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Vacation Thoughts

Aug 19, 2012 at 05:20:06 PM

Back from an amazing week in the Golan Heights, in Israel's northeast corner. Some random thoughts:

• I always thought that Hawaii had the ultimate weather, but the Golan was indescribably great: 80 during the day, 70 at night, with a cooling breeze all the time.

• The town where we stayed – Ramat Magshimim – is just a few miles from the Syrian border. So I took a 40 km bike ride from the Syrian border to Lake Kinneret. Exhilarating!

• One aspect of Israeli life that I've always treasured is the relative safety of day-to-day life. I can send my 7-year-old alone to the grocery store, and have my teenage daughter walk home after midnight, without fear of anything weird happening. Our stay in the Golan was even more carefree; we marveled at how nothing gets locked up – not bikes, not homes, not even the Holy Ark containing the expensive Torah scrolls.

• This area of the Golan was overrun by Syrian invaders on the first day of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. It's a good thing Israel didn't cave into all the pressure and hand the Golan over to Syria's Assad regime. Imagine how worthless that piece of paper would be right now.

• The family whose home we rented was totally hospitable and treated us like kings – offering full use of everything from toys, games and books, to bikes and washing machine. They fulfilled the number one rule of a good host: Making us feel at home!

Published: August 19, 2012

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Visitor Comments: 2

(2) R Dennis Leveridge, September 12, 2012 8:46 AM

I spent a week driving, hiking, and exploring the Golan Heights. It is a most beautiful place--so scenic and peaceful. I loved it.

(1) Anonymous, August 20, 2012 7:43 PM

Wish I could be there!

Very glad you are seeing all the beautiful bright sides. K'siva vachasima tova.

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