Just got this from a dear friend…

The following is brief excerpt from a note I sent to a friend this morning – thought you might enjoy a little stream of consciouseness from Israel:
 
“a light rain is falling on Jerusalem carrying a tinge of cold contrasting to the sun of the Northern Galilee.  Driving by the Syrian border yesterday, a small, well-appointed chocolate factory is being operated by an Argentinian woman – on land in contention, chocolates . . .
 
breathing deeply, sometimes it is hard to supress a smile . . . . the contrasts between beauty and struggle, stillness and confusion . . . looked at broadly, a philosophical narrative of how all dissolves into a whole, and in deep stillness this truth is penetrating . . . traveling here one can feel an underlying anxiety and unsettleness at times . . . in the mountains, the ancient town of Safed is filled with artists . . . going through this village and discovering five centuries of contemplation, the ancient seat of kabbalitic practice, an open door with a wall of stillness powerfully pouring out as young men bow slowly as they silently recite scripture, in rapture . . . absorbed!”

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