Pictures of the North

Here are some pictures of the trip Sue and I made to the Golan Heights and the Hula Valley. The valley is high above the Sea of Galilee and is full of streams and the headwaters of the Jordan River. The upper Golan was closed off due to military activity for a day, but Sue and I were able to drive up highway 98 from the highway 87 junction. This highway parallels the Syrian border within a few miles and Israeli forces and very present.  We traveled north just past the Syrian town of Kuneitra, where the news has reported that heavy fighting has occurred in the past month between ISIS and Syrian forces. It was all quiet on the eastern front for us that day.


The Sea of Galilee as seen at sea level viewed from the south.


The bronze statue of Saint Peter by the sea shore at Capernium


Sue meditating by the shore at Capernium.


Sue after hiking down the mountian to Gamala, the Masada of the north where over 4000 Jews perished at the hands of the Romans.


An old olive grove near the Lebanon border in the far north.


There is no such thing as level ground to walk in the old city of En Hod.


Haifa Bay at twilight.


The beautiful green mountians of Carmel.


the view looking north from the artist village of Rosh Pina, first settled by Romanian Jews in 1880.


A beautiful cool day looking over the lush Hula Valley in the North.



Today at 11:05, Israel had a nation wide Airaid drill to test all emergency systems.                        The sound brought back the memories of the fifty days of sirens and hundreds of             rockets that were fired from Gaza at us here in Beer Sheva.


Not a Drill.


Aftermath from a rocket attack.


Thank the Lord for the Iron Dome Miss.e System.



Standing up for Israel

This year, Purim falls on March 4th-5th. It’s a day of
celebration commemorating Queen Esther’s faith and courage and
the deliverance of the Jewish People from the destructive hands of
Haman, who plotted their annihilation.

Esther called her people to fast. The Jewish People were in danger,
and Esther took a serious and enormous risk to obtain favor and stop
the plot against them. She had the courage to step out of royal
protocol in order to get attention. She had good reason.

There is a startling similarity between Esther’s brave pursuit
and what will happen here in the United States on March 3rd, the very
day of the Esther Fast this year. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu is scheduled to speak to Congress. This is the speech that
is causing controversy all the way from the White House to Israel
because it wasn’t set up “according to protocol.”

And yet, the Prime Minister is determined to speak up on behalf of his
country regarding the deadly threat of Iran’s nuclear powers,
not only to his nation and people, but to the world.


Pictures Are Worth 1000 Words!

As we get ready to leave Israel in a few days, here are a few pictures from around the land.


More Sukkot pictures

Here are a few more pictures that we took of sukkahs the past few weeks. We have enjoyed celebrating the fall feasts in Israel. We took a few trips into Jerusalem the past week. Tens of thousands of pilgrims coming into the city created quite a traffic jam for miles outside of the city. We explored some new routes to get into Jerusalem and when we got there, found some major roads blocked off for a parade. The Bible museum had a travelling display of the history of the Bible. On display were some original Jewish prayer books as old as the 9th century. Also on display was the original Tyndale Bible. It was a very informative and excellant display. Parking the car was a huge issue, as hundreds of other people had the same idea…enjoy!


Sukkot Celebration

Jeff and I were at the homes of two different friends this past week and helped them put up and decorate their sukkahs. We had our first Sukkot dinner at another friends house. Here are some pictures that will give you an idea of what we have been up to.


City of David, Jerusalem

Jeff and I met Peggy P at the City of David, Jerusalem. We had a fascinating time climbing over the remains of David’s Palace and learning the history of the City of David. We walked at least 1/3 of a mile through the old underground water system that carried the water from Gihon Spring (outside the old city walls) into the city of Jerusalem. These tunnels and drainage canals are at least 2000 years old, and are still functional. The pool of Shiloah (Siloam) was recorded in 2 Kings 20:20, “The other events of Hezekiah’s reign, and all his exploits, and how he made the pool and the conduit and brought the water into the city of Jerusalem are recorded….” Second Temple sources mention the Shiloah Pool in regard to Temple ceremonies, “How was the Water Libation performed? The priest would fill a golden flask holding 3 logs (a liquid measure) with water from Shiloah…(Mishnah Sukkah 4:9).

Jerusalem…the city of the King!!