web analytics
April 18, 2014 / 18 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
Spa 1.2 Combining Modern Living in Traditional Jerusalem

A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.



An American Odyssey (Part 8)

Dov and Barbara in Death Valley

Dov and Barbara in Death Valley

Share Button

While in Las Vegas, my wife, Barbara, fed several quarters into a machine that really cleaned us out. She then fed more quarters into another machine that dried all of our clothes.

It was 108 degrees on the streets of Las Vegas, so we spent much of our time either in our car or visiting different hotels, each of which featured an interesting show or tourist area. We took time out to visit Kim Sedway. Kim’s husband, Marvin, a”h,Barbara’s cousin, had been a very well-loved Nevada state senator, and we also visited various state buildings that had been named in his memory.

Dov in Red Rock Canyon

The AAA map program that I had used to plot our travel path listed many scenic byways, and I often chose to travel these roads rather than the super highways. We took a scenic road around Las Vegas to the Red Rock Canyon and viewed the stunning mountain area. On our way back to our motel, we stopped at the Smith Supermarket which featured a large kosher section where we purchased delicious fried chicken and other foods for the next few days.

Our next stop was the Hoover Dam, which was very impressive. It is the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere and is more than 725 feet above the Colorado River. It has 17 generators that produce over four billion kilowatts of electricity a year. We drove across the Memorial Bridge and enjoyed the spectacular views that were only available from helicopters before October 2010.

After spending three days in the Las Vegas area and touring nearby sites, we left for California via Death Valley. When we stopped for gas at a Maverick gasoline station before we entered California, we were delighted to find OU-certified yogurt machines with many yummy flavors. We enjoyed the delicious snack and learned that many Maverick service stations have similar facilities. California did not have any Maverick gas stations but, a week later, when we left California again, we used the Gasbuddy App on my brother Avi’s cell phone to find Maverick stations whenever we could.

We entered California and visited Death Valley, the lowest (282 feet below sea level) and hottest (120 degrees in the summer) location in America. It is an area of sand dunes, multicolored rock formations and millions of acres of wilderness. With tourist sites named Furnace Creek, Hells Gate and Stovepipe Wells, you can imagine that we spent most of our time in the air-conditioned van, but it was an interesting experience. The usual time to visit the area is between November and April, but we arrived on July 1.

We had planned our visit to Los Angeles for the first weekend in July and it was therefore very difficult to find Shabbat hospitality. We were very fortunate that Miriam Fishman was able to find us accommodations in the “back house” of Moshe and Chanala Chopp for the three-day weekend and we appreciated the hospitality. The “back house” is a small two-floor guesthouse with a large room on each floor and a kitchenette.

On Friday morning, we toured Los Angeles and visited the Farmers Market, the Pico-Robertson Area, Hollywood and Vine, the Chinese Theatre and walked along the stars in the pavement. Part of our tour took us to visit two of my sister-in-law Martha’s nephews, Ian and Eric Hamlet, at their Volvo Repair Shop. The sad signs of the recession were visible when we passed many streets with closed shops and large for rent signs.

After attending the Young Israel synagogue on Friday night, we joined Miriam and Moshe Fishman for a delicious Shabbos dinner and enjoyed discussing Jewish Geography. After davening at the Shaarei Tefila Shul on Shabbat, we joined our hosts for lunch, Debbie and Yaakov Reichnitz, and enjoyed another delicious meal with interesting conversation.

Up next: Travelling north to Sacramento.

Comments may be sent to dov@gilor.com.

Share Button

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

No Responses to “An American Odyssey (Part 8)”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Flyers ordered Jews to appear at a designated location in Ukraine, in Sept., 1941. The next day, the Jews lined up at the Babi Yar Ravine.
‘Jews Must Register’ Flyer in Ukraine an Echo of Babi Yar
Latest Indepth Stories
matza

If itis a mitzva to eat matza all Pesach, then why is there no berakha attached to it?

Masked Palestinian Authority Arabs hurl blocks at Israel Police during and after "worship" at Temple Mount mosque. (archive photo)

When we are united with unconditional love, no stone will be raised against us by our enemies.

Haredim riot after draft-dodger is arrested.

The reporter simply reports the news, but it is greater to be inspired to better the situation.

Bitton-041814

The Big Bang theory marked the scientific community’s first sense of the universe having a beginning.

Freeing convicted murderers returns the status of Jewish existence to something less than sanctified.

“The bigger they are the harder they fall” describes what God had in mind for Olmert.

We, soldiers of the IDF, who stand guard over the people and the land, fulfill the hopes of the millions of Jewish people across the generations who sought freedom.

How much is the human mind able to grasp of the Divine?

Jews have brought the baggage of the galut (exile) mentality to the modern state of Israel.

The Haggadah is an instruction manual on how to survive as strangers in strange lands.

It’s finally happened. New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan reported on her blog that “many readers…wrote to object to an [April 2] article…on the breakdown in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians,” claiming “[they] found the headline misleading and the article itself lacking in context.” Ms. Sullivan provided one such letter, quoted the […]

Nor did it seem relevant that according to widely circulated media reports, Rev. Sharpton was caught on an FBI surveillance video discussing possible drug sales with an FBI agent.

Jewish soldiers in the Polish forces often encountered anti-Semitic prejudice.

When the state was established, gedolim went to Ben-Gurion and asked him not to draft women and, later, yeshiva bachrim.

More Articles from Dov Gilor
Gilor-Dov-NEW

Spies who caused American deaths and worked for enemy states received lighter sentences than Pollard.

Gilor-Dov-NEW

The cleansing of Europe of its non-Muslim population will be accomplished in another two or three generations.

The Drama Mamas are not an ordinary theater troupe. “When we audition actresses,” says Elisheva, who also serves as the show’s director, “we like to explain to them that the main qualification is that you can honestly say, I have never been on a stage before, but I have always wanted to be an actress!”

It really is time for painful sacrifices for peace. No one wants his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to suffer the pangs of war and strife. It is time to end the strife and make peace in the Middle East.

Israel is a country that understands security concerns. Many civil rights have been sacrificed in the name of security and Israelis are used to being checked every time they enter a shopping center, a large store or any public building. Americans recently learned that they, too, are subject to many checks on their most private activities.

The Israeli Parliament is usually controlled by a coalition of different political parties because no one party receives enough votes to have a majority. Unlike in the U.S., where there are two major political parties and one of the two political parties commands a majority of the seats in the Senate and/or in the House, in Israel the government is composed of many, many small political parties, each pushing its own agenda.

The title above is a lovely thought. Unfortunately, there are too many times when Israeli Orthodox Jews behave in very divisive ways. I have mentioned, on occasion, that it would most probably bring the Mashiach if Orthodox Jews in Israel were ever to unite. We are so divided politically that Sephardi Jews will not support Ashkenazi Jews and Ultra-Orthodox Jews will not work with the Modern Orthodox or with the Zionist Orthodox.

Israel recently commemorated Memorial Day in memory of its fallen heroes. Sadness permeates the day as we remember the sons, daughters and parents who have sacrificed their lives so that the Jewish Nation can continue to exist.

    Latest Poll

    Now that Kerry's "Peace Talks" are apparently over, are you...?







    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/focus-israel/an-american-odyssey-part-8/2012/03/22/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: