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Bāb as Sāhirah

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  • Day14

    Western (Wailing) Wall, City of David

    May 20, 2015 in Palestine

    Today we walked back into the Old City via Zion Gate. We went to the Broad Wall (an ancient remnant of the wall around Hezekiah's Jerusalem). Then we made our way through the security checkpoint to the Western Wall (Wailing Wall). From there we made our way down to the City of David and the incredible Hezekiah's Tunnel.

    In Florence, over a decade ago, I begrudgingly paid the fee to walk into the museum that housed Michelangelo's David. As I viewed the statue from my low perch below, I was overwhelmed at the sight of it. On that day, I was not expecting to be moved. Today as I walked toward the Wailing Wall, that same feeling came flooding back over me. My throat tightened and tears started to well up in the corner of my eyes as I neared the wall. I struggled to find a small spot between worshipers and tuck my hastily written prayer into any available crack.

    The Wailing Wall is part of the retaining wall that held up the foundation for the second temple. It is the last remaining portion of the structure and is currently the closest thing that the Jews have to their ancient temple which housed the very presence of God. For this reason it is a place that is so important to Jewish worship. There is a sign leading up to the place where the Temple used to be (now where the Dome of the Rock is located) that says that no Jew should enter the place above because they may inadvertently enter the Holy of Holies and be struck dead.

    Standing at the Wailing Wall today, I laid my hands on the smooth stone, worn by millions of hands and lips that have rubbed the roughness away. I allowed the profundity of the moment to sink in and found my way to Hebrews 10:11-14 and the words leapt off the page into my heart.

    "And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified."

    I prayed for the people around me who were rocking back and forth and crying, and as I backed away from the wall, they continued to offer their powerless sacrifices.
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  • Day8

    Jerusalem

    October 12 in Palestine

    Jerusalem’s Old City walls, built in the early 16th century by the Turkish Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, have eight gates. All but one (the Gate of Mercy) still serve Jerusalemites and visitors streaming to its markets, and sacred and historic sites.

    The Zion Gate:Bearing Jerusalem’s earliest biblical name in Hebrew and English, this gate’s Arabic name is the Gate of the Prophet David, as the Tomb of King David, on adjacent Mount Zion, is only a few steps away. Zion Gate leads directly to the Armenian and Jewish quarters.

    The Dung Gate: This gate’s unusual name derives from the refuse dumped here in antiquity, where the prevailing winds would carry odors away. This gate leads directly to the Western Wall and the Southern Wall Archaeological Park.

    Gate of Mercy: This gate, in the eastern Temple-Mount wall, may be the best-known of them all. Also called the Golden Gate or the Eastern Gate, it has been blocked for centuries, and is said to be awaiting a miraculous opening when the Messiah comes and the dead are resurrected.

    Lion’s Gate:This portal is named after a pair of ferocious-looking animal carvings that flank it. They are actually tigers, the heraldic symbol of the 13th-century Sultan Beybars. It is also called St. Stephen’s Gate, after the first Christian martyr, who tradition says was stoned nearby. Lion’s Gate leads to the Pools of Bethesda, the Via Dolorosa, and the markets.

    Herod’s Gate:Despite its name, the notorious Judean king had nothing to do with this gate. In Arabic and Hebrew this north-facing gate, which leads to the Old City markets, is called the Flowers Gate. Some say the name derives from a rosette carved over it. However, in Arabic a similar word means “awakened,” and may refer to a nearby cemetery and the hope of resurrection.

    Damascus Gate:This most imposing of Jerusalem’s gateways also faces north and is named for the grand city from which Jerusalem’s rulers once came. It is always a busy thoroughfare, thanks to the bustling markets within. Below the 16th-century gate, archaeologists have uncovered part of the entryway built by Emperor Hadrian in the second century CE.

    The New Gate:This is the only Old City entryway not part of the original design of the 16th-century walls. It was breached in the waning days of the Ottoman Empire to allow Christian pilgrims quicker access to their holy places within the ramparts.

    The Jaffa Gate: This was the destination of Jewish and Christian pilgrims disembarking at the Jaffa port, hence its name. It led (and still leads) directly to the Jewish and Christian quarters, as well as to the most popular parts of the market.

    We enter through the Jaffa Gate, where it's upper sign is pre-1948, the important language is uppermost. The lower sign is post independence where the order of importance is Jewish, Arabic, English. We then pass through the Armenian quarter to the Zion Gate.
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  • Day8

    Western Wall

    October 12 in Palestine

    Judaism’s holiest place is the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Part of the retaining wall erected by Herod the Great in 20 BC to support the vast plaza on which he rebuilt the Temple, it is venerated as the sole remnant of the Temple.

