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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Getting ready for the next trip

We have been back in America for a week and are already planning for the coming trip in May. This past trip was amazing and will be hard to top, but I think bigger things lie ahead. We plan to return to sifting project of the rubble thrown out from the Temple Mount. Space is limited on the next trip so we need wisdom on who should go. The transition between Israel and America is never easy, but this time has been especially hard, I would assume that is because of what happened in Israel. May G-d bless the Jewish people and the Land of Israel each day. David

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Back in the US

We arrived back in America yesterday after a fantastic 10 days in Israel. The last couple of days were spent in the Galilee touring and seeing the beautiful north of Israel. This was one of the best trips we have had, the people who went with us were great and were always happy to do whatever was needed. We had life changing experiences, perhaps one of the most powerful was when we helped at the Temple Mount sifting project. This work was taking some of rubble thrown out by the Muslim authorities in charge of the Temple Mount and sifting through it for artifacts from the First and Second Temple period. These stones were covered by the ash from the burning of the Second Temple by the Romans. I had never had an experience quite like it. To have the ashes from the Second Temple on our hands was amazing. Please pray for our coming trip in May 2010. It will be here faster than we think. May the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless each of us. David

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Day six in Jerusalem

Today in the early morning we left for the Dead Sea and Massada. The weather in Jerusalem was cool and pleasant. After we had decended 4,000 feet to the floor of the Jordan Valley that was no longer the case. The temps were in the mid 90's and the air was thick with dust. We arrived at Massada in mid morning and took the cable car to the top. We had a great time touring the top of the mountain and left for as swin in the Sea. Everyone had a great time floating on the Dead Sea. We arrived back in Jerusalem In the afternoon and are soon on our way to eat at a local Italian restaurant. We are off for the galilee tomorrow for our lasttwo days so it may not
be possible to write, if not pray for us that we arrive safely on wednesday. David

Friday, November 06, 2009

Day five in Jerusalem

Today was day of sight seeing and relaxing after three days of work. The group went on a tour of the Old City of Jerusalem in the morning. They also got in a little shopping before the start of Shabbat. We had a good Torah study followed by a round table discussion of the week's happenings and the impressions of everyone of the trip so far. Today we are off to Massada and the Dead Sea. Please continue to pray for us as we travel about. David

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Day four in Jerusalem

What a fantastic day we r having! We just finished two hours at the Temple Mount archeology dig. We were sifting thru the rubble that was dumped by the Muslims in digging under the Temple Mount. Artifacts have been found as far back as the time of the first temple. Our group found pottery pieces from the first temple period. Our guide pointed out that everything we touched was covered in gray ash. This ash was left from the burning of the first and second temples! What N awesome
feeling to know we were actually touching the remains of the temple! We will definitely return again next year. This afternoon we will visit the garden tomb.
Tomorrow we tour the Old City. David & Jean

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Day three

Day three in Jerusalem was bright sunny and cool. The group painted two homes here, one was the home of an Ethiopian family and one of an American immigrant. Both were very needy families. It was a great experience for both the group and the families. Everyone did a great job ad I thank G-d for them all. Tomorrow it is off to the dig. Thank you all for your prayers. David

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Day two

Today we went to two towns to paint two apartments. One was in kfar Sava and one in Raanana. Both families were very appreciative and thankful for our help. It has rained all day. Tomorrow we have two more work projects in Jerusalem. Everyone had a great time. Tonight Donna is working to get the paint out of her hair. Yesterday we celebrated Ed's birthday. This is the second year Ed has celebrated his birthday in israel. We are looking forward to a day of sunshine tomorrow.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Day one in Jerusalem

We arrived last night right on time, the flight went well. After collecting the suite cases we were off the the hotel. Everyone made the trip well and hopefully will get a good nights sleep. Of course I doubt that since jet lag has a way of disrupting our schedule. For example it is now 2:30 in the morning and I am doing this blog. We exchange money today do a little sight seeing and then off to the first work projects. Both will be near Tel Aviv so it will be a trek. Please pray for us each day that we do exactly and only those things that G-d has planned for us. I think I will give sleep another try. Will write more later. David