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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.

  • Day5

    Altstadt von Jerusalem

    May 1, 2013 in Palestine

    Jerusalem - schon der Name klingt magisch - die Wiege aller großen Weltreligionen, und wir mittendrin auf dem Weg die Stadt zu erkunden.

    Während wir geduldig in der Schlange für Nichtmuslime zum Tempelberg stehen, erhaschen wir einen ersten Blick auf die Kuppel der Al-Aqsa-Moschee und auf die Klagemauer, die auch jetzt schon am frühen Morgen von vielen Gläubigen gut besucht ist.

  • Day5

    Tempelberg

    May 1, 2013 in Palestine

    Hisham, unser palästinensischer Reiseleiter ist sehr erfinderisch und so sind wir wesentlich schneller auf dem Tempelberg als erwartet.
    Die goldene Kuppel des Felsendoms leuchtet über dem Platz in der Sonne.

    Leider sind sowohl die Al-Aqsa-Moschee als auch der Felsendom nur für Muslime zugänglich, so dass wir diese imposanten Bauwerke nur von außen bestaunen können.

    Dort, wo früher der Tempel des Herodes stand, wurde die Moschee 706-717 auf den Grundmauern einer byzantinischen Kirche erbaut und gilt als eines der heiligsten Bauwerke des Islam.

    Vom Tempelberg werfen wir einen ersten Blick auf den Ölberg, den wir morgen noch besuchen werden, und auf die vielen Kirchtürme der heiligen Stadt.

    Hisham führt uns in einem großen Bogen um den Tempelberg, vorbei am Goldenen Tor. Die Juden glauben, dass der Messias die Stadt durch das goldene Tor betreten wird. Jesus soll durch dieses Tor nach Jerusalem eingezogen sein. Von den Türken wurde es dann zugemauert.
    Wir nähern uns dem Felsendom durch Spitzbogenarkaden, an denen beim jüngsten Gericht die Waagschalen aufgehängt werden.
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  • Day5

    Felsendom

    May 1, 2013 in Palestine

    Der Felsendom ist ab 687 über dem Felsen Moria errichtet worden, ursprünglich als offener Kuppelbau. Hier wollte Abraham einst seinen Sohn Isaak opfern. Von hier aus, hat der Prophet Mohammed einen kurzen Abstecher in den Himmel gemacht.

    Als Nichtmuslime dürfen wir auch den Felsendom nicht betreten, dank der speziellen Zusammensetzung unserer Reisegruppe können wir aber trotzdem einen kleinen Eindruck vom Innenraum bekommen.Read more

  • Day5

    Souk Al-Qattanin

    May 1, 2013 in Palestine

    Durch eines der zahlreichen Tore (Tor der Baumwollhändler), durch die man als Nichtmuslim zwar nicht rein, aber wenigstens raus darf, verlassen wir nach einem letzten Blick auf die goldene Kuppel den Tempelberg.
    Im Souk Al-Qattanin ist erst mal Zeit für eine Teepause. :-)

  • Day5

    Klagemauer

    May 1, 2013 in Palestine

    Nach einem kurzen Bummel durch den Souk erreichen wir die Klagemauer, das höchste Heiligtum der Juden. Nach Männern und Frauen getrennt wird hier gebetet und schon die Kleinsten erhalten hier Religionsunterricht. Gebete werden in Form von Zetteln in die Ritzen der Mauer gesteckt.
    Befremdlich wirken die orthodoxen Juden - immer ganz in Schwarz - auf uns und so lassen wir die Klagemauer schnell wieder hinter uns.Read more

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Bāb as Sāhirah, Bab as Sahirah, باب الساهرة

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