Learn, Unlearn, Relearn

Alvin Toffler is of course putting in other words the sage advice offered by Yoda a long long time ago, in a galaxy far far away. But as a statement about contemporary education (rather than specifically Jedi training), Toffler is surely right that the pace of advance in knowledge means that anyone who wants to [Read More...]

A Visible Boundary

In my Sunday school class today we talked about Israel and Palestine, as this was my first Sunday in church since my trip. Because the question of distances between places came up, someone in the class looked up Israel on Google Earth. As a result, we all got to see something that one can see [Read More...]

How to Spot the Secret Atheist Handshake

Jim West often has a bee in his bonnet about atheists, but he doesn’t always seem to have actually observed any, and so I thought I would share this to help him out. From The Far Left Side.   [Read more...]

Christianity and Same-Gender Relationships around the Blogosphere

Rachel Held Evans wrote a beautiful post on Huck Finn and the need to listen to our conscience rather than texts at times, even when those texts are considered sacred. Richard Beck concurred. Tony Jones and Bob Cornwall were among those who emphasized that it is not only allowable but important that our views evolve [Read More...]

Happy Super Towel Day!

I got back from my trip to Israel yesterday, just in time for Towel Day, in honor of Douglas Adams. Some are calling this “Super Towel Day” since 5+25+12=42. The trip had a couple of Douglas Adams moments or aspects, such as the fact that one of the books we all read together was A [Read More...]

Jerusalem, Jaffa, and Tel Aviv

We made it through passport control and customs at Tel Aviv airport, in what seems like record time. The early hour of the morning helped. So now I can blog about the day’s events.   We started off at the traditional site of the last supper, in what would have been the upper city of [Read More...]

The Apocalypse is Like…

From Tree Lobsters, solidly at the intersection of religion and science fiction.   [Read more...]

The Importance of Language Learning Illustrated

This morning I had a useful illustration of why learning as much as you can of a language is important. This morning, I left my bag near my room as instructed and went to the elevator. A couple of bellboys passed and I heard one of them say a number in Hebrew. I was fortunate [Read More...]

Old City of Jerusalem

  Today most of our time was spent in the old city of Jerusalem. We started at the Kotel, the Western Wall or Wailing Wall, which is the last remaining wall of the second temple, i.e. the temple that was standing in Jesus’ time and which was destroyed by the Romans in the year 70. [Read More...]

From Bethlehem to Yad VaShem

Today was much less hectic than previous days. Baligh our tour director moved the museum visits to today (although in the end we only had time for one) so that we can have time tomorrow to go early in the morning when the line forms for those non-Muslims who wish to visit the temple mount, [Read More...]

Masada, the Dead Sea, and a Jeep Adventure (Including the Mar Saba Monastery!)

After the camel ride, our next stop was Masada, the mountaintop fortress near the Dead Sea which was created by the Hasmoneans, expanded and developed by Herod the Great, and occupied by Jewish fighters in the war against Rome.     From there, after having lunch, we traveled to the Dead Sea where the students [Read More...]


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