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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem December 13th 2015

Meinen zweiten freien Tag habe ich genutzt, um nach Ein Karem zu laufen. Das ist ein Vorort von Jerusalem (da. 2 Std. Fußmarsch) denn es war Samstag, und Samstag ist shabbat, da geht gar nix, nur im palästinensischen Teil der Stadt. Es fährt weder ein Auto, Bus oder Straßenbahn, kein Geschäft hat auf. Ein Karem soll der Geburtsort Johannes des Täufers sein. Es ist ein Grünes weites Tal . Am oberen Ende des Tals liegt das Yad vashem Holocaustmuseum. Dort hat am am Abhang eine Rampe für einen original Waggon gebaut, worin die Juden abtransportiert wurden. Aber in diesem Museum sind auch all jene erwähnt, die geholfen haben, jeglicher Art. Ein Karem, oder en Kerem - Weinbergquelle. Am Eingang des Ortes ein hoher schlanker Kirchturm, die Franziskanerkirche Johannes des Täufers. Stufen in der Kirche führen in ... read more
Im Garten Gethsemane die ältesten Ölbäume
Ebenso
Die Pharaonengräber am Fuße des Ölbergs

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

30.11. Montag Schon beim Frühstüxk traf ich auf unseren Hausmeister Jacob, Jacob stammt aus Dresden, ist Deutscher, ist aus politischen und religiösen Gründen nach Israel,gezogen. Das er Sachse ist, kann er nicht verbergen. hat hier zum Judentum konvertiert und ist voll überzeugt, dass Israel den Juden gehört. Seine Tochter hat schon 8 Kinder und das die Ultra Orthodoxen nicht zum Wehrdienst müssen und sie keine Steuern zahlen, findet er alles richtig. Aber genau so etwas reizt mich ja zur Diskussion. Er verwies mich auf den Bibelcode, wo genau die 5 Bücher Moses aussagen, dass es das Land der Juden ist. Okay, ausdiskutieren konnte ich es nicht, die Zeit, die Zeit. Aber irgendwann geht's weiter. Ab 11 Uhr würde ich von Bruder Natanael durchs Haus geführt, auf die Rotunde der Dormitio, von wo man einen wunderschönen Blick ... read more
Die Dormitio
Der Wohnturm der Mönche
Der Shop

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem November 29th 2015

28.11.2015 Regina, Flynn und Jester haben mich in Hameln zum Bahnhof gebracht. Die Jungs wollten unbedingt so lange warten, bis der Zug abfährt und sie winken können. Kurz vor Berlin fing es zu schneien, bzw. Schneeregen - kein schönes Wetter -. Aber ich war pünktlich in Berlin, wo mich Brigitte Haack schon erwartete. Der Hamburger Bahnhof - ein Museum, in dem gerade eine Andy Warhol Ausstellung ist. Die Ausstellung war gut und anschließend haben wir in Sarah Wieners Retaurant gegessen. 4 Stunden vor Abflug waren wir bereits am Flughafen, da sich wegen der Anschläge in Frankreich die Kontrollen erheblich verschärft haben. Nach der Gepäckabgabe verschwand dann Brigitte und ab da heißt es, das schaff ich jetzt alleine. War auch alles kein Problem. Die Maschine startete etwas verspätet, da. 22.35 h, war allerdings schon 15 Minuten früher ... read more
Blick vom Balkon ins Kidrontal
1 Bett, 2 Stühle, 1 Hocker, aber ein eigenes Bad mit Toilette

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem November 26th 2015

Ich verstehe nicht, warum ich die Bulder nicht... read more

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

Geo: 31.7738, 35.2252We were up early for breakfast in the hotel and to continue our tour of Jerusalem. Zibet asked the hotel to give us all wake-up calls for 6:30 not taking any chances that someone would oversleep. She had everyone ready and on the bus by 8:00. We had a lot of places to go and had to be back at the ship by 2:30. During the night while we were at the hotel, the ship moved from Haifa south to the port at Ashdod. It is closer to Jerusalem—only an hour's drive away.During the day today, we saw panoramic views of the new and old cities stopping at Mount Scopus for pictures. It is adjacent to the Mount of Olives, another place that was on the original itinerary, but changed because of terrorist activity ... read more
Jerusalem from Mount Scopus
City View of the Dome of the Rock
Jerusalem Cross Flag

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem November 3rd 2015

Geo: 31.7738, 35.2252We left the ship docked in Haifa, Israel early for an overnight trip. The first leg was a three-and-a-half hour drive to Masada. We stopped once along the way for a rest stop at a gas station/convenience store. The drive took us due east out of Haifa, then south through the West Bank along the dry Jordan River and the banks of the Dead Sea. The highway is used by both Israelis and Palestinians even though it is in Palestine. We had to stay on the main road since the Palestinians did not allow any Israelis to leave it and go into occupied areas. Our Israeli guide would have been arrested for going there although the tourists on the bus would have been allowed—not welcomed, just not arrested. I don't know if the Bedouin ... read more
Border to Jordan from the West Bank
On the Way to Jerusalem
Snacks at the Rest Stop

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem October 7th 2015

I named this blog Walking on Holy Ground before beginning this blessed journey of learning, prayer and spiritual renewal. I thoroughly believe we have been walking on holy ground throughout this pilgrimage. This is illustrated just by looking at the pictures and scripture quotes included in today's post. However, each day I have come to realize more and more this holy ground is not the Heavenly Jerusalem that we will only encounter in the afterlife. The real Jerusalem (just like real life) is messy, complex, occasionally rude and even turbulent, yet incredibly beautiful and holy. Of the many lessons I have learned over the last month and a half, one poignant lesson is that all of us are walking on holy ground each day of our lives. The holy ground that God has blessed us with ... read more
1st Century Tomb; on Comboni Sisters' property in Bethany (Fellow pilgrim...not Lazarus)
Church of Bethphage; 5 minutes up the hill
Hurva Synagogue; Jerusalem

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

Leaving from his home in Bethany, he traveled down the Mount of Olives across the Kidron Valley and through the city gates of Jerusalem. After visiting the local synagogue, he proceeded to Mount Calvary, where he spent the night praying and reading scripture. After these things, he journeyed through the Old City, ascending the Mount of Olives and returned home safely to Bethany the following morning. Although this sounds like a scripture verse, it is actually a description of my Saturday evening through early Sunday morning. For me, it was a sacred night spent in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. When I first arrived, I joined a few other pilgrims and the Franciscans for a beautiful procession commemorating the Transistus of St. Francis. At 8 pm the doors were sealed shut by a member of ... read more
Centuries Old Christian graffiti
Palestinian Flag
Israeli Flag

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem September 30th 2015

In Jerusalem, while resting on the steps of the Western Wall plaza, I was suddenly reminded of my favorite Thomas Merton quote… "In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of spurious self-isolation in a special world, the world of renunciation and supposed holiness. The whole illusion of a separate holy existence is a dream...There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.... I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their ... read more
Sun Shining over Jerusalem
Shining like the sun
Shining like the sun

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem September 27th 2015

I rejoiced when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” And now our feet are standing within your gates, Jerusalem. Jerusalem, built as a city, walled round about. There the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, As it was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. There are the thrones of justice, the thrones of the house of David. For the peace of Jerusalem pray: “May those who love you prosper!” May peace be within your ramparts, prosperity within your towers.” For the sake of our kin and friends we say, “Peace be with you.” For the sake of the house of the Lord, our God, I pray for your good (Psalm 122). I begin with the words of the psalmist, who is ... read more
Jerusalem Harpist
View of the Suq from above
Hustle and Bustle of the Suq




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