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Day #6 – Israel

Gai Beach, Tiberias, Israel

Good morning from the Sea of Galilee. 6:49 AM.

This is my favorite photo from our trip.

It was so peaceful, and minus the modern embellishments, is a view that my Jesus saw a lot of.

Tiberias – by the Sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee is essentially a large lake.

There is no Hebrew word for lake.

So it’s a sea.

http://jesusboats.com/

We were on the Sea of Galilee with ten of these “Jesus Boats”, where we all locked together and had a worship service, along with some Hebrew dancing before departing.

Quiet seas.

It was easy in some spots on our cruise to imagine Jesus walking across the water to one of these little boats containing some very concerned Apostles.

Close to the end of our trip.

We hated leaving the boats; but there was so much to see.

On to the Mt. of Beatitudes
Appropriate attire required for entry.
The view from here
Speaks for itself.
Breathtakingly restful.

Capernaum is next.

The walk to Capernaum.
Excavated synagogue close to Peter’s home.
Inside excavated synagogue close to Peter’s home.
Peter’s Home

Peter’s home – What you see above is a new synagogue built above it.

I had difficulty getting great photos here; so you can follow the next link if you want to see more clearly.

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/the-house-of-peter-the-home-of-jesus-in-capernaum/

Jesus resting?

This statute was close to the entry to Capernaum.

Made of black stone. Note the nail holes in the feet.

The view of the Sea of Galilee from outside of Capernaum.

Onward to lunch!

Choose one.
So not used to having my food stare at me!

This was so far out of my comfort zone!

But I ate it any way.

I was surprised at how good it was – Seconds?

Boat Museum – Ginosar, Israel
The Big Question
Great care was taken to keep the keel of this boat in tact.
Next stop – Magdala
An amazing archaeological find, actual floor tile.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdala
So much has been revealed.
Exciting to think that Mary of Magdalene walked here.

As we head down the pathway from this spot, we come to Duc In Altum.

Which means “Out into the deep”

https://www.magdala.org/visit/duc-in-altum/womens-atrium/

In this atrium, we all stood circling this fountain.

We all began to sing (Sadly I can’t remember what song) and as we all moved to the center, the sound seemed to fill the hall.

It was amazing.

We were surrounded by pillars.
Each with the name of an important woman from the Bible carved into it.
https://www.magdala.org/visit/duc-in-altum/boat-chapel/
https://www.magdala.org/visit/duc-in-altum/encounter-chapel/

This room, the Encounter Chapel, struck my companions and I perhaps more than anywhere else we visited.

We stayed here in silence for several prayerful moments before leaving with very quieted hearts.

Just one more stop today –

https://www.israeljerusalem.com/yardenit.htm

The Yardenit is the baptismal site located on the Jordan River.

I have no photos of my own from this site, as I was busy getting re-baptized myself.

That’s it for today’s tour.

I’m exhausted.

How about you?

Please join me next time for Day # 7.

Day #5 Jerusalem to Tiberias

Day #2 of our tour.

We saw so much.

The time seemed so long, and so short.

Since it is impossible to remember all our guide told us, I placed some links.

Please enjoy the photos – It was hard to choose.

Panoramic View From Mt. Carmel

Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal here.

Resting at Mt. Carmel

The day was very warm. This was one of the most restful stops we had. It was so peaceful.

About Kibbutz – http://archive.jewishagency.org/first-home-homeland/program/16766
We had a delightful lunch here.
View of Bethlehem from the Kibbutz.
A quiet walk way outside the Kibbutz.
Caesarea

The place where Harod’s palace was.

On the horizon, part of his palace was made into a restaurant.

Entry to the Roman Amphitheater.
Tunnel to the theater.
Still in use today.

Some of the ancient names can still be read on the seats.

A Breath of Ocean Air.
Lovely Caesarea Beach
The restaurant. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g297742-d7251187-Reviews-Limani_Bistro-Caesarea_Haifa_District.html
Aqueduct – https://followinghadrian.com/2015/01/05/the-hadrianic-aqueduct-of-caesarea-maritima-israel/

We would love to visit Caesarea again, and stay a while.

What a beautiful town it was, oh and the ocean!

Jezreel (Yizrael) Valley – Armageddon
Jezreel (Yizrael) Valley – Armageddon

Olive trees in the distance from Mt. Precipice
My hubby with Mt. Tabor in the background.

Mount Tabor. … In the Hebrew Bible (Joshua, Judges), Mount Tabor is the site of the Battle of Mount Tabor between the Israelite army under the leadership of Barak and the army of the Canaanite king of Hazor, Jabin, commanded by Sisera. In Christian tradition, Mount Tabor is the site of the transfiguration of Jesus. (Google search)

After leaving Mt. Tabor, we headed on to our hotel, that night would be our first night in Tiberias.

We. Were. Exhausted.

