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This Night In Jerusalem

This Night In Jerusalem

Today, I had the great pleasure to meet three of the Israeli bloggers we link to and write about, on my road to Jerusalem.

We took the ride from Tel Aviv to Petah Tikva, one of the earliest Jewish towns, where we met Anne from … (take a guess).  Anne lives on a nice, quiet street.

Petah Tikva Israel

(Petah Tikva, Israel)

We lunched at a nice restaurant near the Intel center in Petah Tikva:

William A Jacobson and Anne In Petah Tikva

(Me and Anne in Petah Tikva)

We then headed on the road to Jerusalem, stopping in to see Adam Levick of CiF Watch, a blog devoted to taking The Guardian newspaper to task for its frequently distorted coverage of Israel.

Adam Lives in Modi’in, a relative new residential complex about 20 minutes from Jerusalem:

Modi'in Israel

(Modi’in Israel)

We shared coffee and stories with our wives at the nearby shopping mall:

William A. Jacobson and Adam Levick

Me and Adam Levick

Finally, we arrive in Jerusalem in the early evening, in enough time to have dinner with Aussie Dave and his wife from Israelly Cool.

We walked from the Mamilla Hotel where we are staying, which is on the edge of the Old City Walls.  Approaching the Old City remains magical:

Jerusalem Old City Wall

(Old City Wall – Jerusalem)

We walked through the Armenian and then the Jewish Quarters, where we took this photo:

William A. Jacobson and Aussie Dave Old City Jerusalem

(me and Aussie Dave)

and then on to the Western Wall, always an emotional an experience:

Western Wall Jerusalem

(Western Wall – Jerusalem)

Jerusalem Western Wall

(Western Wall – Jerusalem)



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2nd Ammendment Mother | July 22, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Love the pics from the working vacation…. someday I’ll make it to Jerusalem too.

Henry Hawkins | July 22, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Thx for sharing these. Awesome.

Wonderful pics of Jerusalem (and you of course) but I especially like that you shared the faces of other great bloggers.

I hope Aussie Dave doesn’t mind that I use the name of his blog to say:

They are all Israelly Cool. 🙂

    mzk in reply to Joy. | July 23, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Nice to finally see see what Dave looks like. He lives no far from my cousin, but I’ve never run into him.

It’s always good to see real life pictures of bloggers whose posts we have read and relied upon. Thanks for all the great pics and keeping us updated on your trip.

No need for me to guess, Anne in Petah Tikva is one of my favorite bloggers anywhere, and definitely my favorite in Israel. In times past she has kept me civilized when I might not have been otherwise. I’m very glad you had a chance to get together.

    Aridog in reply to Aridog. | July 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    If you are touch with Anne again while there, ask her if she knows anyone crazy enough to go bowling in the midst of a missile attack in Kiryat Shmona? If she’s standing near a mirror she should easily recall just who that was…. 🙂

    Aww. You’re so sweet! I’m blushing. 🙂

    And you’re too hard on yourself. I’ve never had to moderate any of your comments. You just say things as you see them, which is no bad thing in this day and age.

      Aridog in reply to anneinpt. | July 23, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Perhaps not in comments, but in emails you’ve been great and a touchstone over the years. I appreciate it.

DidntBuildit | July 22, 2013 at 7:31 pm

What an absolutely fabulous set of pictures, being able to meet with an absolutely fabulous group of bloggers, on your “road” to Jerusalem. I hope you and Mrs. Insurrection are relishing the experience. I look forward to some posts, when you get back, about any insights your blogger friends shared. And then there’s the Wall…especially at night…mystical, magical, historic and spiritual. And open for all to see, no matter what religion (at least since 1967).


LukeHandCool | July 22, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Great to be able to put faces on some wonderful bloggers.

My pupils are dilated from an eye exam, so my vision is blurry right now, but it helps to detect a fuzzy fair dinkum aura around Aussie Dave.

Very nice… Pictures complete the story.

Thanks for sharing the pictures. Oh, I don’t know if it’s this way now, but when I was there in early fall, there were wonderful scents of various flowers, which the smells were something that I’m not used to in my area in TX. That’s one thing that I remember, the scents of all the flowers and plants.

    It depends which area you were in. If you were in the greater Tel Aviv area or the coastal plain you would have smelled the orange blossom. The citrus groves produce fruit twice a year – in spring and in autumn (aka Fall). The smell of the blossoms is overpowering. You either love it or hate it. I love the smell.

    Petach Tikva used to be a major orange growing center but in recent years they’ve uprooted the orchards to make way for new housing, but there’s still a small orchard in the park down the road from my house which produces oranges and that wonderful scent twice a year.

    There are also honeysuckle, jasmine, rosemary, lilac, myrtle, hibiscus, lemongrass and many more other plants growing in hedges and just “around”. Each plant produces a beautiful flower and scent at a different season.

Intel does business with Israel?!?!?!? Why don’t all those liberal bloggers boycott their computers then?

Sheesh 🙂

    mzk in reply to Paul. | July 23, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Heck, we (Israel) designed a lot of their chips! I know we worked on the 386, don’t know what is going on now. But they have a big place that employ a lot of programmers in my own Haifa.

Wow. I’ve never seen a tree-shaded street scene like that in Israel. Looks so serene and peaceful. Is Mrs.urrection the photographer?

Nevadasteve | July 23, 2013 at 1:08 am

Hope you’re having as much fun as the pictures make it seem. The Israelis are such a laid back people, especially considering the neighbors they have.

Nice pix – I got a chill up my spine at the sight of the Western Wall.

God bless you all, and keep you.

(Aussie Dave looks exactly as I pictured him)!

Thanks Professor, for the pics. It’s a view of Israel many of us haven’t seen. Keep ’em coming!

what a beautiful description of Jerusalem by night. Truly moving. Enjoy your vacation.

Whoa! Photo of me right at the top – just the thing to scare your readers away! 😀

Seriously, it was a pleasure meeting you Professor, and your lovely wife. I hope you don’t wait another 30 years before your next visit!

Enjoy the rest of your stay and I look forward to more photos and updates.

Beautiful pictures! An amazing journey.

Carol Herman | July 23, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Add commentary on what is going on in Israel right now. Where are people standing with kerry? Are people hopeful Bibi’s found a path to peace talks? What about the release of killers from “life sentences without parole?”

Just another day walking in the park? Are there “benefits” to peace talking I just don’t see?

Am Yisrael Chai.

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