Israel Photo Gallery – Jerusalem
Travelog and interesting stories from Israel published under the Scrolls from the holy land series.
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and is divided into the old city and new city that surrounds it. You could also say it’s divided into Israel and Palestine (East Jerusalem). In any case, Jerusalem is the heart of Israel and the three Abrahamic faiths and this fact is abundantly evident as you traverse alleys in the old city.
There is no parallel I can think of for the Shabbat spectacle at the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem. It is an immensely powerful spiritual experience and if there is one thing you want to do in Israel, I’d say this is it. The joy of mingling with the crowds, celebrating, dancing, singing, the arrival of Saturday, which is just a day in our calendar, something that seems very menial and routine but has a very profound meaning for the Jewish people, is worth experiencing first hand.
Rest of the Old city is literally littered with religious sites that are found all over the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Koran – be it the site of Jesus’ crucification, Dome of the rock, Temple mount, Western wall, Mt. Zion, etc. to name a few. I can still recall the invigorating feeling of being inside the room of the last supper, and walking the path along the stations of the cross, and climbing to the Dome of the Rock. These represent the holiest of the holy sites in the three Abrahamic religions.