Monday, August 6, 2012

The Jewish Life

It's kind of a running joke here that I love everything Jewish and everyone thinks that somehow I always manipulate the group to end up at the Western Wall since it is my favorite place in all of Jerusalem. Somehow it just always happens that we end up in the Jewish Quarter........
Here's a little glimpse of Jewish life in Jerusalem.
Hurva Synagogue
Hasidic man on Segway!
Sambooki Doughnut Shop

Jewish Wedding at the Western Wall

The Lovely Western Wall

Mea She'arim

Torah Scroll
The Shuk

Ramadan Jerusalem

I came back from Galilee and Jerusalem was a new city.
Ramadan started the Friday we were in Galilee and we came back Thursday and tried to go out in the city Friday afternoon and this is what we found! The picture below is a normal day at Damascus Gate. (I took this picture a couple days before we left for Galilee because I wanted some pictures of the places I go a lot in the city) Crazy!
Fridays are especially crazy because the Muslims go to al-Aqsa Mosque to pray. The rumor I heard was that 1.2 million Muslims were praying at al-Aqsa the day we were trying to fight the crowds. I believe it. I took these pictures around 5 pm--hours after the noon day prayers.
I love being in the crowds. I think China did that to me :) It's the perfect proximity for people watching without being super creepy. The old women in these crowds are feisty though! They don't seem to have a problem using an arm rest or a balancing pole.
It's exciting to be in Jerusalem during such an important time for Islam. I'm sure there are people who dream their whole lives to be in Jerusalem during Ramadan. This is a little Ramadan treat they are selling everywhere on the streets. It's taste like a pancake and pretzel at the same time with sugar on it.
My favorite new phrase everyone at the JC says now whenever something exciting happens: It's a Ramadan Miracle! (Instead of Christmas Miracle haha)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Galilee: The Baptismal Spot at the Jordan River

 After church on Saturday we went to the traditional baptismal spot at the Jordan River. I loved watching the people there. Some waded through the water, some people sang hymns, some of them looked like they could have been Mormons. One teacher, Brother Ludlow, was baptized here like 30 years ago and one of our other teachers baptized his son here last semester.

You're going to love this version of Mark 1. I died laughing when I read it!

Some of my favorite lines:
"An you know what?"
"I really get love an aloha for you"
"I stay good inside cuz a you!"
So great! 

The French Version of Christ's Baptism.

Galilee: Caesarea

Isn't Caesarea beautiful?

This may be the place where Paul was brought for trial. (Andy and Stehly are reenacting this scene). Paul stayed here for two years though so he walked in these places!

Crusader Walls worked on by King Louis IX from France.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Galilee: The Mounts

The place King Josiah was killed.

If you want to see what the desert really looks like this what it looks like in all its glory. 

Mount Carmel
Where Elijah fought the priests of Baal.

We like to sing at all the sites and Susan is now our on-call chorister.

Mount Tabor
possible location for the Mount of Transfiguration

possible mountain that Jesus was referring to in the Sermon on the Mount when he said "a city that sits on a hill"

Don't let the haze deceive you. It was hot! Rachelle discovered that even her knees were sweating.

Galilee: Miracles

Miracles during Christ's Ministry in the Galilean Area: 

Water into Wine at the Wedding Feast.
Church of Cana.

(It was closed when we got there so this picture is through the gate bars)

Feeding of the Five Thousand 
at Tabgha

The best preserved mosaic in Israel:

Raising of the Widow's Son
Church of Nain

Casting Devils into Swine 
at Kursi

The Swine:

The Devils: