Monthly Archives: December 2008

Last Day in Israel

We’re coming home today. I am ready. I love Israel, but being here with only one of my eight children and missing my wife, home cannot arrive soon enough. To see my family, go to derekleman.com Yesterday we went to … Continue reading

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The Israel Journey and Thoughts on MJ

We are alive. I say this because some people may have heard about a tourist bus that crashed yesterday near Eilat and 24 tourists were killed. The driver was trying to race another bus to get through a checkpoint and … Continue reading

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Do I Wear a Yarmulke in Gethsemane?

Yesterday was Ein Gedi, Masada, Jericho, and the Dead Sea. But today we start touring Jerusalem. I want to consider an issue of identity, Yeshua, the Jewish Community, and so on. Do I wear a yarmulke in Gethsemane? I mean, … Continue reading

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Israel Days 4 and 5

Friday morning we began the day by leaving our hotel in Tiberias by the Sea of Galilee and driving south. We made a lot of stops on our way to Jerusalem, where I hoped we would arrive at our hotel … Continue reading

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Israel Day 3

It wouldn’t do to have two emotional, super-charged days in a row, so today’s touring went at a slower pace and with a bit more of an educational purpose. The weather in Israel was amazing again today: cool, sunny, and … Continue reading

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Israel Day 2

If yesterday was a rainy, dreary day, then today could hardly be more perfect. We even worked up a sweat walking a trail down the Mount of Beatitudes. This was one of the more emotional days of the itinerary. Christians … Continue reading

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Israel Day 1

I woke at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv and was soon on the balcony enjoying the view. There was a pronounced rainbow over the Mediterranean. Good signs and good things. The day was mostly rainy. Yet we were excited instead … Continue reading

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A Few Pics From Past Trips

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Headed for the Land

Today is packing day, getting ready for my seventh trip to Israel and the fifth one I have led as a tour host. I speak in churches, usually 40-50 a year, although numbers are down in this economy. Christians all … Continue reading

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Limited Diversity at Emory University?

The beneficial interplay of ideas. The challenge of relating to the other. The mental sharpening of genuine dialogue. And I like a definition found on Wikipedia:

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