviv and I needed a napkin. I remembered the word mapeet immediately. I wish I could remember more important things in my daily life. Today we were fortunate to be able to visit an army base on the Israeli/Lebanon border. The soldiers let us climb on the tanks check out their guns and then we are lunch with them in the chadar ochel, food hall. We all spread out and mixed with the 18-21 yr old soldiers. I sat with the girls. It was really nice to talk and ask questions. The word chadar ochel is meaningful to me because we are there 3x a day at camp ramah. Today a new association.
Tonight I made my friend Liz’s apple cinnamon cake in a “spring-form pan” for break-fast or just for breakfast. I was thinking about my blog entry from April 2012 when I thought I was hysterical writing about….”springform pans in 1800’s Europe” and “Do they have 5k’s in Warsaw?”. Back then I thought I was the only one going to read my blog. It amazing that even after the trip, I am still getting followers and my blog has hit over 4,300 hits. Since the trip, I have a visual on the house where my great great grandparents lived. Like me tonight, they prepared special food and deserts for the holy holiday of Yom Kippur. I wonder if we share the same recipes? Did my great great grandmother use a spring-form pan? LOL. Wishing everyone an easy fast.
It’s been a long time since I have blogged. Got a little burned out and hadn’t had a major break through in a while. I decided to cyperstalk at the bottom of the tree to see if I could find some “live” family and make a connection. What I found was a gem! Have had some wonderful emails with cousins on my dad’s side. One of the cousins lived next door to him growing up on Tilbury St in Pittsburgh. How wonderful. I hope we can continue the dialog and meet someday.