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Shabbat Blessings

We had already been to the Western Wall  of the temple area, where devout  Jews pray, however we had another opportunity to go there, this time on  Shabbat, the holy seventh day of the week and an important  hallmark of … Continue reading

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Mysteries and Musings on the Temple Mount

Perhaps I have watched too many Indiana Jones movies, but I wonder about the mysterious location of the Ark of the Covenant. Is it hidden beneath old Jerusalem or somewhere on the Temple Mount? No-one can say for sure, and … Continue reading

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A smorgasbord of gods: Who do you say that I am?

  People of the ancient world came here to Caesarea, Philippi to worship and appease their gods. Even in ruins, the site is impressive.  The focal point  is a large grotto in a wall of reddish rock where a spring … Continue reading

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Magdala and Her story

The recently discovered site of Magdala, a port on the Sea of Galilee, is about as authentic as Biblical sites get. I loved this site for its story. Jesus almost certainly would have taught in the synagogue here and Mary … Continue reading

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On Jordan’s muddy banks I sit.

As several people in our group prep for a baptism in the Jordan River, I remove my shoes and dip my toes in.  A few feet away is a sign stating “Border Ahead.” The other side of the river is … Continue reading

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Bethlehem: Good news for All People

  Bethlehem does not resemble the Christmas cards. We pass through a security checkpoint before we are allowed to enter this Palestinian authority area. As we walk down the street, a combination of shabby and gaudy greets us. Merchants hawk … Continue reading

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Arrival in the Holy Land

  Intermittently, I gaze out of the window of the plane, but all I can see is bright clouds. The aircraft shudders as it passes through on the slow descent to Tel Aviv. I wonder, what will I see? What … Continue reading

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