Please join me next time for Day #6.

Day #4- Israel

Day #4 officially began our “Tour Days”.

The next few posts will be more photos and less words.

I’ll caption whatever I can; if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Enjoy.

Jewish cemetery from the Mt. of Olives.

The cemetery goes the entire distance around the Mt. of Olives.

The Dome of the Rock from the Mt. of Olives.

Our guide told us that the Dome of the Rock is essentially a large tombstone with no one buried inside.

The Dome of the Rock is built on top of the Foundation Stone, which is sacred to both Jews and Muslims.

The Golden Gate from the Mt. of Olives.

On our trip around the city, we saw all of the gates.

The Golden Gate

I wish I had had more time to learn about them all.

I see a new study in my future.

Garden f Gethsemane entry.

A bell rings and the gate is opened every half hour by a Monk.

Only a certain amount are allowed in at once – six?

Garden of Gethsemane exit.
To Mt. Zion
To King David’s Tomb
King David’s Tomb

There is a men’s side, and a women’s side.

My husband took this photo – with his head covered.

Room of the Last Supper

It is believed that a room like this was used for the last supper.

IDF ending their maneuvers next to the walls of Mt.Zion.
Walking along one of the walls of Mt. Zion.
One view from Mt. Zion
The remains of King David’s stables

Being in this place, around the wall, and inside the wall was a dream come true for me.

Enter – The Western Wall
The Western Wall – The women’s side
The Western Wall – The men’s side
Door to the upper prayer room at the Western Wall
Prayer room in the top corner of the Western Wall

There were people praying in here; but I didn’t photo them, just the ceiling portion.

Walking away from the Western Wall

We were sad to leave, but had much more to see on that day.

Here’s our sign.
In the tomb garden
Walking in the tomb garden
Door to the tomb
Inside the tomb

Bodies were allowed to stay in the tombs for one year.

The bones were then removed so that the tomb could be used again.

Passing by a set up for a city festival day.

This area is being set up for a city wide festival, many bands at the same venue.

The cool thing is that there are maybe six places all around that have this event at the same time.

They know how to party!

I hope you enjoyed this tour of Day #4.

I hope you’ll join me again next time for Day #5.

The Food – Israel

I’m pretty boring when it comes to food.

I like what I like, and it’s hard for me to try new things.

I’ve always said I’d make a terrible missionary.

Not because of the missionary part, but because of the dietary part!

Now, I’ve never been on an “All inclusive” anything before, so when I saw the amount of food provided for our breakfast, and supper, I was stunned.

The variety was out of this world, and the amount was obscene.

The photos in this post concerning food are from a Google search.

I was far too busy eating the food to take photos of it.

The first two days, I did manage to eat some new foods.

New foods, new spices.

After that, opted for the more familiar fare; much easier on the insides.

There were a few things we found interesting about the food served to us while we were there;

  • Of course, no bacon
  • No meat was served in the morning
  • No dairy was served a supper time

Meat and Dairy

Any meat (the flesh of birds and mammals) cannot be eaten with dairy. Utensils that have come into contact with meat (while hot) may not be used with dairy and vice versa. In addition, utensils that have come into contact with non-kosher food (while hot) may not be used with kosher food.

Pareve Foods

Kosher food is divided into three categories: meat, dairy, and pareve. The pareve foods are considered neutral and can be eaten with either milk or meat.

  • All fruits, vegetables, grains, pasta, nuts, beans, and legumes are kosher. Note, however, that with the exception of a small number of locust species, bugs are not kosher. As a result, the use of certain fruits and vegetables is now considered controversial in certain Orthodox circles, over concerns about insect infestation. 
  • Eggs, fruits, vegetables, and grains are considered pareve, or neutral, and can be eaten with either meat or dairy. Fish is also considered pareve, but some kosher observant Jews do not cook or eat fish with meat.
  • Grape products (including juice and wine) must be produced by Jews in order to be considered kosher. 

Information from https://www.thespruceeats.com/jewish-dietary-laws-2121753

So enough of this, I’m hungry now.

I hope you’ll join me again next time for Day #4.

Day 3 – Jerusalem

On day three of our convocation, we heard again from Dan Juster, (http://www.kkcj.org/people/info/dan-juster), also from Aglow’s President and CEO Jane Hansen Hoyt (https://www.aglow.org/about-us/president-ceo).

During the time between sessions, we loaded on to a bus, and traveled to Revive Israel. (https://www.reviveisrael.org/ ).

To Revive Israel
A short walk down the hill to Revive Israel

Note: The rear view mirrors on the bus are on the front of the bus; and they’re still there!

We’re getting closer!

I’ve always wanted to go here; Finally!

Here We are!

At Revive Israel, we were able to worship together under the anointing of the house worship team.

Our Father, who art in Heaven…

At first blush, I was quite underwhelmed.

