Israel trip 2014: Day 2

On Day 2, we walked….and walked….and walked! From morning till night, we walked around Jerusalem, under the guidance and direction of our guide, Josh, who (as last year) made everything come to life, pointed out things we would have missed and filled in the gaps in our knowledge of the history and geography of Israel. It was such a joy and privilege to have him with us.

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Passing this cemetery, where hundreds of people are buried, we descended from the Mount of Olives into the city, stopping for a moving and reflective visit to the Garden of Gethsemane before passing by Absalom’s sepulchre.

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Back in Jerusalem, we visited the ‘Wailing Wall’ as it is called, although Josh explained to us that it is most often called simply the Western Wall nowadays. It was moving to see the number of people who were praying, as well as the written prayers that had been left in the cracks of the wall and the place where devout Jews wash their hands before praying.

 

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