February 11, 2010 Float Masada is amazing. Herod the Great was a monster, but he was responsible for some serious building. We pack in the cable car like live sardines and spill out at top. We sit in the synagogue, wander the Herodian palace, consider the cistern...

February 1 and 2: Shofar There is something wrong about the waking-up side of 4am—this, the sacred realm of paper routes, donut makers and deviantly-wired morning types. I barely remember the drive to Omaha, the flight to Newark. This layover will go on for nigh on ten...