Jerusalem skyline, Shabbat sunset, and a real honor to schmooze with distinguished Israeli Professor Monty Penkower via NYC, Professor Emeritus of Jewish History at the Machon Lander Graduate School of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem), the prize-winning author of many books on the Holocaust, on American Jewry, and on the rise of the State of Israel in […]

Jerusalem pt2

Fell upon the Notre Dame Cathedral while strolling through beautiful Jerusalem, a Catholic chapel located in an old building of the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Sion. The unique YMCA across the street from our King David Hotel was dedicated in 1933 with the words, “Here is a place whose atmosphere is […]

Dr. Az buys book/Church of Annunciation

Our friend Aziza, a pediatrician from Bangladesh now in Boston, buys “Not a Real Enemy” just before we visit the holy Church of the Annunciation. This church in Nazareth is one of the Holiest Christian sites. It stands in the site that was believed to be the house of Mary, where she announced that she […]

Baptisms at Jordan River

The beautiful, important, seemingly endless Jordan River flows roughly north to south through the Sea of Galilee and onto the Dead Sea. As the site of the baptism of Jesus Christ, the Jordan River is the source of all holy water in Christianity and has attracted pilgrims from across the world for centuries. The site of John baptizing Jesus, […]

Beit She’an near Jerusalem

Beit She’an National Park as we make our way to Jerusalem.  Beit She’an is considered one of the region’s oldest cities. It has played an important role in history due to its geographical location at the junction of the Jordan River Valley and the Jezreel Valley Theatre of Beth Shean (Scythopolis) Best preserved ancient theatre […]


Tiberias at sunrise (see the outdoor piano)? It is an Israeli city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. It has been considered since the 16th century to be one of Judaism’s Four Holy Cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron, and Safed. Today, Tiberias is a vital tourist center due to its proximity to […]


Safed is a lovely Jewish town near the Galilee, one of the four sacred cities. Another fascinating corner of this unique and diverse country. It was the birthplace of the Kabbalah, a set of esoteric teachings meant to explain the relationship between the unchanging, eternal God—the mysterious Ein Sin (“The Infinite”)—and the mortal, finite universe […]

Site of Jesus’ final years

Capharnaum, Israel on the Sea of Galilee, Jesus’ last few years, by far the most recorded-Hail Mary or a Notre Dame TD? It is referred to as Jesus’ own city and a place where he lived. The “Spaceship” was the church commemorating the healing of the paraplegic on the Sabbath. Later, the Jews began persecuting […]

Mom’s 6th Anniversary Yahrzeit

We had mom’s 6th anniversary Yahrzeit, or memorial, by the Hebrew calendar 5782 last week, and today is the same by the standard calendar-she was loyal and patriotic to the U.S., Hungary, and Israel. While she never belonged to a political party and was certainly never racist or discriminatory; instead, she was engaging and always […]

Visit To Caesarea, Israel

During my trip to Israel, I had the pleasure of visiting the city of Caesarea. The ancient metropolis was built by Herod the Great to serve as a major Roman port. Here are some of the sites I visited while in Caesarea: This incredible sight reminds me of “Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii,” one of […]