But as God often does, He shows Himself awesome in seemingly unassuming ways.

I found Revive Israel to me modest, and small, and FULL of God’s presence.

Through Revive Israel, we were introduced to Kite-pride. (https://www.israel21c.org/kite-pride-creates-jobs-for-ex-victims-of-the-sex-industry/)

We came away with our own Kite-pride bags – and the knowledge that someone formerly from the sex trades, is getting a start on a new life!

From Revive Israel

Come with me next time for Day #4’s adventure!

Day #2 Revisited – Exploring – Finding Food

“On this day, after the morning session, Frank and I went walking in the neighborhood around the Dan Hotel.

We shared a delightful lunch along the way; but I’ll share about that little jaunt later on in a different post.”

Well here is that post.

Each day we had some time in between Session 1 and Session 2, free time, to do whatever resting or exploring we wanted to do.

The first day, we took our bus ride back to the hotel for a nap.

Which turned out not to be as much of a nap, as a crash.

We had no idea just how tired we really were.

On day two, we decided on a walk around the neighborhood to find lunch.

We had our first encounter with falafel. Oh my goodness! It is served with your choice of sweet and savory additions, inside a pita pocket.

The place we first encountered this food, was no bigger than my living room; a place open to the street; charming.

We ate a lot of falafel while in Israel.

After eating, we went on a exploration through the neighborhoods around the Dan Jerusalem Hotel.

A very nice home

We wanted to wander a bit, and perhaps see a piece of everyday life in this place.

Many homes were surrounded by stone walls or ornate fences.

What we found, was that every street was different.

The unifying factor was the color of the stone. (referenced here; https://significantencounters.com/2019/09/27/day-2-jerusalem/)

Traffic on the edge of the neighborhood.

About a block before turning onto this busy street again, we passed a school.

The children, like children everywhere, playing outside for recess. (I took no photos, because, kids!)

The laughter of children, a language we understood, a language universal.

One of my favorite views!

A very small park in the midst of a stone and concrete neighborhood.

A breath of fresh air, and a glimpse of Jerusalem.

The neighborhood changes a bit.

On the way back; reminiscent of a small town factory district, but still, family dwellings.

Turning back toward the hotel.

Although our walk was short, the heat of the day was catching up, so we headed back.

We would see many more neighborhoods on our further travels during the week.

Best view from these windows!

It was a very different type of feeling walking through these places, knowing that we were actually IN JERUSALEM!

A place many want to go, and relatively few, get to experience.

Contrary to popular belief; Never, ever, did we feel unsafe.

Another lovely home.

In my childhood dreams, this would have been a palace.

I wonder how the inhabitants think of it.

Does it look like home to you?

Home at the end of our loop.

The last home before our return to the Dan.

Not sure if the bars are for protection, or simply ornamental. (Did I mention we always felt safe?)

A bright spot in all of the neutral color.

We made it back in time to catch the second bus, and a nap at our own hotel.

Join me next time for Day #3.

Day #2 – Jerusalem

Tuesday morning began with another trip to the Dan Jerusalem Hotel.

Our speaker was Dan Juster.

Dr. Juster’s resume is a long and full one. (http://www.kkcj.org/people/info/dan-juster) His overall focus has been the Messianic Jewish movement since 1972.

The morning drive began simply enough.

Our driver took us a different way than the freeway on this morning.

It was quite like the morning drive you might experience in the states.

Traffic builds.

It was neat to drive through some neighborhoods as the people began to go about their days.

Proof that people, are just people.

Students awaiting their time to cross.

I can’t say that I remember seeing a bus anywhere.

My thought was that these kids were all within walking distance of their schools.

I did not think to ask.

Back on the freeway.

There were to things that we all noticed about Jerusalem.

Construction. Everywhere.

And clogged up traffic because of the construction.

New construction abounds!

According to codes, all buildings must be built with the same color palette.

Due highly to the availability of stone resources.

If it was not built of local stone, it was built in concrete in the same color.

The effect of the color palette is striking!

Most of the building we saw, was up.

There did not seem to be much horizontal land available.

The joke was that the national bird, was the crane.

Cranes on the horizon.

Much of our morning drive was next to construction.

Traffic pushing through, next to enormous quarry like holes.Thes bus drivers – were simply masters at traversing it all.

We were quite surprised they had any mirrors left at all!

A pleasant site amidst the traffic.

It’s hard to imagine what the terrain must have been like when Jesus walked here.

Israel has done a fine job taking rough terrain, and making it into something beautiful.

So happy we had a bus and not just sandled feet for our journey.

Tunnels. Through solid rock.

How on earth do they do that?

On this day, after the morning session, Frank and I went walking in the neighborhood around the Dan Hotel.

We shared a delightful lunch along the way; but I’ll share about that little jaunt later on in a different post.

I hope you are enjoying your little arm chair tour.

I’ll see you next time for Day #3.