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Western Wall: The Heart of Jerusalem

At the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City is the Western Wall. This often called the Wailing Wall, but you will never hear a Jew use this name as it is considered highly offensive.  This name was coined by non-Jews who occupied Israel, mocking the pain of the Jews who wept at the Western Wall after the ancient Jewish Temple was destroyed by…

Jerusalem: 7 inspiring Things To See

Jerusalem is perhaps (in my humble opinion) the holiest city in the world for Jews, Muslims and Christians.  It’s seeping with history and staggeringly beautiful. Our visit to Jerusalem was peaceful, with no aggression, concerns, and was quite different from the images often portrayed in the media. It’s extremely powerful and profound to see and feel the deep spirituality from people…

Christmas Eve in Bethlehem

I’m going to go out on a limb here, and say everyone knows Jesus was born in Bethlehem on December 25th.  Regardless of your beliefs, religion and culture, this sacred place is the essence of Christmas. Since we’d be in Israel in December, we knew we had to experience this ‘bucket-list’ moment and head to Manger Square for…