Day 9 - Jerusalem: Outside the old city wall, on a rainy day
(one of only a few each year!)
Day 9 - Jerusalem. View of the Western Wall and Dome of the
Day 10 - Jerusalem: The Dome of the Rock. This is the holiest
site in Judaism, which was converted to a mosque in the 7th century AD.
Believed to be the location of the Foundation Stone where Abraham
prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac and the location of first and
second temples. Muslims believe this is where Muhammad ascended to
Day 10 - Jerusalem: Tour of the ruins below the Western Wall.
The Western Wall is a massive wall that is part of the Temple Mount.
Many Jews pray at this wall because non-Muslims are forbidden from
praying on the Temple Mount, and also because the Orthodox Jews believe
the Temple Mount is too holy to ascend.
Day 10 - Jerusalem: Bar Mitzvah at the western wall. Men and
women are restricted to separate sections, so during events like this
women hang over the divider and throw candy to the men's side.
Day 10 - Jerusalem: Orthodox Jews praying at the Western Wall.
Day 10 - Jerusalem: The letters in the wall's cracks are letters
to God, which the city collects each year and buries near the Mount of
Day 10 - Jerusalem: Israel Museum: Outside the Shrine of the
Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are kept. The Dead Sea Scrolls are a
collection of ancient scrolls that include one of the oldest and most
complete copies of the Hebrew bible.
Day 10 - Jerusalem: Israel Museum: Ancient engraved Aramaic
stone from 9th century BCE, referencing the House of David.
Day 11 - Jerusalem: City of David ruins. This is believed to be
the location of the pool where Jesus cured the blind man. The ruins
here are part of the "City of David", which is where King David (from
the Hebrew bible) established the capital for the 12 tribes.
Day 11 - Jerusalem: Bar Mitzvah celebration marching towards
the Western Wall.
Day 12 - Jerusalem: Holocaust Museum.
Day 12 - Jerusalem: Holocaust memorial, listing the names of the
Day 12 - Jerusalem: Rock orchestra performing on the street in
Jerusalem, with a projector light show. Part of a street music
festival that was going on.
Day 13 Jerusalem: Orthodox Jewish bakery.
Day 13 - Jerusalem. Tram providing easy transportation around
Day 13 - Jerusalem: Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed to
encompass the locations where Jesus was crucified and buried.
Pilgrims wait to touch the stone on which Jesus was nailed to the
- Jerusalem: Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Jesus's tomb.
While we were there, the tomb had just been opened for 60 hours for
archaelogical excavation for the first time since the 16th century. Read
more about it here.
Day 13 - Jerusalem: Pilgrims (not sure which demonination) walk
the Via Dolorosa ("Way of Sorrows") which approximates the path Jesus
took leading up to the Crucification and contains marked Stations of
Day 13 - Jerusalem: Armed guards are a common sight in the Old
Day 13 - Jerusalem: Franciscan monks gather at the first Station
of the Cross (now inside an Arab school) each Friday to walk the Via
Day 13 - Jerusalem: Friday evening the town completely shuts
down for Shabbat. Well-dressed Jews make their way to the Western
Day 13 - Jerusalem: Shabbat shalom! Shabbat dinner at our
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