Category Archives: Travel Journal

Live Blogging #2: UMJC Rabbi's Retreat

I guess it’s not exactly live blogging when you don’t have an internet connection in the conference room. But at least I can give you some on the scene notes from this meeting in beautiful Palm Springs, California. Our topic … Continue reading

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Live Blogging: UMJC Rabbi's Rereat

I am in Palm Springs, California. Out the back window of my hotel room is the San Jacinto mountain range. An 8,500′ peak rises, blocking the horizon. I may have the chance to take a tram up the mountain this … Continue reading

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Jerusalem, Hidden and Enduring

Some people think it is easy for us who are believers. That is, we who believe in the Divine, it might appear to outsiders that our belief comes effortlessly and automatically. Maybe we’re just naive. But the silence of God … Continue reading

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We Missed Archaeological Find by One Day!

I just arrived home this morning at 6 a.m. from Israel. I was glad but sad to read the news that we missed by one day being the group to make a remarkable find at the Temple Dirt operation in … Continue reading

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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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