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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Thirteenth Day – Cleaning Lachish

I was told that today is the last day to come to the digging site.  Our major job of today is to clean up the digging site.

Military Helicopter

Military Helicopter

While we were cleaning, two military helicopters flew by over our heads.  This is serious war.  After I came back to Kedma village, I was outside checking some photos and blogging, facebooking.  It was around 3pm, and I saw the rockets flying and being intercepted.  There were many.  I began to count, and I gave up counting from 23, and the rockets were still coming.  It is crazy.  More than two dozens of rockets in three minutes.

Tel Lachish Area K (or C) cleaned up

Tel Lachish Area K (or C) cleaned up

Cleaning was not easy job.  How can we clean up the more than 2,500 year-old dust in a day?  While we were cleaning up, Professor Yossi came and check a few things.  He suddenly said “It is not logical.  I do not understand.  It does not make sense.”  Then he dug on.  Well, cleaning interrupted.  The photo above is after the cleaning.  The upper stone wall is of Persian Era, and the floor is destruction layer of Babylonia.

Dusty and Dry Top Soil

Dusty and Dry Top Soil

Cleaning was not easy job.  How can we clean up the more than 2,500 year-old dust in a day?  While we were cleaning up, Professor Yossi came and check a few things.  He suddenly said “It is not logical.  I do not understand.  It does not make sense.”  Then he dug on.  Well, cleaning interrupted.  The photo above is after the cleaning.  The upper stone wall is of Persian Era, and the floor is destruction layer of Babylonia.

The heat of the day is literally killing.  You can see the dust is coming up at every step of mine.  The top soil is not fertile at all.  Actually any plant which failed to root deep under the top soil dries and dies immediately.

And there is huge, extremely huge difference between the shadow and the sun.  In the shadow, it is not too bad with the cool breeze, but in the sun, you burn painfully.  You even feel like the sunrays prick your face and skin.  I now understand why Jonah was so upset dare against God when God removed the nice shadow from Jonah.  In the same situation, I might do the same.

Pottery Reading

Pottery Reading

Because we did not excavate but cleaned, we did not have any pottery or bone to wash.  So some volunteers were able to attend the pottery reading.  Identifying the pottery is not something anyone can do.  You must have accurate and a lot of knowledge on archaeological pottery.

Professor Yossi came and told me that I will dig at Megiddo from next week.

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Saturday, 19 July 2008

Are Israeli willing to join the army?

When I was young, I was told by so many people that all jewish people are so loyal and patriot so that they are all really willing to join and serve the military unlike the arabs surrounding them:

In  the six day war, two air ports were so busy. At the air port in Israel, there were so many young jewish people coming from all over the world to join the army and help their (mother) country. And the other was in Arab. There were so many young arab people fleeing from their country not to be in the army.

This is what I heard many many times. I don’t know that is true or not. But I think we should not generalise something easily.

I heard from one of my Church member, that she has one family from Israel among her neighbour. They are from Nazareth where Jesus had grown, and mother brought her son to Canada probably six years ago. Do you know why she came to Canada? She just did not want her son to be in the army. Like Corea, all Israeli must serve the military (the difference is in Corea, only boys go but in Israel, girls go as well).

I think there must be some kind of tendancy in Israel and in Arab about the attitude toward the military service but we should not generalise it simply and say all Israeli are like this and all Arab are like that.

내가 어렸을 때, 종종 듣던 말이 이스라엘 사람은 애국심이 넘쳐나서 군대에 자원입대하는데, 아랍 사람들은 그렇지 않고 도망다닌다고 들었다.

내가 들은 바에 의하면 6일 전쟁이라고 불리는 3차 중동 전쟁때, 두 공항이 매우 붐볐다고 한다. 하나는 이스라엘 공항으로 전세계에서 조국의 전쟁 소식을 듣고 자원입대해서 조국을 위해 싸우려는 유태인들로 붐볐고, 또 하나는 아랍에 있는 공항으로 전쟁 소식을 듣고 딴 나라로 도망가기 위해 몰렸다는 것이다.

이 말이 사실인지 아닌지 잘 모르겠다. 하지만 확실히 이 건 성급한 일반화의 오류다. (아, 수능 준비하면서 배운 거. 난 수능 1세대)

어느 교회 분이 그러는데, 이웃중에 이스라엘에서 온 가정이 있다고 한다. 그것도 예수님께서 성장하신 나사렛. 한 6년 전에 엄마가 아들을 데리고 캐나다에 왔다고 하는데, 캐나다에 온 이유는 아들이 군대가는 것을 막기 위해서라고 한다. 이스라엘도 한국처럼 의무 징병이기 때문에 모두 군대 가야 한다. 다른 점이라면, 한국은 남자들만 가는데, 이스라엘은 여자들도 모두 간다는 것 정도. (여기서 곁가지. 이스라엘 여자는 생리 안하냐? 애기 않났냐?)

물론 내가 들은 얘기처럼, 이스라엘과 아랍에 그러한 경향들이 있을 것이라고 생각은 하지만 단순히 일반화를 해 버려서 이스라엘 사람들은 이렇고 아랍 사람들은 저래라고 말해버리는 건 안된다고 본다.

이스라엘 사람 중에도 군입대 피해서 해외 도피하는 사람들이 있잖아.

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