Today is my first Sunday off since Aug. 17. No better time than now to get started on my “life”work, which largely includes emotionally preparing myself for a month of concentrated travel. First I will go to Chicago. That will be easy; I will watch PBS documentaries, walk to the library to read Redbook and eat corn bran in bed. Then I will go to New York. That will be fun as it tends to be. Then I will go to Israel. This is the hard part. How does one emotionally prepare him or herself for Israel? Etrog juice? Kosher chicken? I have never been to the Middle East before. Have the Dead Sea Scrolls been scanned yet? I need to do more research.