While pilgrims prepare to converge on the city at Easter to commemorate the events of Christian tradition, Israeli scientists researching climate change are at work in the surrounding hills studying the Ziziphus Spina-Christi, commonly known as Christ's Thorn Jujube. The tree is the kind believed to have provided the crown of thorns in Biblical accounts of Jesus Christ's crucifixion stands unaffected, its fruits ample and foliage green. They believe it is a "pioneer species"
Yesterday archaeologists discovered Jewish coins from the Jewish – Roman War, 66-73AD. The rare coins were found in a cave in the Old City with pieces of pottery from the period of the Great Revolt, when the Romans destroyed the Second Temple. The discovery was given particular significance as they were found just before the Jewish holiday of Passover, a celebration of Jewish freedom and self-determination. Chris and I explored near this area on the Southern Wall during our v
I love this letter from the celebrated author of such great books as, Of Mice and Men, The Pear, Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden. His muscular prose, insight into humanity, touched with humour and empathy, lift him high in the literary rankings.
You can understand why God provided the Israelites with manna and quail here on their journey to the Promised Land. The book of Exodus records that in the Desert of Sin, God also instituted the Sabbath. Chris and I visited this barren desert last June when we visited the south of Israel/Palestine. The ever-changing colours of its shapes and contours create their own brand of beauty.
In 2015, five Jewish students from Brooklyn entered the Palestinian neighborhood of Jabal Johar after having been misdirected there by the navigational system Waze on their way to the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Palestinians on the street who saw their car immediately threw stones and a firebomb at the vehicle. The students were able to escape from the car before the Palestinians torched it. A Palestinian resident of the neighborhood rescued them and sheltered them in h
On 14th February 3000 Muslims, Jews and Christians who had not met each other, gathered in a hangar in Haifa. This is the result. To see the actual performance view my post on Wednesday 28th February "Inspirational Message of Peace." One Day Matisyahu See everybody that´s existing Got a mind of their own We´re all Kings and Queens With a throne of our own Tryin to raise a family Is an empty home We got to learn to stick together Hate to be here alone 'Cause the world is a pla