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Ancient Mythology meets Orthodontia?!

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Today’s adventure was a guided tour of the ancient city of Jaffa. We learned that Jaffa is a Tell, which literally means Mound. A “Tell” is an area where one civilizations builds their habitat upon the ruins of a previous civilization. Over time the area looks like a mound. There are several other distinguishing characteristics like it needs to be on a major road or Path. In this case, Jaffa is one of the first ports to ever grace the Mediterranean Sea. It preceded the City of Tel Aviv and even had its own fresh water supply which traveled almost 22 kilometers to reach the city. The old city is now beautifully restored and is an art colony. We enjoyed walking the quaint streets of Jaffa and experiencing its culture and wares. The best part of Jaffa though had to be the view of the coastline of Tel Aviv.

Following Jaffa we ended up at the market in Tel Aviv. The markets are so alive, it is just wonderful to walk the streets, soak, up the culture, and sometimes just talk a break and sit down and enjoy a small “nosh”.

Dr. Warshawsky Teaches the MTM System in Tel Aviv, Israel

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Well, at some point reality hit and Dr. Neil Warshawsky had to take a 2 day hiatus from living history and teach his course.

MTM System Course

Dr. Neil’s course was hosted by the owners from Medord Ltd. Yifat and Sarai. They could not have been more accommodating. Between 2 days of teaching we had in excess of 150 students spend almost 18 hours of class time. It takes effort to put on a course, let alone 10,000 miles from home. While I am on the clock, I am accessible during all breaks, lunch, etc… and we all got along well.

I found it incredibly ironic that everyone kept asking me for my book on the technique that I was teaching. Book? Who has time to write a book? I laughed hard at that. Maybe when I get  a little older and things slow down that will be a project of mine. As anyone around me knows I am always doing 3 things at once. What is amazing is that the class was filled with doctors from all over the middle east and the Netherlands. We all got along well and enjoyed a few days of learning together.

Evidence that Canaanites brushed their teeth!

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Day 3 of the adventure of a lifetime brought Dr. Neil and his family to the City of David, the starting point of Jerusalem.

Just outside of the location of the Western Wall is irrefutable evidence of the City of King David. The dig is still active, and it is obvious as you walk through it. Evidence predates this city prior to the old City of Jerusalem. Why was it important? Simple, they had the water source/spring. What is simply astounding was that they dug a tunnel to bring the water from the spring under the city almost 1400 meters through solid rock. It ended in Retention pond, which is called Shiloah’s pool. This tunnel was dug by hand by 2 teams from 2 different directions and yet they were successful. Along with the tunnel for the water (Called Hazekia’s Tunnel) they had a second tunnel to walk underground, as well as a third tunnel for sewage. The Sewage tunnel just opened about 90 days ago and we were able to walk it. Pretty cool stuff.

Archeological finds clearly show that these are man made foundations

Just keep in mind I am not such a religious person, yet I found this stuff fascinating. Next, we saw the location of the Last Supper, certainly a location of interest for people of many faiths. It was directly over King David’s supposed tomb. While there we witnessed a Cardinal from the Vatican visiting Jerusalem as well.

Stone that marked the spot where 2 teams of diggers in ancient times met.

Afterwards, we spent our afternoon touring the Yad Vashem museum, which contains the history of the Holocaust. This is the third Holocaust museum I have now visited and certainly one of the most moving. Staying politically neutral, I will just say it is impossible to deny that this genocide occurred. Yet there are people today that say just that. What I find most interesting is the intense focus to record the “survivors stories,” as only approximately 25% of the survivors are still living. Initially many of the folks did not want to talk about it, as it hurt too much to discuss. Unfortunately, now so much time has passed that they need to talk about it, so that everyone knows their stories and it never happens again. Unfortunately, based on stories in Darfur, etc., the world has not learned this lesson yet. Therefore, memories must be recorded to be shared with the children of the world for their own sake.

Get It Straight meets Old Jerusalem

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Dr. Neil began the second day of his adventure by meeting Yifat, his Israeli Dentsply contact. He delivered the workbooks for his lecture next Wednesday, along with some supplies for the course.  Then, Dr. Neil and Yifat discussed logistics for the course.

Day 2 in Old Jerusalem

Our Holy land tour continued today, but this time from afar with a view of the walled City from Mount of Olives, which is the Sacred burial site that overlooks the walls of the old city. We toured the facility that the Dead Sea Scrolls are stored in as well, and even visited parliament today. I can honestly say I was ignorant to the history of the Dead Sea scrolls, but their history is astounding. We ended our day with a fun visit to the zoo. Overall, we ran like chickens but received the education of a lifetime in under 8 hours. Our guide Tsion is retired, but used to work for the government touring Dignitaries. He must be related to the Energizer Bunny as he never tires.

High above the City of Jerusalem

I could not get him to smile!

Local traffic control

Now, here is the crazy part:

Tsion lived in Skokie, Illinois for about 5 years in the 90′s, and his children went to the same high school system where my wife and I first met. Go figure, I had to fly almost 10,000 miles to meet a neighbor… this once again proves the world is smaller then you think!