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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Jerusalem Day #1

Wow, what a day! We dropped Carlie off at the home of one of our dear friends whose mother is here this year. We arrived at their house at around 7:05 am. We then were dropped off at HUC for a day long tiyul (trip). First, we went to the Tayelet--the Jerusalem promenade. We had Shacharit, morning services, overlooking Jerusalem's Old City. It was gorgeous, and very spiritual. After services, we sat down with our teacher, Moshe, and looked at texts revolving around David Melech. We were looking for areas of the text we might have questions about, and we found lots of questions, with lots of answers!

Then, we were off for a very nice hike around the Tayelet. The pictures we took of Jerusalem are priceless, and when you get a chance to see them, you'll marvel at the beauty of the pictures. We then took a short bus ride into East Jerusalem, the Arab section of Jerusalem. It was a complete balagan (mess) as our busses barely made it through the small streets. I am truly amazed how the bus driver was able to manuever the bus around all of the other cars.

Once we were out of the mess of cars, we went to Ir David--the city of David. We saw an interesting video about the history of the city. Then we walked around and a saw of couple of archaelogical sites. We saw excavations of what could be David's Palace, and a 2000 year old toilet! Then we waded through Hezekiah's Tunnel, a 3,000 year old natural spring water system that was used and developed by Hezekiah, a former king of Jerusalem.

Then we walked around the Old City of Jerusalem a bit, stopping at a few places along the way, such as the supposed Tomb of David. We even saw a Christian group who was experiencing the path of Jesus when he carried his Cross. What was interesting about this Cross was that it was on wheels! Tonight, Batya and I are going to have dinner with some friends and have a few drinks at a bar, a great way to relax after a long day of hiking and learning!

Until next time, B'Shalom!

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