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Gallery: His Majesty Abdullah II

Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | Photo Gallery

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
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Busking on Ben Yehuda

Thursday, 20 Mar 2008 | Views [2835] | Comments [2]

So you're playing music in public. There's a tendency to let the money issue get to you when you put your music case out in front of you. Sure you want the validation of monetary payment. But it doesn't matter that you are playing in public for the ... Read more >

Tags: music

Gallery: Goodnight Irene

Thursday, 20 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

Am Yisrael Chai
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Gallery: Yeshke Lives

Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

Galilee, Northern Israel
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In The Shadow of Baha'ullah

Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 | Views [946]

One day until Lena arrives in the Holy Land. My week-long Galilee adventure is almost up. I'm just coming back from a free private tour of a museum exhibit on 'grain' at the Beit Dagon silo in Haifa Port. No joke. Call me "cereal grain shipping ... Read more >

Tags: outdoors, people

Gallery: Route 66

Sunday, 9 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

"Oklahoma City looks ooh so pretty you'll seeeeeeeee"
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Gallery: Yehudah and Shomron

Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | Photo Gallery

East Timor, Kosovo, etc.
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Dust Piles In The City of Patriarchs

Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | Views [1914] | Comments [1]

My cousin Shirley's arrival has ushered in a new phase of my travels; I near the end of my life in Ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem, and gaze upon the greater picture. While frustrating and stressing the hell out of me, fundamentalist Judaism prompted me to ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Gallery: Take 'Em To The Chuhhhch

Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | Photo Gallery

Jerusalem, if I forget you
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Call Me "English Specialist"

Thursday, 21 Feb 2008 | Views [744]

My business cards need to say "Nanotechnologist/Violinist/English Speaker." A month and a half ago, Yerachmiel gave me a slip of scrap paper with a name and a phone number on it, and said "Here, you can pack vegetables for terror victims, ... Read more >

Tags: Work

Gallery: Call me Radagast the Brown

Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | Photo Gallery

Mevo Modi'im, the Carlebach Moshav
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Your music is the tears inside my eyes

Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | Views [1341] | Comments [5]

My violin lurks beneath every story I tell on this blog. I realize now that I am not a solo violinist as of yet; my repertoire is way too thin. But if I didn't bring the beautiful instrument, then how many fewer people would I have met, how many fewer ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Gallery: Dome of the Rock: Perspectives

Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | Photo Gallery

Epic Buildings, Part One
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Old City Redux

Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | Views [968] | Comments [2]

Each time I return to Jerusalem (it's happened twice), a feeling of uneasiness overcomes me. The reasons are threefold: the bus ride through the Judean Hills is a little unsettling; this city is way too cold for its own good; and the religious fervor ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Gallery: Olives Rule

Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | Photo Gallery

Mount of Olives, Jerusalem
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Gallery: Snowing In The Desert

Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | Photo Gallery

Mitzpeh Ramon
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Numbers (Bamidbar)

Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | Views [741] | Comments [1]

I don't know how, but this trip seems to be turning out exactly as planned, even though it wasn't planned at all. I guess I wanted to generally stumble upon new things, to marvel at and to learn from, and that is what is happening. I didn't know what ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors

All Cities Need a Yemenite Quarter

Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | Views [1444] | Comments [3]

Mike Greenberg, my friend, you would be proud. Tuesday in Tel Aviv was a good one for food. I start modestly, breakfast is tea and toast cheshbon ha'bayit (on the house) at the hostel. Three pieces of white bread, one thing of butter and one thing ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Gallery: By The Great Sea

Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | Photo Gallery

Tel Aviv
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Fire of the Torah: An Epilogue

Monday, 21 Jan 2008 | Views [870] | Comments [2]

My last official day at the yeshiva came and went, without being convinced to stay indefinitely. It was a more or less typical day: 840am. breakfast of puffed rice cereal, with milk poured from a bag, and my classmates musing about the proper blessing ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

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