    The wall and the plaza in front of it form a permanent place of worship, a site of pilgrimage for Jews and a focus of prayer — often petitions written down and placed between the huge stones. The Jewish name for the wall is the Kotel.Read more

  • Day8

    westliche Mauer

    October 29 in Palestine

    Die Klagemauer (hebräisch הכותל המערבי ha-kotel ha-ma'arawi, wörtlich „die westliche Mauer“, umgangssprachlich nur Kotel (כותל) Mauer genannt) in der Altstadt von Jerusalem ist eine religiöse Stätte des Judentums. Viele der mächtigen Steinblöcke, aus denen die Mauer erbaut ist, bestehen aus dem Jerusalemer Meleke-Kalkstein, der einst am nördlichen Stadtrand gewonnen wurde.
    Die Westmauer vom Zugang zum Tempelberg aus gesehen, im Vordergrund der abgegrenzte Bereich für Frauen. Der Raum unter dem rechten Bogen wird als Synagoge genutzt, im linken Bogen befindet sich der Eingang zum Westmauer-Tunnel.
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  • Day8

    Jerusalem, Israel

    October 29 in Palestine

    Der Tempelberg (hebr. הר הבית Har haBait, arabisch الحرم الشريف al-haram asch-scharif, DMG al-ḥaram aš-šarīf ‚das edle Heiligtum‘) ist ein Hügel im Südostteil der Jerusalemer Altstadt, oberhalb des Kidrontales. Auf seinem Gipfel befindet sich ein künstliches Plateau, auf dem ursprünglich der Jerusalemer Tempel oder Salomonische Tempel und der nachfolgende Herodianische Tempel standen und auf dem sich heute der Felsendom befindet. Auf der südlichen Seite des Tempelberges steht die al-Aqṣā-Moschee. Der Tempelberg ist einer der umstrittensten heiligen Orte der Welt.Read more

  • Day8

    Jerusalem, Israel

    October 29 in Palestine

    Bild 1: Lions Gate
    Bild 2, 3: Via Dolorosa
    Bild 4, 5, 6: Erste Station Jesu auf den Kreuzgang
    Die Via Dolorosa führt heute über mehrere Straßen an 14 Stationen entlang, von einem der zwei denkbaren Amtssitze des Pilatus, der Antoniafestung, beziehungsweise deren spärlichen Überresten, westlich vom Löwen- oder Stephanstor durch die Altstadt bis hin zur Grabeskirche, die an jenem Ort steht, wo Jesus ins Grab gelegt worden sein soll. Sie bezieht dabei mehrere Altstadtstraßen ein: im östlichen Teil entlang der Löwentorstraße; anschließend über die Ṭariq al-Wad(„Talstraße“), die vom Damaskustor zur Klagemauer und zum Dungtor führt; schließlich führt sie in ihrem westlichen Teil durch verwinkelte Gässchen, teilweise in Form einer Treppengasse, teilweise mit Bogengängen überdeckt. Sämtliche Kirchen und Kapellen, die die Stationen außerhalb der Grabeskirche markieren, sind katholisch und gehören entweder der römisch-katholischenoder einer der mit Rom unierten Kirchen an.Read more

  • Day8

    Cardo, Jerusalem

    October 29 in Palestine

    Der Cardo (griechisch: "Herz"), auch Cardo Maximus, von Jerusalem ist die heute in ihrem südlichen Teil streckenweise freigelegte ehemalige Hauptstraße aus römisch-byzantinischer Zeit. Der Cardo führte vom nördlichen Stadttor, dem heutigen Damaskustor, zum südlichen, dem jetzigen Misttor. Der Begriff Cardo im Allgemeinen bezeichnet die für das Stadtbild einer römischen bzw. byzantinischen Stadt typische, meist in Nord-Süd-Richtung verlaufende Hauptachse. Senkrecht auf dieser Hauptachse wurde oft, wie auch hier, eine in Ost-West-Richtung verlaufende Straße angelegt, der Decumanus, der vom westlichen Stadttor, dem heutigen Jaffator, zum Tempelberg nach Osten führte. Der Kreuzungspunkt dieser Hauptachsen war das Zentrum der Stadt.Read more

  • Day8

    Grabeskirche, Jerusalem

    October 29 in Palestine

    Das Mariengrab im Kidrontal bei Jerusalem wird nach altkirchlicher Tradition als die Grabstätte von Maria, der Mutter Jesu, angesehen. Das Grab liegt am Fuße des Ölberges, nahe bei der Kirche aller Nationen.

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Bāb as Sāhirah, Bab as Sahirah, باب الساهرة

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