This video by Lori Palantik, a highly respected leader in the Jewish community, is sounding the trumpet call for the return of American Jews to Israel, Now. A very prominent Rabbi told her,”When they start killing Jews in the streets, it’s time”.
The ancient city of Shivta was located in the middle of the Negev desert, about 43 kilometers SW of Beersheva. Christainity came to the Negev in the fourth century and the remains of two large churches stand above the ruins today. The artwork and other artifacts found at the site, point to the Nabatean, Roman and Byzantine periods. Water channels were extensively built, carrying water throughout the very developed city. Shivta was abandoned sometime in the 10th century, along with the other Nabatean cities along the incense route. Archeologists today are working to put together pieces of information that they have found, to discover why these cities were abandoned and the nation of the Nabateans disappeared. The Nabateans are thought to have descended from Ishmael.
We enjoyed being in Israel for Hanukkah. As part of our celebration experience, we went to Jerusalem for the eighth and final lighting of the hanukkiah light. It was exciting to be at the Kotel, with the crowds gathering there in a spirit of expectancy. The dignitaries came in well-guarded cars, the torches on top of an adjacent building were lit, the music started, the crowd sang and moved with the beat, then a hush settled over everyone, as the Rabbi started the prayers.
Enjoy the sites with us, including a stroll through the narrow passageways of the Jewish quarter of the Old City. The golden glow of candles shining through the darkness was evident everywhere you looked.
Magdala is an ancient fishing community situated at the base of Mount Arbel, on the Sea of Galilee. It is situated close to Capernium and the Mount of Beautitudes. This is the site of the oldest synagogue excavated in Galilee and a place where Yeshua surely taught and healed the multitudes, including Mary Magdalene (Mary of Magdala) who made her hometown famous. The Magdala stone was discovered inside the First Century Syngague. The design appears to be a three-dimensional representation of the Second Temple of Jerusalem and includes the world’s oldest carved menorah. To see a short youtube presentation on Magdala from Archaeology News Network at https://youtu.be/fsjJW-EBb8g
We spent an afternoon in Old City Jerusalem, visiting the Temple Institute. They have replicated the items that will be needed in the Third Temple to re-institute temple worship. They have many beautiful large paintings on the wall depicting Israel’s history, the giving of the Torah, the tabernacle, the first temple period, the second temple period, and what it might look like for the building of the third temple…even with the help of the light rail and cranes!
The priests garments and the High Priest garments, along with the breastplate and turban are on display on mannequins in glass cases. The alter, the laver, the incense table, the showbread table…it’s all there and ready to go when God’s timing is right. It really is interesting. As all museums are, there is a headset audio tour in English. Sorry, no pictures or videos allowed. visit their website for more information: www.temple institute.org
But, walk with us through the winding streets and sidewalks and enjoy the flavor of the Old City as we strolled around.
We started out our November adventure with a 10 day trip to Cyprus. We attended a wonderful conference with people that represented many nations in the Middle East. It was very informative and well worth our time. We made new friends and contacts that have enriched our lives.
Here are some of the sights we saw from that beautiful island.
ASHKELON – NOW AND THEN
We had a short three day stay in Ashkelon when we arrived in Israel from Cyprus. Ashkelon has an amazing history. Ashkelon (or Ashqelon) began some 10,000 years ago. The city was founded during the Middle Canaanite period (2000-1550BCE). During the Israelite period (1200-1000 BCE) Ashkelon was one of the five Philistine cities. It is mentioned in the biblical eulogy of David for Saul and Jonathan in 2 Samuel 1:20. Ashkelon is also linked to Sampson, who struck down 30 Philistines in Judges 14:11-19. The city reached its peak during the Roman period (37 BC-324CE). It has been a major port city in its long history, as it continues to be today in Israel. Residents enjoy the water activities along the beachfront of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. (information taken from the park folder).
Enjoy some of the National Park sights with us!