Hotel Ramat Rachel
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Today is Yom Kippur: the Jewish Day of Atonement (The Holiest Day of the Year). It is also a Muslim Holy Day (something to do with Ishmael, I think). Anyway it's a double whammy and Jerusalem is as quiet as it's ever likely to be. Hardly any shops/stalls at all are open. Obviously a perfect day for us to celebrate the Way of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa - or so you would think. We left the college at 7:15 to walk down there bearing our cross with us - well Tuckwon was anyway. ...
... being in Hebrew I still jumped for joy when they kissed and Roey broke the glass and everyone yelled Mazel Tov! knowing that they were now officially husband and wife! Cutest couple award and next disney fairy tale movie coming out next fall (watch for it!) - aka their videographer has a lot of editing to do before the first cut is made.
After many hugs as the whole attendance rushed under the huppah to give their congrats we then moved to our ...
... building dated to the 2nd century BC. Benj pointed out that most arches are semi-circular, but the arches in the Upper Room are slightly pointed like an inverted "V"--typical of the Crusaders and evidence for the fact that the upper floors were constructed at a later date. Since there are very few and rather disreputable other options for the Upper Room location, it is very likely that we were at the actual site. We read John 12 and learned the two mains ...
... and I asked her if she was OK. Her daughter and grand- daughter were with her. She was 89 years old and had survived 8 months in Auschwitz! She was showing the hipster guy her number still visible on her arm. Wow! I took her picture, but I did not get her name! What a perfect reminder of why Israel has to continue to protect its people! The rest of the world sure as hell won't! I checked in and got settled. At 7:15 I met up with the New Yad ...
... been committed to four pillars of remembrance:
"And to them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name (a "yad vashem")... that shall not be cut off."
(Isaiah, chapter 56, verse 5)
"If we wish to ...