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Kidron Valley

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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

  • 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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  • Day4

    City of David

    May 28, 2017 in Palestine

    Sen till City of David och den arkeologiska utgrävningen där. De har hållit på sedan 1850-talet så det finns väl lite att gräva i. Utgrävningarna i sig inte så speciella utan det intressanta här var Hezekiahs Tunnel, en drygt 500m lång underjordisk tunnel som grävdes för att kanalisera vattnet från Gihon Spring. Den grävdes ca 700 f.kr. och numera kan man gå igenom den. På med badbyxor och neråt! Becksvart (köpte ficklampa) och vatten hela vägen, som högst 70cm. Det var riktigt trångt, neråt 60cm ibland, och det var inte många meter jag kunde gå raklång, så det var en ganska tuff promenad. Tur att man inte är klaustrofobisk!
    Kom ut vid Pool of Siloam och försökte torka skorna lite. Sen tillbaka i torr tunnel, först Eastern Stepped Street och sen Temple Road Ascent som ledde ut i Archeological Park. Båda var egentligen ursprungligen dräneringsdiken. Kunde se en del av muren under marken här. Lång väg under jorden!
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  • Day9

    City of David

    January 31, 2017 in Palestine

    The Ophel or Ophlas, meaning fortified hill or risen area, is the biblical name given to a certain part of a settlement or city that is elevated from its surroundings. In the Bible the Ophel refers to the elevation of two cities: the City of David in the Old City of Jerusalem, and at Samaria, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Israel. The term "ophel" is equivalent to the Greek term "acropolis".Read more

  • Day14

    Jerusalem, Israel

    May 3 in Palestine

    Today we docked in Ashdod, Israel 🇮🇱. We should have come here a couple of years ago, but we couldn't dock as there were missiles being fired at the Town, so sailed on up to Haifa, so I didn't get to see Jerusalem that time.
    This time everything was fine, so Nic and I did a ships tour to Jerusalem. It was only a half day tour so we only saw a small part of it, but it was well worth going. Without getting into the politics of the whole Middle East thing, it's such a shame that they can't all live together in peace. Because there are parts of Jerusalem where it happens. Our guide pointed out one particular area where Jews, Muslims and Christians all live together, with churches, Synagogues and Mosques. She said that the Catholic Church held concerts in its grounds at times, so you would find Jews Muslims and Christians going to the church to hear a concert, then going to the Arab restaurants after.
    Anyway back to Jerusalem, we visited the Western Wall, which used to be called the Wailing Wall, I suppose it should still be called the wailing wall with the amount of people crying, our Nic included, lol.
    After that we went to the Holocaust Museum, which was very moving, we didn't have anywhere near enough time to see it all, so it would definitely be a place I would visit again.
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