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Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

In Gratitude

One of the very special highlights of the Bramson tour to Israel is our guide Yehuda Hockman. Yehuda is an amazing man. At 70, he still leads tours in Israel. To become a guide in Israel is not easy. The training is extensive, similar to obtaining a Master’s Degree. In addition to being a tour […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

Most Holy Place

This picture is taken from the area of the Eastern Gate looking west. Archeologists believe that the area under the small black dome to the left is where the Most Holy Place was in the original temple. There is plenty of room in this area for the tribulation temple to be rebuilt and still leave […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

An unexpected surprise

Sometimes shopping leads to unexpected surprises. Yesterday afternoon was one of our free times here in Jerusalem. The bus dropped us off at Ben Yehuda street, which is a popular Jewish shopping area. It is similar to State Street in Redlands, but larger and without cars. Vera, Yehdua’s wife, had recommended this area as a […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

Suffering

It was a cool, gray and rainy day this morning in Jerusalem as our bus pulled out of the hotel. Our day began with a visit to a quiet Garden of Gethsemene. As we gazed at the ancient olive trees and reflected on our Lord’s suffering, we also gazed at the Eastern Gate and anticipated […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

Dead Sea Experience

Following our baptism at the Jordan River, we traveled south to the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is fed by the Jordan River. Because there is no outlet, the mineral content has risen to such a high level that it makes all life forms impossible. But for tourists, this high mineral content produces a distinct […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

Yom Ha’Shoa

Our day in Israel started as it always does with teaching from Yehuda. He told us that today, April 8, is the Memorial Day for the Holocaust. Israel sets aside this day in remembrance of those who died in the Holocaust. “It wasn’t so long ago, yet many people deny that it happened. It is […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

Sabbath in Israel

Coming from a land that never stops to a land that makes a weekly stop can come as a surprise to many visitors to Israel. Yesterday we descended into Tiberias late Friday afternoon. Yehuda, our Messianic Jewish guide, told us that Tiberias is a religious Jewish city. The streets were already quiet when our bus […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

Shalom from windy Israel!

Our day began with a delicious Israeli breakfast along the Mediterranean Sea. Afterward we headed north along the sea road to Caesarea, home of Herod’s summer palace as well as Cornelius, the Roman soldier who sent for Peter from Jaffa (where we were yesterday.) Next, we traveled to Mt Carmel site of the showdown between […]