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Mar 6, 2013 - Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus agonizes over his coming death.

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.

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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.

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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...

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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...

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Palestine Freedom

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....

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Israel 12-12-12

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;...

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Jul 17, 2012 - Judges in your Gates....

According to Psalms, “You are righteous… and your laws are straight” and “He leads me in circles of justice”. This is taken to mean that the laws of the land are necessarily rigid (they set a standard) but that in order to do justice, the entire set of circumstances must be reviewed from all angles. These ideas were put into play by the brother & sister team of architects Ram & Ada Karmi when they won the competition in 1986 from amongst 500 entrants worldwide to design the new building to house the Supreme Court of Israel. The previous one...

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Jul 16, 2012 - Bar Mitzvah's 'R Us

Well, I guess a Mazal Tov is in order. Or something. Turns out that Israeli Immigration & Border Services has recorded us as having made Aliyah upon arrival in Tel Aviv last Thursday, along with the 230 others on the Aliyah Flight we accompanied who ACTUALLY intended to become Israeli Citizens. I am, of course, mightily miffed. I mean, given that we are now officially Israeli citizens, exactly where is my basket of goodies? My Israeli Health Care card (Kupat Cholim) for example? My initial cash stipend of 1,600 shekels, for a better...

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Jul 15, 2012 - The U. and the K. in one day

Hillary Clinton is coming to Jerusalem tomorrow. She is staying at our hotel. This means that the joint is now jumping with with US and Israeli Secret Service agents, Israeli Police officers and IDF soldiers. I'm pretty sure that Batman & Robin are out there somewhere, too. There is a secret service guy on every elevator and another is stationed on every floor. They all have little plastic curly wires in their ears and whisper constantly into their lapels. I think they are ordering room service but I'm not sure. I presume she will want to...

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Jul 14, 2012 - Transliteration & Art on Shabbat

It may be the single most curious thing about Israel: Transliteration of words from other languages using the Hebrew alphabet. From “Pillsbury” to “Ikea”, there is no corporate logo or brand name that can’t be transliterated. I guess I can accept that, as you’d want that consistency. It’s the transliteration of everyday words that is the more curious aspect. Take “Dreadlocks”, for example. Why would you do that? Then again, why not? Todays’ photos include a small smattering of transliterations. Jerusalem is filled with dichotomies by...

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Jul 13, 2012 - King of Rugelach

Today's Jerusalem Post contained a photo and feature article on the Aliyah Flight arrival. It did not mention anything about the jet lag that one of it's passengers enjoyed dealing with overnight. Hence, enjoy the photo of the Old City taken a the crack of dawn this morning. I only had to wait about 3 hours till it was dawn so I could take the bloody photo. We were the first ones at the breakfast buffet today. I think we were there before the staff. But I think you'll enjoy the photo of the daily morning spread here at our Hotel by the...

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Jul 12, 2012 - Hitting the Wall

Our Aliyah flight arrived at Ben Gurion airport at 6:30am - about an hour ahead of schedule. An early arrival email was broadcast far & wide throughout Israel the night before (Israel time) so all of the families, press and dignitaries meeting us when we landed were in fact there and not an hour late. (Now wouldn't that be a sight? We all walk down the stairs to the tarmac and no one is there?). Anyway, it was all of 9:30am by the time the welcome ceremonies were complete; our luggage was located; and our free taxi ride into Jerusalem was...

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