What a miracle that Hilary didn’t get elected & we now have a President who will support Israel. It was an obvious answer to prayer. Who would have ever thought Donald Trump would side with the true conservatives and Israel? I hope and pray they will move the U.S Embassy to Jerusalem. Why can other countries & the U. M. (that’s what I call it) tell Israel what its capital is? Can they tell us what our capital is? Can they tell us where our borders are?
Today starts the BIBLICAL day of prayer, (at sundown) of Yom Kippur. I don’t get why some “Christians” will get together and pray with Muslims, and others, who worship a different false god, on the “National Day of Prayer”, but they do not join our Jewish brothers to fast and pray on the Biblical day of prayer that God established.
PLEASE pray (fast if you are able), not just for our own sins, but for our nation. We are under God’s judgment for rejection of the standards this nation was founded on. Yes, we need to vote for the person most likely to adhere to those standards, but Yawheh is our Rock and our Fortress. He is our only hope. Blessings to all who will join us this evening and tomorrow to pray and fast for His mercy and forgiveness.
“These words are taken from the words of Isaiah:1 “For so says the Lord to the eunuchs who will keep My Sabbaths and will choose what I desire and hold fast to My covenant, ‘I will give them in My house and in My walls a “Yad vaShem” (place and a name), better than sons and daughters; an everlasting name I will give him, which will not be discontinued.’” Yad = a place; Shem = a name. “A place and a name,” for those who were not given the dignity of a Jewish burial, or any burial at all in millions of cases.”
The Monday before we left, we went back to Jerusalem to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. The gentleman at the information desk was a holocaust survivor himself, also his brother, the only ones to survive in their entire family. Pictures are not allowed in the historical museum. You wouldn’t want to photograph what we saw anyway. The pictures below are of the memorials to survivors, children and those who fought back against the Nazis. We had been to the Holocaust Memorial in Washington D.C., which impacted me greatly. This was even more devastating. Every politician and world leader should be required to go through this museum and every school child should be taught the truth about what happened to the Jewish people throughout the centuries, beginning with the crusades and up through World War II.
Now I realize why every shabbat and feast day is a priority for families in Israel to get together, unlike America, where so many families are falling apart and choosing to walk away from each other. The Jewish families had no choice. They were torn apart, tortured and exterminated. Perhaps that’s why they value the families they have.
Just getting to come to Israel has been a wonderful experience. We were invited to join a large family and many of their friends for Rosh Hashana, which happened to fall on my birthday. Then on Friday, we drove to Tel Aviv, where we ate lunch, walked along the beach and visited a Messianic Congregation in the late afternoon before the beginning of Shabbat. Thought we didn’t understand much of it since it was all in Hebrew, we did know one of the songs (in Hebrew, Sh’ma Israel), were able to follow some of the scriptures, enjoyed the shofar blowing for Yom Teruah, and joined them in a time of repentance looking forward to Yom Kippur. Before and after the service, we visited with a few English-speaking people and were invited to join them all for a meal. I just THOUGHT I knew what a feast was before coming here and joining people for Shabbat & Rosh Hashana/Yom Teruah. I had know idea. I have never seen so much food and preparations as they do for every Shabbat and Feast day. Delicious, too, I might add.
One of my goals is to get some good pictures of the donkey carts transporting people and goods and the shepherds with their goats or sheep that we see everywhere, in and around small towns and out in the valleys and hills. It’s hard to get a picture as Neal is zooming by. Depending on where we are driving, you have to keep going to keep up with or not delay traffic. Here are some I took recently. I did not take a picture I have seen twice of someone butchering sheep on the front porch of a business in an Arab village we drive thru coming and going from Samaria back into the main part of Israel. I was surprised to see a few sheep just laying nearby with no fence or tie-down, waiting their turn to be butchered! I will add to this post as I get more related pictures.
The black tents are Bedouin.
We saw these as we were driving out of the Shomron yesterday.
More pictures from Monday’s trip.
Monday we made our 3rd trek up to Jerusalem. Thankfully, we were able to navigate by ourselves, using Waze app. It is THE app to use while in Israel. We made it to the top of Mt. of Olives, took some photos, drove down to Gethsemane, and then back to the Old City thru Jaffa Gate. The first picture is the first thing we saw when we reached the top. Then, view from the mount, Gethsemane, and the church there
Monday we made our 3rd trek up to Jerusalem. Thankfully, we were able to navigate by ourselves, using Waze app. It is THE app to use while in Israel. We made it to the top of Mt. of Olives, took some photos, drove down to Gethsemane, and then back to the Old City thru Jaffa Gate.
Glida (Hebrew for ice cream)–hmm, what kind do I want? Our friend a the guest house, Rory, now calls me Glida, because that’s one of the things I alway look for.
Below is the Via DoloRosa
Neal wanted to walk thru the Arab Quarter to see the Damascus Gate. I was a little nervous about that since some of it was sparsely populated or empty hallways, not sure where they would lead, but we made it going out to the gate & back in down the road thru another part of the Arab quarter into the Jewish quarter and out Jaffa Gate.
I’m amazed at how many shepherds we see out on the hills with their sheep or goats. This guy even smiled at me & waved when I took his picture. I’m always on the lookout for donkeys & carts, which we see every time we go somewhere, but Neal doesn’t slow down & it’s hard to get a picture. We do see some unusual things, like butchering sheep & goats on the porch of an Arab business as we drive thru the village on our way out of the Shomron.
On Sunday we went back to Jerusalem to see the Israel Museum, which included the Shrine of the Book. It included history, fragments and replicas of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Fascinating, but picture-taking wasn’t allowed. In the rest of the museum, there was all kinds of ancient artifacts, including weapons, which of course, really got Neal’s attention. So we have a lot of pictures of ancient swords, daggers, knives and spears.
Ancient Hebrew Script
Replica of Ancient Tomb
Synagogues from foreign countries.
The script below was an interesting document on the wall in the museum near some sarcophagi from the time of Yeshua.
Below is a ceiling of an old synagogue, someone in Germany was using for a barn. It was taken apart and reconstructed at the museum.
Below are pictures of the Jerusalem model as it was during the 2nd Temple period.
Below is the Knesset and the giant menorah across the street from it.