What Is the Wailing Wall?

What a melancholy word – wailing! I know of only one architectural site in the world that’s described by that adjective. It’s the Western Wall of the Temple Mount within the Old City of Jerusalem. What is the Wailing Wall? Why is it so important? And why does it bear its sad name? Nearly a […]

Israel 2015: Day 5

Jerusalem is a city of bitter tears, golden stones, and flourishing gardens straddling the edge of a burning desert. It’s been razed and raised more times than historians can count, layer upon layer, century after century. As Ground Zero for the world’s three great religions — Judaism, Christianity, and Islam — Jerusalem welcomes an endless parade of pilgrims […]

Israel 2015: Day 4

In keeping with the footsteps of Jesus, we left Galilee today and traveled along the Jordan River down the Jordan Valley toward Jericho, then on to Jerusalem. Along the way we had some great stops. First was Beit She’an. At the top of the mountain (or tel) in the picture below stood the ancient city […]

Israel 2015: Day 3

We’ve had a wonderful day in Israel, starting with an early morning visit to Arbel, the cliffs overlooking the Sea of Galilee. This was a new experience for me, but I’d love to spend more time here, hiking, taking in the views, and meditating. After Arbel, we went to the Mount of Beatitudes, where we […]