As our exploration of Jordan continued, we poked around the ancient City of Gadara – another town that reached its peak some time ago – around 2nd century AD. The town includes a large cobblestone street – stones not laid on the diagonal like other old towns – that stretched as far as one can see. The … More Our Jordan Exploration Continues….Ruins of Gadara – aka Umms Qays
As part of our great Israel & Jordan visit, we stopped at the ancient city of Jerash, Jordan. In the interest of full disclosure, I did no research before our departure to Israel & Jordan. Typically I research a destination to death before we travel. Guidebooks are my friend – this trip, I did zero reading … More The Ancient Jordan Town of Jerash – Sand IS a Preservative!
Our visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (definition – a small room or monument, cut in rock or built of stone, in which a dead person is laid or buried) is within the Christian Quarter of the walled Old City of Jerusalem. The site is venerated as Calvary where Jesus was crucified and also contains the place where Jesus is said to have … More Church of the Holy Sepulchre – walking in the steps of Christ
We ventured into the Jerusalem Markets – an great mix of interesting people & marketplace. The people of Israel were welcoming to American tourists and glad that we were visiting – tourism has dropped significantly due to local violence. We considered staying home and are really glad we visited. This was one of the best … More Jerusalem Shuk (Outdoor Market) with great Sites and Smells….and Tastes
Two thousand years ago, when the Roman army occupied the Land of Israel (then called by its Roman name, “Palestine”), one of the leading Rabbis who spoke out against the Roman rule was Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Not surprisingly, the Romans issued a death decree against the Rabbi, and together with his son, Rabbi Elazar, Rabbi Shimon … More Safed & the Abuhav Synagogue, Israel