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Day #8 - Hope - Israel/Palestine

15 March 2024 In a way we end the trip where much of this difficult story begins … in the old city of Jerusalem.  It is a last minute decision whether we will go or not, because, of course, this is how we roll here.  It is the first Friday…

Day #7 - Complicated - Israel/Palestine

14 March 24 One of the the things we have heard from pretty much every person who has spoken with us – and something we confirm with each new piece of information or perspective on life here – is ‘it’s complicated.’  Somehow, some way when it comes to trying to…

Day #5 - Trust - Israel/Palestine

12Mar24 October 7th was a day that changed so much in the life of people who live here. Life already possessed its challenges and the events that day simply intensified those challenges. We spent our day with a few different people, most of whom remained committed to the hard and…

Day #4 - Together? - Israel/Palestine

1 1 March 2024 We find ourselves in Akko/Acre today with the intention of exploring a city that has both Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs living there. Even as I write those words to try and describe the people who inhabit this city, I am reminded that everything is complicated…

Day #3 - Context - Israel/Palestine

 10 March 2024 We started our first full day on tour together getting some grounding and context. The grounding came in the form of some listening exercises.  In order to be able to encounter more than one narrative, one needs to be willing to sit and listen to those narratives…

Day #2 - Arrival - Israel & Palestine

9 March 2024   Some notes upon arrival … the juxtaposition of ‘normal’ and not normal has been the theme of my first 24 hours back in Israel.  The airport looked and felt the same, but the combination of it being Shabbat and tourism being 20% of ‘normal’ this time…

Day #1 - Anticipation - Israel/Palestine

8 March 2024 As this trip approached a few people genuinely inquired if I was excited about the trip.  Looking forward?  Yes.  Curious?  Yes. Compelled?  Yes.  Excited? – unless I considered the chance to spend time with my brother and his family, to which the response would be a unadaulterated…

Day #0 - Looking Forward - Israel/Palestine Mar24

שָׁלוֹם!! You are in the right place if you are looking for where I (Rabbi Mo) will post about my trip.  I look forward to sharing my experiences, reflections and reactions with you!  Our itinerary begins on Saturday night Israel Standard Time.  ‘Talk’ to you then (or hopefully, sometime not…

May I Have A WORD With You - Stone/אבן/Evan

Stone/אבן/Evan Taking one of the stones of that place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. (Genesis 28:11) Even if you like your pillow hard as a rock, I doubt that you would actually use a stone or a rock as a pillow. In Vayetzei,…

It Is Hard To Be A Jew In This Moment

It is hard to be a Jew in this moment … the horrid barbarism of Hamas’ attacks shakes us to our core.   Our people have been murdered, injured and taken captive … simply because they are Jews.  For some Jews these attacks recall their own direct experiences of hatred…

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