I arrived Tuesday morning and was picked up by Nurit Amir, my dear friend Gali Kinel's mom who lives in a Kibbutz about 30 minutes north of the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, in Kfar Sava. "Kibbutz" is the Hebrew word for a communal establishment.
We were supposed to head to Jerusalem on Thursday, but evidently I brought the rain and snow from California with me to Israel -- It has been snowing in Jerusalem for two days (NOT usual this time of year) and in fact in Re'ut where I am staying tonight with Irit and Lewis Pasco and their three sweet daughters, Leah, Mika and Priel. The roads to Jerusalem have been closed; no one can get in to the city. Instead, I will go to Jerusalem on Monday when the sun is supposed to be shining bright. :)
Below is a picture of the Judean hills surrounding Jerusalem. If you look closely the far hills are covered in snow. The second picture is the valley where Joshua defeated the five Amorite kings after entering the Promised Land (Joshua 10). Wow.