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Jun 15, 2013 - Moshiko Shawarma - The Holy Grail!
Warning to reader: Today we set out on a mission to locate the Holy Grail. We were successful. But it was a long mission. I urge you get a cup of coffee (decaf preferably, to help you stay awake) before setting out to read about the journey itself. And now, time to join my counterparts from the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University for the 76th Meeting of the Hebrew U. Board of Governors. The King David Hotel and David Citadel Hotel play host to the majority of the 70 Canadians who have made the journey this year. We are a major contingent...Jump to full entry
Jun 14, 2013 - Rugelach 'R Us
The Mahane Yehuda market was created in the late 19th century to serve the new Jewish communities of Mahane Yehuda and Beit Ya’akov, built in 1887 and 1885, respectively. It now boasts over 250 vendors crowded into 2 main north/south pedestrian streets - Mahane Yehuda Street, which is partially covered and quite narrow and Etz Chaim Street which is open air and much broader. The streets running perpendicularly between the two are named are fruits and nuts. For our purposes, it served as the perfect place to stock up on food for breakfast...Jump to full entry
Jun 13, 2013 - Jerusalem of Light
The Jewish Community of Lisbon would be the least likely of places one would expect to have mesmerized us during our first day in Jerusalem. As it turns out, though, that is exactly what happened. But first, the denouement of last year’s Aliyah Express and our accidental Israeli citizenship. When last we left this, an 18 yr. old Passport Control officer directed the 19 yr. old exit visa clerk to put her initials on the incorrect entry visa stamp that had been placed in our passports 2 weeks earlier. The one that welcomes Israeli citizens...Jump to full entry
Apr 15, 2013 - The West at Haas Promenade
Chag Atzmaut Sameach! Shalom from Haas Promenade in Jerusalem. We are getting ready for the March (from Safra Square to the Kotel), which will be the exact opposite of the March we experienced on Yom Hashoah in Poland. Look forward to hearing the teens' reflections about their experiences! Love from Israel, The WestJump to full entry
Apr 11, 2013 - Day 8/9 - Welcome to Israel!
Israeli flags blowing in the wind every where. We have finally arrived in Israel and it is already incredible. The first two hours went by so quickly because we landed at 3am and did not sleep for one second on the plane. We then went to the beach to thank God for the land we have and watch the sun rise together. We then went to an amazing, fresh restaurant for breakfast that was 100 times better than any meal in Poland. Every little thing we do makes me grateful for the land and the people here, which makes me enjoy it all so much more...Jump to full entry
Mar 6, 2013 - A "Time line" of Jerusalem -3300 to 1948
The old city of Jerusalem has been around for a long while. Over 5,000 years old. It has has been under domain or control by over 13 entities. It has been destroyed and re-build many times. -3,300 The Canaanites -1,006 Israelites -586 Babylonians Exile -538 Persian -332 Hellenistic -63 Romans 324 Byzantine 638 Early Muslims 1,099 Crusaders 1,260 Mamluk 1,517 Ottoman 1,917 British 1,948 State of Israel There is a prayer that Jerusalem the city of peace that has never known peace, but that one day may it encounter such peace among its...Jump to full entry
Mar 6, 2013 - The"Wailing" wall
The Wailing Wall is a very busy location. All different people come to pray, wail or whatever they decide to do. Including leaving pieces of paper with prayer on it. Once per year they are all collected and burned. Women and men can't approach the wall together. Each have their own area. All men must cover their heads.Jump to full entry
The Garden of Gethsemane is very beautiful location. The olive trees are great looking, one has been identified to be over 2,000 years old, before the time of Jesus. See picture. The spot were it is claimed to be the spot or close to it were Jesus agonized over was going to happen to him.. The church of Gethsemane has four statues at its top noted to reference the four epistles, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.Jump to full entry
Jan 13, 2013 - Parte 10 - Jerusalem
Saimos de Petra e partimos para nosso ultimo destino: Jerusalem. Nao foi facil atravessar a fronteira, mas isso o Le ja relatou muito bem no relato anterior. Infelizmente, chegamos na cidade sagrada por debaixo de uma forte tempestade, os dias aqui em Jerusalem nao seriam os mais bonitos da nossa viagem, apenas em termos de clima, pois para mim foram, sem duvida, os dias mais magicos da viagem! Jerusalem eh bem diferente do que eu imaginava. Apesar de ser uma cidade antiga, ela possui um ar de moderno e cosmopolita. Uma cidade cheia de...Jump to full entry
Dec 15, 2012 - Jerusalem
Jerusalem - the contested city. Theoretically Jerusalem is located in the West Bank but as you can see this travel journal lists it in Israel. Both Palestine and Israel claim it as their capital. The Old City is bustling with vendors. You can buy just about anything you want here but be careful - many of the goods are imported from China! I meeting my friend Penny from the Palestinian American Research Center today. We will spend a relaxing day in the Old City and then head to Ramallah for a couple of days before I begin my work in...Jump to full entry
Dec 12, 2012 - day 10 12-12-12 Big Worship!
We began the day by going to the pool of Bethsada, also known as the Mercy Pool. This was where the goats were washed and prepared for Sacrifice on the Temple Mount Altar. It was the place where Jesus healed the cripple. The Catholic Church on this site was build during the crusade period, but was taken over during the Muslim era and turned into a Mosque, but was returned to its position as a Catholic church when Jerusalem was retaken and is still standing to this day. We had a sweet time of worship in the Catholic Church on this site....Jump to full entry
Sep 16, 2012 - The Longest Week of the Year
It’s hard to believe I have only been in Israel since Tuesday; not even a full week. Between being really jet lagged and sick from the new water, most days I forget what time or day it is. Back in America I knew what time it was every hour, and always knew the date. But this past week feels like I have been carelessly floating around, staring at the hills around me, trying to process the fact that I am actually here. Last Thursday we drove to the beach on the Mediterranean Sea! It was beautiful! On the drive there we past so many groves;...Jump to full entry