Mount Scopus Hotel
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... on Sunday morning. From lunch we headed to the
open market in Jerusalem, which was pretty amazing. Fruit, vegetables,
hallavah, flowers, breads and so much more. There were people everywhere
and Drew and I took tons of pictures. The stores were extremely
interesting as were the ...
... the nation into national repentance and subsequent victory over the Philistines. Between the two, they oversaw the nation for 40 years—the length of time that the Israelites were oppressed by the Philistines and Ammonites (Jephthah took care of them in Gilead on the other side of the Jordan while Samson was busy on the Mediterranean Coast).
On the way down the Diagonal Route, we stopped off at Soccoh in the Elah Valley. Since we ...
... would handle it. So we all went down to the sea and I was shocked by how much it has receded. I mean there were old signs saying don't swim here and it was dry like the desert with the water still miles away. Once we made it, we got into our swim suits and walked to the mud and lathered on the grey silt to look our absolute finest for the hilarious photoshoots that followed. After too many to count our skin was finally starting to crust over and the time had come to float in the dead ...
... important landmarks in the region. After lunch we visited nearby Bethlehem, the site of many Biblical events. Of course, this is where Jesus and David were born, where Ruth met Boaz and Naomi returned and also the site of Rachel's death. We visited the Church of the Nativity which rests on what is almost certainly the site of Christ's birth. We also visited a shepherds field where it is believed angels announced the birth of Christ (Luke ...
... close and touch it. What an interesting experience. Countless Jewish people were either touching the wall and praying out loud or placing slips of paper containing written prayers into the crevices of the Wall. Many Orthodox Jews could be seen standing at the wall, chanting and swaying. Men to the left and women to the right. We were even lucky enough to witness a young boy's Bar Mitzvah while we were there. All religions are welcomed at the wall and it truly is ...