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Trekking from Nazareth on the first leg of the “Jesus Trail,” I ascend to Zippori National Park, which sits atop a mountain 289 m above sea. The site houses archeological ruins from an ancient Jewish city whose history is much like Israel’s itself; Zippori has experienced a multitude of changes, with civilizations ousting one another in turbulent sequence.
This past week has been my spring break and for most of it, I have spent it traveling alone with the occasional few nights and days with people that I met at youth hostels, from my university in Istanbul and with friends living in Tel Aviv. I thought that traveling alone could be lonely, and it can be, but I discovered that there are so many ways to make it less so and to meet new people
I had the unbelievable experience of being present during a historic moment today. I was at Jerusalem’s Western Wall during the Women of the Wall prayer service when, for the first time, police actively protected women donning prayer shawls. Since 1988, the Women of the Wall have met at the Old City’s Western Wall
One of the best things about living in a tiny country like Israel is how easy it is to escape from one part of it to a drastically different part of it. And by this, I don’t mean leaving the city for the suburbs (as was often what I did in New York), but leaving Tel Aviv for the desert.
In recent years, Tel Aviv has built itself a reputation as something of a party animal. While it is true that the city seems like it’s stuck in a perpetual holiday, that the streets are constantly full of tanned, bathing suit clad beach goers, the cafes are also bustling, and no one quite seems to own a suit (wait,