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Jun 20, 2011 - David's City

Monday June 20 David’s City First there were the Jebusites (well, actually, the Canaanites were before them) and then along came David, King of the Jews, and he laid siege to the fortified stone walls of the Jebusite hilltop city and it fell before him. Well, no, it didn’t happen like that, actually. Instead of a siege, David promised a reward to the first of him men who could find a way through the cracks in the walls and cut off the Jebusite city from its water source at the Gihon Spring. And then the walls came a tumblin’ down. Nope –...

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Jun 19, 2011 - Behind the scenes at the Kotel

Sunday June 19, 2011 Behind the scenes at the Kotel Well, if the Arabs knew what the Jews were doing behind closed doors at the Kotel, I don’t even want to know what kind of heck would break loose. But that comes this afternoon. This morning Reuven (had to be 82 but was as spry as any 62 yr. old Swede) guided us through the Archaeology and Jewish Art & Life exhibits at the recently renovated Israel Museum. We are in a MUCH larger group of BOGgers now and so the simple logistics of herding the halt & the lame onto and off of the buses...

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Jun 18, 2011 - Day 3

1:18 AM, Jerusalem time Shabbat Shalom! It's the Jewish day of rest! We really didn't do a lot of anything today. I didn't get up until 11:30 AM, because lunch wasn't served until 12:00; I slept straight through breakfast. A ride to an orthodox synogogue was offered for those who wished to partake of services, but I wasn't feeling it. I needed an introverted day. After lunch, we walked down the street to do some more Torah reading in the park. An unexpected surprise interrupted it, though: Jewish rock star and recording artist Rick Recht...

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Jun 18, 2011 - Innocents Abroad

Shabbat – Saturday June 18, 2011 Innocents Abroad Our arrival in Jerusalem ended our relative ‘isolation’ as a group of 20 missionaries. We have been joined by another 35 or so from Canada and a total of about 400 from around the world. This makes for chaos on many, many levels. Mostly involving buses and tour group sizes. Our strategy continues to be based on a simple plan: Walk faster than the halt & the lame (they wobble and tend to fall into you) and avoid buses. That’s relatively easy for us, mind you. The HUH brigade are having...

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Jun 17, 2011 - Day 2

Day's Photos 4:06 AM, Jerusalem, Israel Today was an extremely long day for everyone. Not only have we just traveled 24-36 hours to get here, we were forced to stay up until midnight last night for a "get to know you" orientation, where we played stupid name games until half of us were dead on our feet. The hostel's a decent place; I'm rooming with two sisters from Pennsylvania. We'll get to choose our own roommates later on down the line, but for now, they're assigned, and these girls are pretty nice, even if they do bicker between...

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Jun 17, 2011 - Geopolitics and swimming pools

Friday June 17, 2011 Geopolitics and swimming pools A hotel should be judged solely on the quality of its swimming pool. There is no need for me to worry about the bar or room service quality as I never use those. The swimming pool, on the other hand, is EVERYTHING! The Dan Hotel in Tel Aviv had a great pool with a great view. Thus, a great hotel. The David Citadel in Jerusalem – ditto, ditto and ditto. Today we went up to Jerusalem. Prof. Noam Shoval of the Hebrew U. Dept. of Geography accompanied us for a visit to the less-travelled...

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Jun 16, 2011 - Day 10: Jerusalem, Emmaus, Tel Aviv Airport

Today was our last day in Israel. We packed everything by 9:30 a.m. and set our luggage outside our hotel door. By 10 a.m. we boarded the bus and set off for the Old City. We climbed a lot of steps to get up to the Hulda gates of the walled city. These were three gates side by side and Yossi was sure that Jesus had entered Jerusalem through these gates. A nearby village was the former Bethany. The Hulda gates have been stopped up since Crusader times. Then we went to the archeological site of King David’s Palace. David had chosen a site...

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Jun 15, 2011 - Day 9: Jerusalem, Bethlehem

Today we went to the Holocaust Memorial Museum. At the Children’s Memorial, the name and age of every one of the 1.5 million children killed in the holocaust is recited in a very dark area as visitors go around the circular space in the semi dark. In another area, a display lists all of the extermination camps. At the Shrine of the Book Museum, we saw a replica of the city of Jerusalem and parts of the scrolls founds near the Dead Sea and read about how the Bible was preserved over the years. On we went to Bethlehem. Yossi couldn’t...

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Jun 14, 2011 - Day 8: Jerusalem

Our group got off to a slow start today. All of us are tired from the non-stop pace. Marilyn Shehane stayed at the hotel with the stomach flu. Betsy Mushik vomited near the Western Wall (Wailing Wall); she, too, had started feeling ill last night. Yossi is trying to hurry our group because he is fitting more sights into the tour of the Old City. We saw the Western Wall, King David’s Tomb, the Mount Zion Upper Room (the site of the Last Supper), the place of Jesus’ burial, the Temple Mount, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Mount of Olives....

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May 7, 2011 - I Don't Roll on Shabbos

Walter says he doesn't roll on Shabbos and I had the fear that nothing else would be able to get done on Saturday in the largest this, the largest collection of Jews outside of their homeland, Brooklyn. What you can do is get your laundry back after 2 days from the evil magicians at Ritz Cleaners. After a lengthy phone conversation with them I didn't understand they said We'll send it right over." it arrived about 3 minutes later. People downstairs tried to convince me to go on a taxi ride to Bethlehem in the occupied area or Jericho. I...

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May 5, 2011 - Holed up in Jerusalem. day 3

Dropped off laundry at Ritz laundry in the Palestinian side of town. It still hasn't shown up. I could be wearing "my grandpa went to Jerusalem and all I got was this lousy t shirt" t shirts for the next 2 weeks. I went to Zedekiah's cave. This was a small natural cave that was then turned into a quarry. It goes under the old city for blocks. A large dank empty hole. They say Solomon quarried here to build the first temple. Went then to one of the last supper rooms. The crusaders picked this one. It has Gothic arches so I think there's...

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May 4, 2011 - The church of the holy s. Cont'd or another entry I hope my mother doesn't read

I have to keep starting new entries because the ipad won't let me save an entry and go back to where I was. So when I get paranoid I will lose my content (and I have before) I save and start a new one. The Edicule is a box containing the cave where Jesus was buried. Now this is similar to where he was buried in the Garden Tomb but much more impressive. Now the Garden tomb would win the Indiana Jones test, but mind numbing audacity the Edicule with it's Eastern orthodox guards, candles and 100 ft dome has the show going away. Tons of...

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