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The Blog is Not Dead

It has been over a month since my last blog. The blog is not dead; I guess it is just hibernating.

I need to blog about my camping trip at Masada, the company “team build” in the Negev, my trip to Germany, and the Columbia wedding in Israel. Plus, I’m still planning on writing about the original flight to Israel and our first few weeks in Israel.

Also, I have not written much about why we decided to move to Israel, why we picked Ra’anana, and why we are leaving Ra’anana.

Of course, I also need to start commenting on the news and such.

In reality, I probably will not cover all of that because everyday there is more.

So why haven’t I been writing? What’s the problem? The answer is “too much and not enough” — too much going on and not enough time to blog about it. The problem is mostly work. Having a real job really gets in the way of eveything else that I want to do.

Enough excuses.

I’m writing this now using my iPhone while traveling to Jerusalem where I work. I think this is the first time that I’ve written a blog from my iPhone.

Don’t get use to it.

The wonderous iPhone may be amazing, but blogging with it is a pain in the…, but right now I’m a bit desperate.

Bottomline: the blog is not dead!

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Eruv Rosh HaShana

Today is eruv Rosh HaShana, meaning the Jewish new year starts tonight at sundown.  Rosh HaShana is a two-day holiday and this year it leads into Shabbat. This is the only scenario for a three-day holiday for those living in Israel. It is a bit odd that our first holiday is a three-day holiday.

Things are still moving at a very fast pace, so it is hard to keep up and difficult to blog. Too much to do. Since I need to get ready for the holiday, this is all I’m going to write for now.  I’ll be back after Shabbat.

Happy New Year!

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Radio Silence

We were temporarily living in a small apartment with a broken WiFi. However, there were a handful of nearby, open access points allowing us limited access to the Internet.

We moved a couple of days ago into the home that we rented for the year. All of our neighbors are smart enough to the have encrypted WiFi, so now my only access to the Internet is via my cell phone.

It is not so simple to get Internet to the home. You need a physical link from one company and an ISP service through a different company. The landline phone service can be provided either by the link provider or the ISP provider. The link can be regular twisted pair, cable, or satellite (all different companies).

I finally decided that I want to use cable for my link. I called today, but the automated message system only offered languages of Hebrew and (I think) Russian.

I then called the ISP that I wanted and they did have an English option. So, through that call, the ISP confernce called the cable company and found an English speaker.

We agreed to the terms an then the installation was scheduled.

SEPTEMBER 13! THAT’S CRAZY!! (that’s my quote after being told when it could be installed.)

They called me back an hour later and confirmed a better time for me — this Friday.

That is the current plan. I don’t yet know when the ISP portion will be done, but I hope I’ll have full Internet access in the home by early next week.

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Over the Edge

I need to get some sleep.  Everything is finally packed and ready.  I need to get up in 3 hours to meet the bus.  The bus will head up to New York, and from there an El Al flight will take me (and the family) to Israel.  We are scheduled to arrive at 8:30 am (Israeli time) on Thursday.  So much has happened over the last few days, but there has been no time to write.  I’ll try to reflect on some of it later.

Check out this link after the landing to see the arrival: http://www.nbn.org.il/live/

If you use facebook, you can find it at the “Official Nefesh B’Nefesh Fan Page” (http://www.facebook.com/NefeshBNefesh?ref=ts)

I gotta get some sleep.

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