June 9, 2012
Israel has changed so much in the 36 years that I have been coming to visit and sometimes live here, and perhaps nowhere is this more obvious than in Tel Aviv. What was once a decent-sized town with one tall building on the shores of the Mediterranean has grown into a major international city of substance and style.
June 8, 2012
Sometimes when traveling in Israel you have a day that encapsulates the remarkable layering of cultures and civilizations that would make this an extraordinary destination if there were no contemporary religious or political importance to the country. Today was such a day.
June 7, 2012
I began today with a run on the land of our Kibbutz hotel, HaGoshrim, in the "far north" of Israel, close to both the Lebanese border and the Golan Heights. The area is simply lovely, green with fruit trees and vistas towards the nearby mountains, running alongside streams of fresh water covered by small bridges.
June 6, 2012
Leaving Jerusalem always feels strange to me, as though I were departing from the most important place on earth to go somewhere less significant. It's not that Israel isn't filled with fantastic places and interesting, beautiful, and compelling experiences outside of Yerushalayim.