Greetings from Tel Aviv! It's certainly a different city from Jerusalem and yet in so many ways it is utterly and consistently Israel. The differences could not be more dramatic! Take for example, the landscape—or should I say seascape. The beaches in Tel Aviv are gorgeous and we have had spectacular summer-like weather. There is a vibrancy in Jerusalem, but it is nothing like the energy, the construction and the youthful presence here in Tel Aviv. And yet, in these troubling days, there are similarities between the two cities in the conversations, attitudes and activities. As an example, we made plans with our cousin to spend time in a newly restored area of the city. Those plans had to be cancelled on Thursday as a large section of the city was closed off while police, soldiers and helicopters searched for a "suspicious vehicle." Although we made alternate plans and had a lovely day, it is emblematic of life in Israel. It is not something that we as North Americans can easily understand.