Live always at the edge of poetic possibilty, even in the face of severe prose. - Walter Bruggemann

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Ya gotta love Israel

Yahoo's headlining story yesterday - a 3,000 year old beekeeping industry was discovered in northern Israel. Archeologists found evidence that there was quite an industry as they examined 3,000 beehives and some wax stuff. I LOVE IT!
Really - you just never know what you're going to find in Israel. The land of the Bible! I was talking with Yael, my future roommate in Israel. We discussed what was essential for me to bring and what was just extra baggage. Shampoo, nah. Umbrella, nah. I can get all of those items over there, why weight down my limited baggage allowance on that?
I said that I was going to bring some books with me. She sort of laughed. Well not laugh, she said, "what books do you need, we have books here. Novels?" she asked. I said, "no, of course not, who plans on reading novels in Israel?" (secretly, I did think of bringing at least one novel to read but at that point it seemed sort of silly). I said, "well, a book with all my numbers in it, passwords, accounts, telephone, addresses, etc". That book made the cut. Then I said, "I'm bringing a photo book that I've put together of family and dog photos". That too, made the cut. Then I said, "I'm going to bring my Bible". That one threw her over the top. "YOUR BIBLE!??, Israel IS the Bible!!" "But my Bible has all of my notes written in the margins." I pleaded. "I am your notes." she said. You see Yael is an excellent tour guide and, for a secular Jew, knows the Bible historically and archaeologically, inside and out. I told her that may very well be but I still needed my Bible with it's familiar dog earred pages.
Who knows what those archeologists will discover next. Maybe I'll even dig up and discover a few things in Israel too.
PS: Blog question....I uploaded the image with the left format and began my text. In the compose stage the formatting keeps my spaces between paragraphs. When I preview and then post it will loose them. What's up with that???


Marilyn said...

Hi Suz--If nothing else, take your "dogeared Bible"--who knows what insights and truths might be revealed. Mar

Suzanne said...

Amen to that cuz!