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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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  • Day18

    Israel

    October 24, 2017 in Palestine

    Today we left the beautiful northern region of Israel & headed south to Jerusalem! A journey that took approximately 2 hours because we stopped along the way, to lay a wreath in honor of the fallen, just outside of Jericho.
    It was an interesting view from our window along the way, as the border with Jordan was visible in many places, just on the edge of the road. We saw many warning signs of landmines beyond the barbed wire fence 🤤! Unfortunately, we had to bypass the city of Jericho altogether, as it is a Palestinian controlled territory & our guide, Zel, being Jewish, would have had to have sought special permission to show us around. The history of fighting, wars & land control is fascinating & far more complex than we realised. Zel filled us in as best he could; his maps made it alot easier to understand, as we could visually see how frequently the borders have shifted in the past 100 years.
    Our first stop in Jerusalem was the beautiful Mount of Olives, with its incredible views over the city. A few photos were taken here before we were back on the bus & winding our way down to the Old City - a 0.9sq km walled area within the modern city of Jerusalem.
    We pulled up near the famed Southern Steps & headed in via the Dung Gate. Our first stop was the famous Western/Wailing Wall, where we all spent some time reflecting - it was pretty awesome to be right there in the midst of it all. Next, we wove our way through the ancient streets & alley ways, taking in the history of bygone eras at every twist & turn. In amongst the maze that it is, we ended up at the Christian Quarter where we steadily made our way through the throngs of people shopping in the marketplace. At the top of an alley we arrived out into the plaza containing the Tower of David. The history at every turn was incredible. We enjoyed a beautiful lunch at Christ Church, a refreshing oasis hidden behind tall gates - the break was a welcome relief in order to absorb the massive amount of history we has just absorbed in walking the 500m or so.
    After a quick half an hour of exploring, we made our way out through the Jaffa Gate & back on to our bus, bound for the hotel - Dan Jerusalem. We had an hour to settle in & change before we headed back out to the Tower of David for a special concert by our band, followed by an incredible special showing of a sound & light show. It was spectacular!
    It is now 9.50pm & our eyes are barely staying open. It is off to bed for us in preparedness for our next adventure tomorrow...
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  • Day3

    Juruselum - The Old City

    June 28, 2017 in Palestine

    We visited the original old city of Jerusalem yesterday. We were there for a full 12 hours and could have spent another day there. It is an amazing place that must be visited to fully understand and appreciate. So much history and a melting pot if cultures that have persisted for thousands of years.

  • Day2

    Jerusalem

    December 31, 2015 in Palestine

    Autor: Felix
    Der erste Tag unserer Reise ins heilige Land. Angekommen am Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv ging es schnell mit der Bahn bzw. den Sheruts (Sammeltaxis) ins Landesinnere, nach Jerusalem oder Jeruschalajim. Dort angekommen waren wir zuerst etwas enttäuscht, es regnete wie aus Eimern. Die Reaktion der Einheimischen hierauf war jedoch so positiv, das auch unsere Laune stieg - Regen scheint in der Wüste doch seltener zu sein ;-)

    Nach einem kurzen Trip auf den Markt zu Stärkung (Granatapfel!) ging es weiter in die historische Altstadt, welche wahnsinnig vollgepackt ist mit historischen religiösen Stätten: Felsendom, Klagemauer, Leidensweg Jesu ... um nur einige zu nennen. Selbstverständlich kosteten wir weitere lokale Spezialitäten wie Falafel und weitere deren Namen mir bis heute unbekannt sind.

    Zum Abschluss des ersten Tages in Jerusalem waren wir Zeugen einer Licht- und Soundshow in bzw. auf der Davidszitadelle, die die Geschichte Jerusalems erzählte - sehr zu empfehlen.
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  • Day1

    Via Dolorosa

    May 25, 2017 in Palestine

    Gav mig ut genom stan längs den bazaarliknande Davids street och till Lions Gate, där Jesus sista färd sägs ha börjat. Därifrån längs Via Dolorosa går man via nio "Stations", där något ska ha hänt. Exempel är där Jesus ramlade eller han sa något eller såg sin mor etc. Den första är där han ska ha fördömts av Pontus Pilatus t.ex.
    Intressant promenad men det mest spännande var nog folket och kulturblandningen. Allt ifrån ultraortodoxa judar till präster och nunnor och muslimer. Böneutrop blandades med folk som gick i procession och bar kors längs vägen. Vandringen slutar vid Golgata, där Church of the Holy Sepuchlre nu ligger och innehåller de sista fem stationerna.Read more

  • Day1

    Church of the Holy Sepulchre

    May 25, 2017 in Palestine

    Kyrkan ligger på det man tror var Golgata d.v.s. Där Jesus korsfästes. De sista fem stationerna på hans sista färd ligger här inte och har alla att göra med själva korsfästelsen och att han togs ner och sen smordes. Precis när man kommer in i kyrkan ligger stenblocket han ska ha fått sin sista smörjelse på och det är ett viktigt objekt för pilgrimer. En speciell del är vigd åt stället där de hittade tre kors varav ett ska ha varit det Jesus korsfästes på.Read more

  • Day5

    More Hummus and to Tel Aviv

    May 29, 2017 in Palestine

    Väl i gamla stan igen stannade jag på Tala Hummus and Falefel och åt lite. Sen tog jag det lite lugnt på hotellet innan jag tog mitt pick och pack och gick ca 15 minuter norrut till HaNeviim och hittade efter lite letande den sherut (delad minibuss som åker när den blivit full) som hotellet tipsat om.
    Rusningstrafik och grymt varmt men efter ett tag släppte trafiken och det gick fort till busstationen i Tel Aviv.Read more

  • Day2

    The Western Wall

    May 26, 2017 in Palestine

    Fredagkväll och därmed start på sabbat. De flesta ställen stängda men gick till Klagomuren, eller Västra Muren som den egentligen heter. Den bär upp Tempelberget och är egentligen det enda som finns kvar från tiden med första templet, varför den därför är jättehelig för judar.
    Kom dit lite innan solnedgången och tittade runt. Närmare solnedgången kom det mer och mer troende och när solen gick ner (och sabbaten alltså började) var det helt fullt med folk.
    Också här en otrolig blandning när man ser djupt troende judar vid deras heligaste men samtidigt har Tempelberget och Klippmosken i bakgrunden och hör böneutrop.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Bāb as Sāhirah, Bab as Sahirah, باب الساهرة

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