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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem September 4th 2015

Today we visited churches and holy sites on the Mt. of Olives...I'll let the photos and my captions speak for themselves.... read more
Sky above the rock of the Ascension
We stopped to smell the roses as we entered the Church and Garden of the Our Father.
Onze Vader

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem September 2nd 2015

Having being warned before entering the Holy Sepulcher about the bickering between the various sects of Christianity over this sacred space, I thought to myself, “how unfortunate…” I didn’t experience any of this bickering, but I was humbled by my own reaction as I emerged from venerating the marble slab that commemorates the Tomb of Jesus and the Site of the Resurrection. Within this cramped space, a man was casually chatting on his cell phone. A couple people told him not to do so in this sacred spot. As he continued to talk, I sternly said, “no talking, hang up!” However, as I walked away from this impulsive reaction, I considered why this man may have been on his phone. Was he talking to a sick child or a dying wife? Was he receiving good news? ... read more
Chapel of the Crucifixion
Rock of Holy Unction
Chapel of the Resurrection

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem July 16th 2015

today Danny Esther and myself had the morning off danny didnt wake up till 10am and we went and had a coffee down the road together (the best coffee so far ) the others went to a school that woodville donate to so if you want to know about it check georges blog leavingonajetplane2015.tumblr.com we were picked up by the bus at 12:30 and met the others b4 going to the holocaust museum Yad-Vashem here there is an amazing pictorial, audio and physical display that brought us to tears over and over again as you listen to the survivers recount their experiences. after this we went to the mount Hertzle which has the grave of Theodore Herzle as well as all the leaders of Israel and the fallen soldiers... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem July 15th 2015

still tired but pressing on (so much to see) today we first went to Meresha a tell in the valley of Ajelon where the archioligists are digging and they show people through the digs, in this area they are mostly underground as the houses built above were mostly destroyed and the stones etc thrown into the cellars, we went down into one of these cellars and dug the floor and filled buckets for a while and then went out and sived the dirt to find pot shards etc. this was an interesting way to get tourists to dig for you and teach them at the same time. we also went into a more recently discovered cellar where we had to crawl through the areas not yet dug to show us what its like at the start ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem July 14th 2015

today we are starting to get tired we left at 815 and went to the garden tomb there is conjecture as to whether this is the burial place of Jesus is or the church of the holy seplechre or most likely neither place but I still enjoyed going to this site more than the church because it looks more like I would have imagined from the bible record it is in a garden and it is a tomb which would have had a stone rolled in front so you can easily imagine here the scene when the women came in the morning to prepare the body and found the stone already rolled away. we went out of the garden tomb and across the road to the quarry of solomon this was Amazing huge underground quary under ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem July 13th 2015

Today was a bit lighter but still with some exiting events we walked to the jaffa gate which is now only a 20 min walk we have been on that walk now a number of times and each time we find a shorter way, we actually realized that we have been walking through Gehenna (the valley of Hinnom) but now instead of a rubbish dump it is a garden at the jaffa gate we went up onto the wall of the old city and walked on top of the wall past the new gate to the Damascus gate it was interesting to see the old city from the walls you realize that although the city is divide into 4 the Muslim quarter, the christian quarter, the Armenian quarter and the Jewish quarter, the majority of the ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem July 11th 2015

this morning we went to the mount of olives and stayed to talk about how Jesus came here and wept, how he went from here many times into jerusalem through the beutiful gate or the lion gate which we can see from here the temple would have stood where the dome of the rock is today but twice the height dominating the view we talked about the graves here because the jews believe when the messiah comes those buried here will be the first to be raised because he comes to the mount of olives Zach 14 we talked about how this mountain will be split in 2 and a plain would be formed but mt zion would be raised up so many things happened here we then went down the hill to the garden of ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem July 10th 2015

Wow ! ! ! today sooo busy started by walking to the jaffa gate but ruth had the map upside down and we didnt realise till we had gone 10 minuets and noticed the sun was in the west we debated for a while if the sun rose in the west in Israel then we decided it rose in the east because of certain biblical referances and turned around. we arrived at the gate 15mins late to meet mum and dad who had taken a taxi who knew the sun rose in the east. the walls of jerusalem are not those of Jesus time, they were broken down by the Romans in ad 70, the walls you see today were built by the Turks (Suliman the magnificent) but the jaffa gate is in the same place ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem July 9th 2015

today was the best day so far some of our group Ruth George Jordan and Abraham went up the snake path at 4am and saw the sunset george will have photos the rest of us went up by cable car at 8am Massada is amazing when you come face to face with it you wonder at the tenacity and persistence of the Romans faced with a seemingly impossible task of laying siege to a mountain and you can understand the confidence of the Jews on top of this mountain photos do not do it justice and the tons of dirt shifted by Jewish slave labour for 9 months is amazing then there is the sheer opulence of the buildings including 5 palaces built by Herod just for show (he apparently only used it once ) there ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem June 22nd 2015

Our first full day in Jerusalem started with another amazing breakfast spread, this time with 4 kinds of smoked or pickled fish - I always like to ensure great breath for the rest of the day! By 9 we were all on the bus and on our way to the ancient walled city. Surrounded by walls built in 1538 by the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, the city did not expand beyond the walls until the 1800s. We made our way in through one of several famous gates, Jaffa Gate, and into the labyrinth-like city. We first walked through the Arab marketplace - stall after stall of trinkets, clothing, religious paraphernalia, food, etc. - similar to the suqs in Morocco. It was fairly early I guess so a number of the stalls we still being opened ... read more
Outside the Arab market
Stone of the Unction
With our kippahs in front of the wall




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