When my (then future) wife Karen♥ and I got escorted out of Jerusalem by Israeli soldiers, I asked a soldier (originally from Nevada) a big question.


   For that, and what happened, use the DOOR.




   I was a doctoral student attending a week-long conference on Biblical prophecy, as was Karen♥ who also attending, but was part of a different tour group.

   The conference [The Jerusalem Conference on Biblical Prophecy (July 1971)] was enjoyable and informative. Nonetheless, I desperately wanted to see a kibbutz (or communal farm). One of the soldiers who escorted us out of the city (originally from Nevada) said he lived on one not far away and could take me there at such and such time on the last day of the conference. I traveled alone with my new soldier friend who picked me up, and I had to plan carefully because my plane left for the U. S. the next day.

   When we arrived by car in the late afternoon, passing through the farm areas, I got a quick look-around at and in the single-level motel-like U-shaped (as I recall) series of units for couples, with larger rooms and separate buildings for a cafeteria-style dining room, a dormitory and school for children, and medical facilities. Everything was practical, functional, and efficient.

   At dinnertime I was startled when I saw generous wine supplies and food waiting on every long table. Did they ever eat well! Then it dawned on me: It was the beginning of the weekly Sabbath! Whatever would come next? I wondered. How would such a kind and accepting secular-appearing group treat this holy day? They were obviously waiting for something.

   Never would I have dreamed of what came next. With the last of dessert cleared away, a large movie screen was set up.

   And the movie–“The Magnificent Seven”¹ in English with Hebrew subtitles² was the “main event” of the evening. The people were quickly engaged in what we in the States back then called a “western ketchup comedy.” There was never a nod to anything religious whatsoever.

   The next day I returned home and began a year of letter-writing because Karen♥ lived a almost a thousand miles away.

   Now, 45 years later, it’s only a hundred feet³.

   Right at the top of list now is seeing the remake of “The Magnificent Seven” which is being released in 20 some countries in September 2016.


   ¹ What I saw was the original “Magnificent Seven” produced in 1960. (It was actually based upon the Japanese movie, “Samurai Seven” produced in 1954. The “Magnificent” movie is about a poor Mexican village that’s being overrun periodically by Mexican bandits. When a Mexican flees to the U.S. to buy guns and ammunition, instead he ends up with 7 fierce individualistic American wild-west gunfighters (headed by Yul Brynner) who though vastly outnumbered, travel to the village to clean up the problem. There’s a lot of gunfire and killing, but the good guys make a difference. I’ll say no more.

   ² It’s interesting that in many of the kibbutzim (pl of “kibbutz)  Hebrew is no higher than the “second language” of the often very multilingual adults, but not the children who live and work there. At least it was when at the time of my visit. The film was in English. Subtitles were in Hebrew at the bottom on the screen.

   ³ That’s from the top of the Tower where I’m writing down and across to the living room where Karen♥ now is.