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[Weekly WOW #078] Church of the Holy Sepulcher:

Where Christianity’s Greatest Despair and Its Brightest Hope Meet. Kneeling in front of the large flat stone of limestone marble, my fingertips tentatively touched the smooth, cool surface. It was not the original anointing stone where Joseph of Arimathea placed the body of Jesus Christ and prepared it for burial, but the picture in my […]

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[Weekly Wow #047] Bedouin Hospitality in Israel’s Negev Desert:

Hot Coffee and a Cool Place for a Bar Mitzvah We were in the desert, and deserts are supposed to be hot. Right? Well, the Negev in Israel obviously didn’t get the message on that morning in early March. Oh, it was warm to be sure, but not the preview of hell I was expecting. […]

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[Weekly WOW #025] An Agricultural Goldmine in Israel’s Negev Desert:

From Unwelcoming Wasteland to Garden of Eden It used to be that the word “desert” would conjure up visions of endless mountains of sand and rock: barren, unrelentingly arid and hot, but beautiful in its own right. That was until my Israeli cousin took Simon, Otto and me on two excursions into the Negev, where […]

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[Weekly WOW #021] Kadma Winery in Israel:

Amphoras at the Kadma Winery

An Ancient Fermentation Process Yields an Exceptional Experience for the Modern Palate Our 2013 visit with my family in Israel held many wondrous experiences. One of several on our first day was a visit to the Kadma Winery in the heart of the Judean Hills, where the fermentation method, the owner and the wine all […]

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[Weekly WOW #013] Argan Trees

From Their Birthplace in Morocco, These Amazing Trees Spread Their Precious Oil Around the Globe Our first encounter with the argan tree (also known as tree of life) was in Israel’s Negev Desert, a long way from its origins in southwestern Morocco. The trees and the oil they produce turned out to be one of […]

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[Weekly WOW #011] The Ramon Crater:

Geological Wonder in Israel’s Negev Desert Think of an enormous asymmetrical hole in a desert that looks less desert-like with every passing year, and you’ve got a geological WOW called the Ramon Crater. When Simon, Otto and I visited my family in Israel in 2013 we saw many exciting and mind-boggling sights, but on our second […]

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[Weekly WOW #006] Jerusalem’s Western Wall Tunnel

The History of a People Runs Deep The ancient stone beneath my fingertips was cool and surprisingly smooth.  Moving slowly over the surface, my fingers encountered other similar stones, held together by nothing other their own weight. This was a small section of the hidden portion of Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, and its very existence in […]

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Documentation for Guide Dogs Traveling to Countries Outside the U.S.A. ~ by Simon

(Before I turn this space over to Simon, here are two suggestions that might be helpful. (1) The following information, in most cases, applies to pets in general. If you’re planning to take your furry friend outside the U.S., always check the official government website of the country you will be visiting. This is also […]