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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  • 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


    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

  • 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 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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