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In November we took our first trip to the Holy Lands. The day before we left, this leaf was found on our deck at CoSM -- LEAVING for Israel!
a and a israelArriving at Tel Aviv airport after a long, all-night flight.

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Buying some great spices in the market to make soup for The Mushroom Cafe at CoSM.

The Menorah is a seven-branched candelabra used in the ancient Tabernacle in the desert and in the Temple in Jerusalem, a symbol of
Judaism since ancient times and the emblem of the modern state of Israel. The nine-branched Menorah is seen on the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

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The lobby of the Hotel Cinema offered a circus at Happy Hour that reminded us of the Burning Man crowd.

At Hotel Cinema, Tel Aviv

med cannabis
Medical Cannabis is legal throughout Israel.

Arak, a traditional Israeli schnapps. We partook.

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"Non-commissioned public art" in Tel Aviv.

Innovative juice display.
Tel Aviv streets have food and shops on every block, open all night, reminiscent of NYC.

Local beer be good.

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Tel Aviv Street Art.


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follow your art
Tel Aviv is a young and vital city that never sleeps.

The Great Synagogue was completed in 1982 in Tel Aviv. Located on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline on the outskirts of the ancient port city of Jaffa, Tel Aviv, was founded in 1909 and contains 42% of Israel's population.

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In Jerusalem, behind us is the Wailing Wall and the Dome of the Rock. The Dome of the Rock, the gold domed structure, is a shrine considered to be the first work of Islamic architecture. Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Foundation Stone at the heart of the Dome, bears great significance for Jews, Christians and Muslims. It is called “the most contested piece of real estate on Earth."

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At the Tower of David on the way to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.

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Alex drawing on the men's side of the Wailing Wall. Pilgrims pray and leave written prayers in the crevices between rocks. Guess what we prayed for.

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Alex's drawing at the Wailing Wall.

At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter of the walled Old City of Jerusalem, Alex places his third eye on the Holy Sepulcher, a slab of wood on which Jesus was layed after he was taken down from the Cross. The site is venerated as Golgotha and is said to be the place where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

Arched mosaic ceilings of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem.

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Altar Golgotha at Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

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At a kibbutz at Caesaria, Allyson and Lolli look out to the Mediterranean.

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On the way to the Dead Sea.

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Salt encrusted rocks at the Dead Sea.

In the Torah, Lot's wife was told not to look back at the destruction of Sodom, a city filled with evil where no guest was welcome. Lot's wife did look back and was turned into a pillar of salt. Here she is standing sentry at the entrance of a Crystal Cave inside of Mount Sodom.

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Entrance to the Crystal Caves of Mt. Sodom on the Dead Sea.

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cave wall

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Shaft of light inside the Crystal Caves of Mt. Sodom.

Inside the Crystal Caves of Mt. Sodom this spectacular shaft is graced by the most blatant rock formation of the Divine Feminine EVER!

Allyson drawing the multitude of faces naturally etched into the rock formation. Faces of the doomed, evil residents of Sodom are natural formations in the rocks.

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Allyson's drawing inside the Crystal Cave.

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The caves are made of crystals. The Dead Sea is 1,385 ft. below sea level. It's shores are the lowest point on the surface of Earth's dry land The Dead Sea itself is the saltiest body of water on Earth. We floated naked in the Dead Sea (not pictured).

Artists cooperative studio -- Plazmalab, in Tel Aviv.



With friends at Plazmalab.

allyson on mic  Our event included live painting with about twenty local art stars.

Face painting of Net of Being/GodSelf.

Serious tattoo commitment in Israel.

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Jaffa is where we found mazuzahs for the doorposts of CoSM. A mezuzah is a prayer parchment prepared by a qualified scribe with many years of meticulous training. Written in black indelible ink with a special quill pen, the parchment is rolled up inside a decorative case. The Hebrew verses from the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 & 11:13-21) comprise the Jewish prayer "Shema Yisrael", begin with the phrase: "Hear, O Israel, Adonai, our God, Adonai is One." A Biblical commandment instructs Jews to inscribe these words "on the doorposts of your house."

Hamsa literally means "five" and is a palm-shaped symbol seen throughout the Middle East. Some believe this symbol represents the five books of the Torah. Some say it represents the Hand of Miriam, Moses’ sister. In Islam, the hamsa is called the Hand of Fatima, in honor of a daughter of the Prophet Mohammed. Some say the symbol represent the Five Pillars of Islam. Many scholars believe the hamsa predates both Judaism and Islam, though no one is certain of its origin.

Towers indicate a mosque and are seen throughout cities in the Muslim world. Prayer is broadcast via loudspeakers five times daily, calling Muslims to prayer.

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Our dear friends, Yohai and Lolli (in her eighth month), are the biggest suppliers of medical cannabis in Israel. Thanks also to our hosts, Sagiv, Adi and the Moksha Project, producers of our trip and event in Tel Aviv.


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