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Hiking through Israel at 63, feeling the footprints

Hiking through Israel at 63, feeling the footprints

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION
SECTION D PAGE 10

AFTER miles of climbing the jagged edge of Israel’s Karbolet Mountain, wilting from the vertical and melting in 98-degree desert heat, we held the treasure map in our trembling fingers.

This was not a map to Roman ruins or a friendly hikers’ hut, though there were plenty of those on our 600 mile route through the “Shvil.” What we sought was far more precious: Bottles of water, left by our outfitters, buried in sand as protection from desert pirates. The only water source for dozens of miles to get us through the next day’s spectacular march. No water means no progress; that was the harsh desert rule.

Marked with orange, blue and white stripes, the Israel National Trail meanders over 600 miles from the southern city of Eilat, to the northernmost kibbutz Dan.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 August 2013 11:40 )

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Rosh Hashanah in the summer

Rosh Hashanah in the summerThe days are still long. The sun is still bright. Yet Rosh Hashanah is rapidly approaching. With its early arrival, it makes it hard to want to turn on the oven and heat the house. Labor Day is just days before Rosh Hashanah. It’s still grilling season. As a result of the early holiday, it allows for a change of foods and flavors. Embrace that Rosh Hashanah is early because you just might find that new favorite dish. Mary Fabrikant, owner of Le Vie Catering, recommends utilizing the summer p...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 August 2013 11:58 )

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Formula One in Jerusalem: Accelerating past regulation

Formula One in Jerusalem: Accelerating past regulationTHERE is something different about taking a ride from Shlomi Bakish. Not only can he get from Haifa to Tel Aviv in half the time, but passengers also don’t feel the road. The car accelerates without strain. Unlike many Israeli drivers, Bakish doesn’t express rage when a slower car cuts him off. He sees his opportunity and easily passes on the right. It’s as though he’s driving in a race. For the past decade, talented Israeli drivers like Bakish were stranded in traffic by an unpopular ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 August 2013 10:06 )

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After his heart attack, Grandpa rides bike 3,000 miles

After his heart attack, Grandpa rides bike 3,000 milesMike Samuelson, 67, doesn’t “fear the force of the wind, the slash of the rain.” He “[faces] them and [fights] them ... to walk like a man.” These are the words of Samuelson’s favorite childhood poem, “Do you fear the wind?” by Hamlin Garland, that are inspiring him to bike 3,000 miles on the Continental Divide Trail from Canada to New Mexico. Samuelson grew up in South Africa. He was a very active boy and teenager, always playing sports. In 1970, at the age of 20, he made aliy...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 August 2013 11:53 )

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Jacob Lissek helps US men’s soccer team take gold

Jacob Lissek helps US men’s soccer team take goldTHE United States open men’s soccer team, including Rock Canyon High School graduate and goalie Jacob Lissek, proudly represented the red, white and blue in Israel at the 19th World Maccabiah Games. In nail-biting fashion, the team defeated Argentina to win the gold medal for the first time. Lissek and the team arrived in Israel on July 7 for training camp, 10 days prior to the start of competition. A team of athletes, aged 18-35, from all across the country, this was the first time the teamm...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 August 2013 11:49 )

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