|The sun sets on Jerusalem for the final time that I saw it there|
On the northwest side of the Center property is a favorite place of mine, which became a sacred spot to me. Here almost daily, encouraged by our Muslim friends' call to prayer, I would go out on my own to think, to mediate, and pray. On this last evening in Jerusalem, I went there to say goodbye to the city I love and to pray there one last time.
|The view of the Old City from my favorite place on the Center grounds|
|Looking towards Mount Scopus and Hebrew University|
|"Jerusalem, if I forget thee!"|
|The historical models of Jerusalem|
|My heart was rent as I took this picture of the center in the the light of our last sunset|
In the middle of the students' Memories Meeting, we stood to take our leave (the other faculty families left the next day with the students, so we were leaving early). They gave us a tribute and sang "God Be with You Till We Meet Again."
Many saw us off in the center garage, including our security chief (and gym trainer!) Tarek. He is one of the many I will miss.
|With Tarek Safedi|
|Samuel loading his luggage in the van so that our trusty Hassan could drive us one last time|
There is no reason to recount the time and inconvenience that accompanied our check in at the Tel Aviv Airport. We were in line for hours, had 5 of our 12 bags unpacked, and then still had personal security and immigration. We then had a little time left for a snack before we boarded our plane. Snack of choice: our favorite Magnum bars!
|Rachel loved the double chocolate|
|But it will always be a white Magnum for me!|
And our Holy Land Adventure was over . . . but it was always be part of my memory and my heart.