Monday, November 12, 2007

More Jerusalem

Yes, we're back home but our loyal readership deserves more photos, so Rich and I will keep posting some selections in chronological order.

Here's a Jerusalem street (there are no thoroughfares in the old city - all the streets are like this), my mother and me in front of the Dome, a view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, and a view of olives on the Mount of Olives. Actually, the olive tree is in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus was supposed to have been arrested. Carbon dating says the trees are over 2000 years old, so presumably they knew Jesus personally.
Before I post more pictures, I wanted to quickly explain the ones from the last pictured post. The top two are of the Dome on the Rock, where Mohammed was supposed to have dreamed that he ascended to heaven, also, the site of the erstwhile 2 Jewish Temples, and the holiest site in Judaism. They're excavating underneath the site, and we (Rich, my parents and I) took a tour of the excavated tunnels with Ziggy and Siggy Fromm and their daughters Hadass and Daphne (bottom picture). The other pictures are of the Wailing Wall, the retaining wall of the Temple, and the only part remaining above ground. The metal door is at the Kabbalah Yeshiva where Siggy's cousin used to work.