Thursday, July 10, 2008

Hibba Part III: Watering the cedars of Leban

On this day of my journey, I awoke at 6:00 AM. Crazy, no? The first activity of the day was Kibbutz Misgaav Am, which is on top of Israel and within spitting distance of Lebanon. While there we were talked to by a wizened old trooper from Cleveland who's fought in four of Israel's wars and doesn't approve of war. Makes sense. Robert E. Lee, officer in the US Army for a time, once said, "It is well that war is so terrible- lest we should grow too fond of it." War is bad, even though some of the more Chassidish members of our group spent an hour trying to convince our speaker that it would really be a simple matter indeed to just go over and massacre some Lebanese peasants. Not that I've ever fought, of course. Anyway, he was no pacifist, just an old and wise man. We had to pack up, because Mordechai Ashkenazi, head of the Israeli armed forced, was coming to give a speech. It seemed that he wasn't too interested in meeting us, which makes sense to me.
Following that it was time for, you probably didn't guess it but no matter, hiking! Yes, I sweated! The joy!
For lunch I got ripped off at a pizza shop in Tiberias, one of the four holy cities, (blame the almighty editor for this one), but I managed to remain calm and not assault anyone.
Sorry, I'm rather tired, and this post is showing it.
Ooh, these tiny paragraphs are so much fun. They're almost like doughnut holes.
The Rambam is buried in Tiveria, and visiting his grave is considered to be a Segulah for getting hitched. So far neither woman nor horse has come close.

And that, folks, was the day. Short but sweet. In fact, pathetically short. That hike took a lot longer to walk than it did to write.

9 comments:

Nemo said...

And another missed site (and reason to return to Israel) ... Amukah!

Yes, the famous Kever of Reb Yonasan Ben Uziel, where the professionals go for their Segulahs.

(Hint, it doesn't work unless your round the dome on the roof 7 times)

Cheerio said...

when they took us there in sem, they DID NOT give us enough time for that!

Eliezer said...

1. You neglected to write about our boat ride on the Kineret.

2. You also forgot the amazing event the occurred before the boat ride: we left a mere seven minutes late!

YochananG Aust said...

you neglected to mention that the hike was supposed to be a water hike yet Aharon was disappointed at the fact that there was very little water and the bi-air miriam cruise across the Kineret

Eliezer said...

You also neglected to write about the session we had that night with the soldiers.

Nemo said...

With all this neglect, maybe pushing off marriage won't be such a bad idea!

The Real Shliach said...

Hey Eliezer, how do you remember so well? You read my diary or something? Actually, last night I was really tired, and wasn't paying attention to the two lines I dedicated to the boat ride. For everyone who wasn't there, I'll try and write an addendum to the third day now.
As for you Nemo, well, I wasn't really planning anything anyway...

Eliezer said...

You won't try and write. You will try to write.

Elisheva said...

Cheerio - They actually took you to Amukah? Thats hilarious. I purposely didn't go thinking I was being "rebellious".

The guy at the Kibbutz had a beard a baseball cap? And you're sitting there looking at Hizbullah controlled villages no?