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Friday, January 18, 2008

Dad's Visit to Israel

You don't know how excited I was to finally see Dad on Saturday at the airport! Although it had only been 6 months since I had seen him, it felt like years. But, there he was, sitting in the airport waiting for me to come and get him. After we sat in the Sherut Cab for what seemed like an hour, we were on our way to Jerusalem. We walked in the front door of our apartment, and Dad was greeted with, "Pop Pop!!" from Carlie. Needless to say, Dad was excited to receive such a warm greeting. The reunion of Dad and Carlie was very cute!

This week, we've done quite a bit. We went to the Old City and saw the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall, and walked through the Arab Market. We also took Dad to our bi weekly shopping location, Super Deal! This store has a lot of American products, and it's pretty reasonably priced. We've also gone to the top of the YMCA tower for quite a view! I think Dad enjoyed taking a tour of HUC...and I know I was pretty proud to show him around. After spending so much time there, it was a relief to just be walking around without having to stress about any homework or tests!

I took Dad to Yad Vashem. He was there last summer, but I wanted to give him the chance to see it again. At night, on Tuesday night, we went to the Israel Museum. We saw the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the model of Herod's 2nd temple Jerusalem. It was cold outside, but it was an enjoyable visit. Yesterday, we went to Kumran, to see the history of the group that wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ein Gedi, a beautiful nature reserve with a lot of waterfalls!

When you visit Ein Gedi, there are some pretty interesting hikes. There is also a pretty difficult hike that is intended for pretty fit hikers. Dad and I made that hike, and I was very proud of him. It was tough, and Dad was very scared, but he did it. It took us about two and a half hours, but when we reached the top, the views were amazing and well worth the hike. Dad joked several times that I had almost killed him, but in reality although it was very hard, neither of us were ever in real danger.

Today, we went to Bethlehem. I took Dad to see the "Fence, Wall, Barrier," or whatever else it is called. I also wanted Dad to meet my friend Tamer, a very educated and nice man who works for peace from the Palestinian side. We went to the Church of the Nativity and had a great lunch at an awesome restaurant "The Tent Restaurant." Tomorrow, we are going to Shabbat morning services at HUC, and then off to the airport for Dad's return trip to the States. It will be sad to see him go, but Batya's Mom comes to visit, so we're looking forward to that!

We've posted some more pictures from Dad's visit, and we'll post some more from Greece and Mom's visit...and also from Carlie's 2nd Birthday party!

Shabbat Shalom!

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