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Jerusalem Old City - Root Of Judiasm

Today was an awesome day. With our guide David, we walked to the old city of Jerusalem. This is the focal point of the Jewish religion. The city of King David, under King Solomon, David’s son, built the first temple some 3000 years ago. The city was conquered in the ensuing centuries by various groups such as Assyrians, Persians, Babylonians, Romans, Crusaders and Muslims.

In more recent times when the United Nations partitioned the British mandate of Palestine set up after the First World War, there were two separate entities: a Jewish state (Israel) and an Arab state (Jordan). So the Jewish people had resurrected their ancient land however, the Arab states were opposed and five nations attacked in 1948. The Jewish nation drove back the Arab armies and armistice was signed. Jerusalem’s old city was in Jordanian hands and Jews were forbidden. After the 1967 war, Israel captured the old city and gave freedom for all religions to worship there. Many Jewish structures were destroyed and a rebuilding process took hold,

Today, all that is left of the old temple is the Western outer wall and there people from all over the world go to pray or worship, and insert tiny slips of hand written notes. Adele and I both did our bit, meditating and gicing sikent prayer. The old city is divided into four sectors: jewish, Christian, Muslim and Armenian.

What is fascinating about the old city is that when you go underground, you see the various layers of archeological discoveries with each conquest building on top of the other.

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Jerusalem is also of tremendous importance to the Christian faith. We walked the Via Delorosa which is the path Jesus took, carrying the cross on his way to be crucified. He was sentenced by Pontius Pilate and he died on the site now occupied by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. When we were there the crowds were huge, people packed in so tightly that people could easily be crushed if anyone ended up falling. The line up to see the tomb of Jesus was a mere two hours!

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Posted by PassionRetirees 12:07 Archived in Israel

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OMG WOW!! How amazing it all is.

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