Today I want to post two different personal observations. One relates to an article that recently appeared on the Internet. It was an article about the "World's Ten Most Religious Cities." Haifa was one of the those cities. Haifa did not exist when Abdu'l-Baha purchased the land on a Palestinian hill. Today, that beautiful city is on the "must see" lists of many of the tourists in Israel.
Today marks 13 days since the arrival of spring. According to Persian culture, families should leave the house on that day, to avoid any bad luck that might take place at the home. Persian families like to picnic on the 13th day after the arrival of spring. In 1912, Abdu'l-Baha could not think about enjoying a picnic. He was on a boat, headed for the United States.