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  • Day10

    Masada

    October 26, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Hesekiel 37
    In der Synagoge der Festungsanlage von König Herodes oben auf dem Felsen Masada hat man die Schriften des Buches Hesekiel bei den Ausgrabungen gefunden.
    Schon erstaunlich und beeindruckend !Read more

  • Day13

    Beersheba Anzac Museum

    April 17, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    The Anzac Museum in Beersheba is a great memorial place for Aussie and New Zealanders. It has a theatre that is also a lift which when the movie finishes opens to a viewing platform over the cemetry. It was a quite moving and sad experience to visit.Read more

  • Day13

    Israel -Road to the Gaza Strip

    April 17, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    We went from Beersheba up close to the Gaza Border. The land here is cultivated even though it's poor with little rainfall. The Israeli's have developed technology where they treat waste water and recycle it water this area. Along with drip feeders and hot houses this area brings forth abundantly. The desert shall blossom as a rose!
    On the other side of the border....
    The Palestinian continually burn Garbage at the border which they hope annoys the Israeli's but none live close enough for it to bother them.
    The Israeli's have a blimp in the air which constantly monitors the border and picks up any suspicious activity.
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  • Day7

    Masada and Dead Sea

    November 25, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We had a bit of time to sleep in (one of the first times) because the rental company just opened at 9. With the car we drove straight to a nearby hostel where you could buy the Israel Pass, a similar system as the Jordan Pass but only for National Parks.
    We made the detour because we went straight to a National Park. The Masada National Park is located next to the Dead Sea and contains an ancient fortress dating way back before Christ. The access to the fortress can be done either via cable car or hiking up. The cable car was way too expensive so we hiked up in the midday sun and it felt pretty hot. I can't imagine what it would be like in summer! The 350m climb led over 800 stairs, surprisingly it took us just a bit more than half an hour. But we were glad that there was water available on top.
    The fortress itself is not a good condition, many parts were just merely ruins. But the views were gorgeous and you could imagine the beauty of it standing on top of the mountain in former times. We took our time exploring the top before moving back down. As it was still daylight we decided to go straight to the Dead Sea. By the time we arrived the sun almost set and I just took a quick dip.
    Our options to stay for the night were limited as there are only luxury resorts nearby starting from 150€ a night. But, to our surprise, there were parking spots available right next to town to camp out. After some walking around in town (also overpriced) and a stop in McDonald's (to our great disappointment there's no McFalafel) we went to the car. We moved the seats all the way back and we were able to lay down quite comfortably.
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  • Day13

    Israel - Anzac Memorial near Gaza

    April 17, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    There is a Anzac Memorial structure up near the Gaza Border to Commemorate the Aussie and New Zealand contribution to the wars in the Gaza area and the lives lost in the campaigns.
    The guide's talk was overshadowed by a flock of sheep that wandered around our group as if on cue. It is very Outback Australian type landscape - even with gum trees!Read more

  • Day16

    Engedi

    April 20, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Engedi is an oasis in the Judean desert. It's a wildlife sanctuary. Water springs high up in the mountains cause the water to rush down in waterfalls which are really refreshing. Saw some Ibex (mountain goats), Hyrax (guinea pig like critters) and some birds. Lots of caves around - where David hid from Saul.
    The people of Engedi were famous for making "Balsamic Perfume" from a plant resin, but the recipe was kept secret.
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  • Day16

    Masada

    April 20, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Wow - what a place!
    Herod built (well, lots of poor slaves did) a palace high up on this mountain fortress. It was his winter palace.
    The Jews revolted from the Roman rule and fled here to escape.
    The Romans were intent on quelling the rebellion and laid seige to the place to subdue them. The Jews were determined not to be under Roman rule again and when it became imminent that the Romans were about to break through the gates with their rammer the Jews made a plan to all commit suicide during the final night. When the Romans broke into the fortress they found only dead bodies.
    How they built this place, it's water cistern, walls etc etc is astounding - what a feat!
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  • Day17

    Ben Gurion Grave

    April 21, 2019 in Israel ⋅ 🌬 14 °C

    Ben Gurion was Israel's Prime Minister. His office was in Tel Aviv but after visiting a new kibbutz set up in the Negev he joined it and lived there very modestly with his wife. He and his wife are buried in simple graves not far from their home that was known as 'The Shack'. The graves face a fantastic tavern with a fantastic view.Read more

  • Day5

    Choose Life or Choose Death

    November 13, 2017 in Israel ⋅ 🌫 8 °C

    It's a good place to begin. Any trip that starts in a garden seems like it'll be a good trip. Our first stop here in Israel was a Biblical Garden in the hill country of Judah called Yad Hashmona. I took a bunch of photos there, only to discover that I had forgotten to put my memory card back into my camera. I want to go back and recapture them, but those photos are gone now.

    But even with that little mishap, a garden is still a good place to start a journey. Adam and Eve started in a garden. Theirs was a garden with a choice. They were going to choose to obey God or not. One way would lead to life and the other way would lead to death. "I have set before you life and death," God would tell them. "So choose life." (Deut 30:19).

    We ended last night with a dark drive down 3000 feet to find ourselves on the shore of the Dead Sea. This is the lowest place on earth. It actually feels like you're closer to the center of the Earth here. It's dry, the air is heavy and hot. This sea is dead and you can tell.

    One of the reasons this Dead Sea is a dead sea is because it has no outlet. The Sea of Galilee to the north teems with life as the Jordan river flows in and then right back out. It brings nutrients and life in and the Sea of Galilee responds by letting nutrients and life right back out.

    But that same Jordan river only flows into the Dead Sea. Nothing flows out of it. So the water sits.

    All that potential for life sits and stagnates.

    "I have set before you life and death,"

    My devotional this morning reads, "Whether in Eden or Canaan or California, our decision remains the same. The land where we live - be it lush or desolate - is the stage on which we act out God's glory. Regardless of our location or influences, God gives us a choice each day from which tree to eat."

    Paul writes to the Romans in Romans 15:13, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

    As we walk through our days today, may we see every opportunity to overflow with hope and to bring life.

    Because if hope and life get stuck in us and never flow back out, it rots.
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    Thanks, Paul. Praying for all of you. Billie

    11/13/17Reply

    Enjoy the blessings God reveals to you....stay healthy and happy! Mike &Deb DeWall

    11/13/17Reply

    Nita DeWeese ...Thank you for sharing...continuing in prayer for all the needs each day & night.

    11/13/17Reply
     

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Southern District, מחוז הדרום, Sør-Israel