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Jan 29, 2011 - Day 4- On To Jerusalem!

Shalom! Its been a very long day! we began with a 6 am wake up call, packing and getting our bags out of the room before heading to breakfast- take care of any room tabs etc the on the bus at 8- Our hotel in Tiberius overall was very good, but there were a few hitchs- one was when we went to check outthe computers were down, they couldn't take creditcards and wanted cash! When I gave her a $50 she wanted my passport, took of photocopy of the fifty and my passportand had me sign the copies. She said the bank required it for any large...

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Israel 2011

Jan 6, 2011 - Jerusalem

Hello from bustling Jerusalem! I just arrived after a nice full day in Hebron, Palestine. What a mashup of religion, culture, land/territory claims, and politics. After spending a couple of nights in the massive spectacle that is Christmas in Bethlehem at a sustainable farm, where I also enjoyed a Christmas lunch at a bible college (can you believe that I didn't stick my foot in my mouth?! Believe it! Even I'm proud. I didn't say a single curse word. Plus, I gave a great toast that received applause! ... And trust me, that's saying...

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Eva's Big Adventure

Jan 5, 2011 - Jerusalem

We arrived in Jerusalem last night, after visiting Masada. The transition from the beautiful countryside of The Galalee to the arid desert of The Dead Sea to the very busy Jerusalem was quite a change for us. Jerusalem traffic is very congested and the circuitous traffic street design made us glad to give up the car. Again I thank all the higher beings for GPS. We started our day with a fabulous walking tour of The Old City which immersed us in the historical backdrop of all the religions housed in this divine (literally) city. I love old...

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Kaufmans in Israel

Oct 12, 2010 - A Day in Jerusalem & Bethlehem

We slept pretty good last night and awoke early, anxious to get started on another super day. The tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem is 10 hours long and we expect to be tired by the time we return. As I sit here writing, it is nearly 5:00 AM here, and 10:00 PM last night back in Hannibal. We have the sliding door open and the lights of Tel Aviv are blinking on the shore. It is light enough to see the outline of the hills behind the lights of the city. Marilyn is in the shower and I have already completed my morning chores, except for getting...

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Jul 11, 2010 - the ascension spot

I had been fortunate at several times during this pilgrimage to get to a sacred spot right before a large group arrived. My first visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which marks where Jesus was crucified and resurrected, was one example. For that matter, so was my second and final visit to the same church this morning, my last day in Jerusalem and Israel. In both cases, Catholic tour groups came in right behind me, and clergy temporarily closed access to the Empty Tomb in order to hold Catholic mass in front of it. I have no problem...

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Jul 9, 2010 - beautiful Galilee

Even in Jesus' day, the Sea of Galilee was a rural, out-in-the-country kind of place, while Jerusalem was "the big city," full of hustle and bustle, markets and merchants. I wonder how often the Savior contemplated the differences b/t the two places. We don't have anything in the Gospels that constitutes a verbal endorsement of either place for the purposes of rest and relaxation, but just look at where He spent so much of His time: the Galilee region. Of course He spent time there primarily for purposes of ministry, but gee whiz--surely...

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Jul 8, 2010 - Bethlehem

Pilgrimages are not perfect. That's always been the case really. For as long as Christians have been crossing great distances to worship at the holy cites in and around Jerusalem, they've experienced one hindrance or another in their quest. For some in centuries past, that meant being accosted by marauding Muslims or fellow Europeans along the long and desolate roads between Europe and Jerusalem. For me, it simply meant dealing w/ sketchy taxi drivers and the bleak reality that is modern Bethlehem. Every popular international destination...

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Jul 7, 2010 - "He is not here. He is risen."

Today I saw w/ my eyes and touched w/ my hands that which I've believed w/ my heart for many years. The tomb is indeed empty. Jesus' body is nowhere to be found. The angel who met the women on the first Easter morning provided the reason why. "He is not here. He is risen." Today I crisscrossed the Holy City of Jerusalem, searching out as many biblical sites as possible and stopping to meditate on what Scripture says happened where. Along the traditional Via Dolorosa I reflected on Jesus' unjust death sentence and his Green Mile of a walk to...

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Jul 6, 2010 - in Jerusalem!

The Holy City is below me, on the other side of the Kidron Valley. The pilgrimage continues, now w/ greater earnest and focus. The academic portion of this trip is over. The foretaste that the biblical sites in Jordan offered is now over. The real deal is right outside. Thank God. I'm in Jerusalem. Today has not been w/o its adventures in getting here. Seven of us took a series of taxes and buses to get across the Jordan-Israel border. Once in Israel, we had to pass through customs. I had a one-in-seven chance in being questioned more than...

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May 27, 2010 - In the Holy Land

Had a good relaxing day in Frankfurt at new hotel. A short city tour and then I did the washing at the local laundrette. On Sunday morning we got a taxi to the airport and started to queue for our El Al flight. Armed guards everywhere. Then we were told that they had overbooked the flight and I was now on standby and to get a seat at the gate. Luckily I did get one and Dave's was fine. But when we went to go through they said that David had some more security checks to be done. His hand luggage was emptied and xrayed but he was allowed to...

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Mar 20, 2010 - Last Full Day

So today is our last day here :( We got to have a Shabbat lunch with Israeli families in walking distance. It was really nice to share that experience with them and spend time with a pretty traditional family (American father marries Israeli and they have 7 kids). Now we are hanging by the pool and relaxing until 6:00 when we have a group activity and dinner. After we are heading to Ben Yehuda Street for the evening before heading to the airport at 1 a.m. The group activity included a 10 minute slideshow of pics and songs, everyone spoke...

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Mar 19, 2010 - Full Day 8

Had to pack up again, moving hotels tonight (supposedly this is the most hotels our guides have been in one trip). On the way to the Holocaust Museum to listen to a survivor, go through the museum, and go to the cemetery. Survivor: From Holland, second most Jews exterminated after Poland. Mom moved them to nearby port city to be safe. Summer of 1940 started imposing laws against Jews -- removing workers, educators, judges, etc. from their jobs and forcing Jews into poverty. His family was thrown out of two houses. May 42-May 45 had to wear...

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