Not Kansas

“The more you say, the less they’ll hear; that’s the Golden Rule of Guiding.” It was 1985, and we were at the end of the nature guides’ course of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, and after learning about history and plants and...

It was a Livnot hike like many previous ones. True, it was very hot, but then – when is a hike in the Golan Heights in the summer *not* hot? We were not far from a natural waterfall and swimming pool, which means it was...

Israel and Hamas The 12-Step Ping-Pong Survival Kit Michael Even-Esh, a Livnot educator and tour guide based in the Golan Heights, gives his assessment of the summer's Gaza war between Israel and Hamas Sitting in a synagogue in America recently, I heard tunes from the days...

Livnot has been hiking this path for 34 years. Nobody else really does this on such a regular basis anymore. But another 3-day hike, yet again, was just completed by Livnot’s one-month Galilee Fellowship program (along with some wonderful past- chevre; note: you’re all invited to...

Letters to G-d from a Bored Jew Dear G-d. Again? Same ol, same ol? Fall’s around the corner, the World Series is coming soon, and we Jews have to spend *hours*in the synagogue. Hours, G-d. Not even *you* have to spend that long in...

Not Kansas: Bi-Polar Opposites The Two Poles On Wednesday, we finished the 3-Day Hike. On Friday, there was a memorial service for soldiers in my unit that fell in the Second War in Lebanon. The two events were not connected at all. In fact, they...

Sweet Potatoes and Super Mario “We’re having a party for Mario upon his retirement from the Israel Organic Farming Organization. And no, we’re not going to eat fruit and vegetables the whole time. This man is the organic Ben-Gurion of Israel, and we’ve decided to...

Not Kansas – Purim 2013 The Guide to Conscious Purim Partying So yeah, it’s Purim again. You find part of an old tux, a top hat and a fake beard, and you go to the Purim party as Abe Lincoln. You see someone...

This year for Tu B’Shvat, I want to write about a different kind of tree. This is a tree you cannot see with your eyes, but you can feel it in your soul. It’s a root system with fruit that you can’t eat, but you can taste...