Well, here I am in Israel after one L O N G 24-plus hours of travel from San Francisco to Tel Aviv . I am here to participate in a press trip sponsored by American Associates, Ben Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU), do some additional reporting work, and, of course, to visit friends and family. I haven’t been able to return for almost four years, so I am very happy to be back – despite the bad news about the terrorist attack in Jerusalem and the rocket landings in the south immediately upon my arrival late in the afternoon yesterday.
I’m gearing up to blog and report on the innovative green technology research at BGU that I am going to be learning about next week. Be sure to tune in here for my updates, beginning Sunday.
In the meantime, my severe jet lag is rendering my brain useless for just about anything other than scrolling through Facebook status updates. Two videos that were making their way across the social networking landscape today, although very different from one another in form and content, struck me as being the flip sides of a coin. One is a prime (albeit humorous) example of the dysfunction and discord within today’s adult-led Jewish community, and the other is about how wonderful the Jewish future could be if the way to it was led by some very wise children. As one girl says about being Jewish and taking Judaism and the Jewish people into the future, “It’s a big job!” – but it looks like these kids are up to it.
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