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My Israeli Adventure: Day 3 (Pottery, Tanks, Soldiers & Bugles)

My Israeli Adventure: Day 3 (Pottery, Tanks, Soldiers & Bugles)

Day 3 of My Israeli Adventure started out pretty early because our party of 13 had to make our way out to Beit Guvrin National Park. All I knew about the day’s itinerary was that we were going on an archaeological dig.And as with so much of this week-long trip, I didn’t ask any questions...
My Israeli Adventure: Half of Day 2 (Food)

My Israeli Adventure: Half of Day 2 (Food)

After a short, silent bus ride from Yad Vashem, our group ended up at the market. Not just any market. It’s called Mahane Yehuda. And it’s also known simply as “The Shuk.” We handed ourselves, and our stomachs, over to Tali Friedman. Tali is a well known Parisian-trained, Israeli chef with a culinary studio located...
My Israeli Adventure: Half of Day 2 (Tears)

My Israeli Adventure: Half of Day 2 (Tears)

Our second full day in Jerusalem was one of extremes. Extreme sadness while visiting Yad Vashem, the Holocaust history museum. And giddy happiness while touring Machne Yehuda, a food market full of amazing tastes, smells and sounds. First thing in the morning, at Yad Vashem, we got to know our guide Hazy Flint. I had...
My Israeli Adventure: Day 1.5

My Israeli Adventure: Day 1.5

I’m baaaack. From my trip to Israel, of course. I’ve actually been back for a few days but this jet lag thing is a bitch. Not to mention unpacking, laundry, laundry and catching up with my husband. We hadn’t been together for ten whole days. And by together, I mean in the biblical sense. Which...
My Neuroses Is Peaking (Packing For Jerusalem)

My Neuroses Is Peaking (Packing For Jerusalem)

Next week at this time, I’ll be deep in the Holy Land. (Next Week In Jerusalem.) And I’m starting to pack for my trip. Well, at least think about packing for my trip. Because this week, the last week of school for the kids, is going to fly by and I want to minimize my...
Next Week In Jerusalem

Next Week In Jerusalem

Dust. Crumbling buildings. Falafel. Suicide bombers. This, of course, is what I think about when I think of Israel. My homeland by virtue of my Jewish heritage. I’ve never been before. But I’m going. In a week. With my family. At least some of them. Two of my brother’s kids, my niece and nephew, are...